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And the Grammy Nominees Are…

The nominations are out and Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake are leading the way

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Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards are out, and Adele, Beyonce, Drake, and Rihanna are leading the way.

Queen Bey is up for all of the major categories, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year  for “Formation,” and Lemonade snagged a nod for Album of the year. She’ll have stiff competition from Adele who also received noms in each of those categories.



Rihanna is also up for several awards this year, including Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Performance, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Drake clocked in with multiple nominations of his own, including Album of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album.

While most artists claim not to care about awards, just the work, Chicago emcee Chance the Rapper undertook an aggressive campaign to lobby for a Grammy. He took out a full page ad, asking, “Why not me?”

And it appears to have paid off.

Though Chance’s Coloring Book was one of the most talked about albums of the year, his Grammy campaign didn’t hurt, and voters awarded him with nominations for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album.

Underground favorite, We Are King, picked up a surprising nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album alongside Beyonce, Rihanna, Anderson .Paak, and Gallant.

The Grammy Awards will air Sunday, February 12 on CBS. Check out the complete list of nominees here.





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