by EJ Coleman
The Academy has spoken.
No, not that one, the other one. The Recording Academy officially released the list of nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be hosted by James Corden on February 12th. (A moment of silence for LL Cool J, whose five year reign has sadly come to an end. No one has made suits and hats go so well together, and we will miss your pearly whites onstage this year.)
Aside from the expected Adele vs. Beyoncé competition, there are still some surprises and disappointments, as there always are. Here are some of the highlights.
Sturgill Simpson’s Album of the Year nomination for A Sailor’s Guide To Earth surprised everyone, including Simpson himself, and the Stranger Things soundtrack battles itself in Best Score/Soundtrack for Visual Media as Volume 1 goes up against Volume 2 as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight.
Chance the Rapper is up for seven awards, mainly for his album Coloring Book, which makes it the first streaming-only album to receive a Grammy nomination. Turns out all those hours spent on Spotify were worth it after all, although they’re no help to Radiohead or Bon Iver, who are seemingly both about to be decimated by the late and great David Bowie for Best Alternative Music Album.
Beyoncé’s well-earned nine nominations manage to span four different genres, (“Don’t Hurt Yourself” for rock Performance; “Freedom” for rap; “Hold Up” for pop, and “Lemonade” for urban contemporary), but sadly doesn’t reach country as well. However, A capella Pentatonix surprisingly do for “Jolene” alongside Dolly Parton in Best Country Duo/Group Performance, proving that beatboxing and country music aren’t necessarily at odds.
You can find the full list of nominations here. Fingers crossed for a Beyoncé sweep.