It seems that it’s anyone’s game when it comes to who will take home “Album of the Year,” but the battle for the coveted award is between The Pop Queen Beyonce’ and British singer and songwriter Adele for the 2017 Grammy’s.
Both artists were nominated for “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” Moreover, both remain top selling artists based on the success of their latest albums from 2015.
Last year, rumor had it that Adele and Beyonce’ were feuding about the date of their album drop – Queen Bey allegedly delayed her album, according to sources, allowing Adele to have her share of the spotlight with her first album, “25,” in four years.
Well now, the two divas duke it out in the most anticipated Grammy brawl in years.
Adele’s “25,” Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” Drake’s “Views,” Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” and Sturgill Simpson’s ” A Sailor’s Guide to Earth are all up for “Album of the Year” nominations.
“Hello,” by Adele, “Formation” by Beyoncé, “7 Years” by Lukas Graham, “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake and “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots are the nominations for “Record of the Year.”
Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Adele’s “Hello,” Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” are all vying for “Song of the Year.”
However, The Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning that Beyonce’ is leading with nine Grammy Award nominations for her “Formation” single and “Lemonade” album. Next, is Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West with eight a piece and Chance the Rapper with seven.
According to Forbes Magazine, Adele’s third album “25” moved past the 18 million sales mark globally in 2015 as one of the best-selling titles earlier this year.
Beyonce’ has a chance to make history. With a total 62 nominations, Beyoncé is the most nominated female artist ever. She can surpasses Alison Krauss, who holds the title of the female artist 27 wins. Beyonce’ has 20 past wins.
Beyonce’s Lemonade album, with it’s visual component, debuted on HBO and became her 6th million selling album. In the week ending April 28, according to Billboard, sources said Lemonade was on track to sell nearly 450, 000, with its “equivalent unit total” at 550,000 or more.
When she performed “Formation” during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in February, Beyonce’ drew a public debate over its “appropriateness” during the most-watched sports event of the year, the Super Bowl.
Artist Frank Ocean declined to enter his album “Blonde.” Rapper Kanye West had much to say about it, threatening to boycott the awards if Ocean was not recognized.
A few other nominees are “Chance The Rapper,” as he was nominated for best new artist along with Kelsea Ballerini, Anderson Paak, Maren Morris and The Chainsmokers; the late David Bowie’s album, “Blackstar,” was nominated in the alternative music album category.
The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET. James Corden will host the event, which will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
A full list of the nominations can be found at Grammy.com.
Written by: Taylor Bennett