Beyonce dominates Grammy nominations

Beyonce's leading nine nods make her the second-most nominated Grammy artist in history.
Beyonce's leading nine nods make her the second-most nominated Grammy artist in history.

Beyonce has dominated nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards in a field that favoured alternative artists over mainstream musicians, topped by a stunning snub for The Weeknd, who called the process "corrupt".

Beyonce's leading nine nods made her the second most nominated Grammy artist in history, with 79 nominations, and came through projects that celebrated black culture in a year of racial turmoil in the United States.

The biggest shutout was The Weeknd, who had been widely expected to be nominated for his critically acclaimed hit album After Hours.

Variety called the Canadian R&B singer's omission "the biggest snub in memory", while The Weeknd tweeted: "The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency."

The Recording Academy in June announced tighter rules regarding potential conflicts of interest after claims the selection process was open to rigging.

The Grammys will be handed out in Los Angeles on January 31, hosted by comedian Trevor Noah.

British singer Dua Lipa, pop star Taylor Swift and rapper Roddy Ricch have six nominations apiece.

Swift and Dua Lipa will compete for album of the year along with R&B singer Post Malone, British band Coldplay, female band Haim, avant-garde Briton Jacob Collier, American soul group Black Pumas and American alternative R&B singer Jhene Aiko.

Established artists such as Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, Maren Morris, The Chicks, Halsey and the Jonas Brothers received zero nominations, but K-pop sensation BTS had its first major Grammy nod, for single Dynamite in the best pop group performance field.

The best new artist field included rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat, as well as alternative artist Phoebe Bridgers and Noah Cyrus, Miley's younger sister.

Beyonce's nominations came for her song Black Parade and visual album Black Is King, along with her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on the single Savage. They were released during a summer of US protests over police killings of black people.

Australian Associated Press