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Beyonce Leads With 9 Grammy Nominations, Rihanna Fans Cry Foul

'Lemonade' has secured Beyonce 9 Grammy nominations, but where is Rihanna's Album of the Year nomination?

07/12/2016 12:56 SAST | Updated 07/12/2016 13:10 SAST
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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 04: Beyonce performs at a concert for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, OH (Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)

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The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced last night and Beyoncé held on to her position as the most-nominated woman in Grammy history, racking up nine nominations for her "Lemonade" album that was released in April 2016. Currently ranked the second most-awarded woman in Grammy history, Knowles needs to take home seven of those nine nominations to tie with most-awarded woman in Grammy history, country singer Alison Krauss.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy Talks Beyoncé ----------------------------------------------------Artists are feeling emboldened and courageous and just wanting to step out of the predictable boundaries of what they have done. Of course, (Beyoncé) is the poster child for that. Portnow lauds that she is the "poster child for that kind of diversification and for stepping out and doing whatever she feels comfortable to do. It's great to see that fans are open-minded and want to embrace all of that." --------------------------------------------------- As a testament to Lemonade's wide-ranging appeal, Beyoncé is also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance ("Hold Up"), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Lemonade), Best Rap/Sung Performance ("Freedom" with Kendrick Lamar) and Best Rock Performance ("Don't Hurt Yourself" with Jack White). "I usually don't shout out artists, but if you look at Beyoncé, you see a rock performance, a rap-sung performance, a music film, a video, urban contemporary, song of the year," Portnow says. "That's a very, very broad musical palate to paint on that she's chosen. We applaud artists who have the guts to do that." #GRAMMYs 👑

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Just behind Knowles are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight nominations each, while Chance The Rapper (real name Chancelor Bennett) received seven. Bennett made history with his nomination for "Coloring Book" in the Best Rap Album category, making the independently released album the first streaming-only album to receive a Grammy nomination.

Despite her eight nominations, Rihanna's fans have taken to social media to voice their dissatisfaction that her album, "Anti", was not nominated as Album of the Year. The category features Adele for "25", Beyoncé for "Lemonade", Justin Bieber for "Promise", Drake for "Views" and Sturgill Simpson for "A Sailor's Guide to Earth", while "Anti" was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Album of the Year is always a hotly contested category, but 2016 was an especially big year for music, with major artists releasing popular albums that spanned a number of genres.
Rihanna will receive an Album of the Year Grammy as a featured artist on Drake's "Views" album, should the album win in the category. But despite nomination predictions naming the "Work" hit maker's 8th album as a definite contender for Album of the Year for her "experiments in sound and vocal delivery", and the album's critical acclaim, she did not make the final list for the Awards' most coveted win.

The 2017 Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on 12 February 2017.