Today, December 6th the 2017 Grammy nominations have officially been announced! The Grammy’s which airs in February have a prestigious nominee line up. Pop superstar Beyonce is leading the nomination line up with nine nominations including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Other pop and hip hop artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West and Drake also scored multiple Grammy nominations this year, each artist landing eight nominations. Chicago native rapper Chance the Rapper has a reason to celebrate, officially having seven nominations under his belt. Astonishing artists such as: De La Soul, Laylah Hathaway, Mint Condition, School Boy Q also received Grammy nominations in the Best R&B and Best Hip Hop Album categories. Pop stars such as Adele, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake all received Grammy nod’s for Best pop album, Best Songs Written For Visual Media and more! This Grammy nomination lineup is pretty understandable and pretty valid. Beyonce rocked the music world all of 2016 with her blunt, unapologetic approach on her record “Formation” but the overall Lemonade visual was inspiring and life changing. Poetic, yet authentic. Beyonce revealed a different side this year, which was contagious for the ear but also embodied women-hood and represented black culture. Also, Beyonce embraced the black beauty that is sometimes shattered by the media. This is the perfect time for Beyonce to lead in Grammy nod’s because she pushed the limit this year, and fearlessly expressed her personal thoughts, but also societal thoughts that most of society can’t even boldly express. Kanye West leading second in the ranks is very accurate as well. The “Life of Pablo” album was literally out of the box creativity. Every track on the album had a unique sound, but also Kanye’s savvy lyrics were once again not only smooth but raw and very in your face. Also, Life of Pablo brought on a lot of clever artwork that created such genius controversy on social media. “Famous” was a music video depicting the reality of the most controversial entertainers in Hollywood. “Fade” is a visual that’s very 80’s inspired, such as the movie Flash-Dance. But, featuring singer Teyana Taylor was the perfect addition to this visual. This music video embraced black beauty, but also created the symbolization of the strength of a woman. What would a man be without his woman? “Fade” celebrated the power, beauty, and dominance of a woman in this world. Kanye envisions his work in a way that only Kanye can fully understand, but I think that’s what makes his work so unique and timeless. That’s why Kanye has a strong lead in nominations this year. Rihanna has always embraced rebellion, and being fearless with who she is as a person but also as an artist. Rihanna’s Anti album, but also her Anti movement was a rebellious approach to music expressing her thoughts on societal issues but also embodying the true definition of feminism and walking to your own tune. Rihanna’s ability to represent boldness in her music is why Rihanna is in her own lane and one of the top 5 artists leading in nominations this year. Drake is one of the hottest hip hop artists out in current music, but also one of the top artists of 2016. Between adding flavor on hit songs such as DJ Khaled’s “For Free“, 2 Chainz “Big Amount” and Future’s “Used To This” it’s very valid for Drake to have such high amount of nominations. It’s literally the Champagne Papi’s year. Let’s toast to that! When the Canadian hit maker released his album “Views” early 2016, the music world went crazy. Drake’s “One Dance” feat. Wizkid & Kyla, “Controlla“, “Too Good” (feat. Rihanna), “Grammy’s” (feat. Future) all created the perfect ambiance on the dance floor all of 2016.Whenever One Dance plays there’s no way you can sit down. Drake also had success in 2016 with his Summer Sixteen Tour. The hip hop artist is also releasing a new album called “More Life” which will be releasing before the end of 2016. The man is unstoppable, it’s only right for Drake to receive numerous nominations. How do you feel about this year’s Grammy nominations? Who do you feel should be in the lineup this year? The Grammy’s will be airing live February 12 at 8pm on CBS. To see the full list of the 2017 Grammy Nominations, checkout the Billboard.com link below!
Official 2017 Grammy Nomination list:
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