Beyoncé leads the nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards appearing in nine categories.
The nominations were announced on Tuesday, and the awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31 hosted by Trevor Noah.
Beyoncé'a nominations came mostly from her song "Black Parade," which celebrated Black culture and activism and was released during a summer of protests over systemic racism and police killings of black people in the United States.
"Black Parade" will compete in the song and record of the year categories, along with Dua Lipa's pop hit "Don't Start Now."
"Black Parade,” was released by Beyoncé on Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. The song, which reached the Top 40 on the pop charts, is also nominated for best R&B song and best R&B performance.
Beyoncé's “Black Is King” film that highlighted Black art, music, history and fashion is up for best music film while “Brown Skin Girl,” is nominated for best music video.
The singer also earned three nominations for her guest appearance on rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s No. 1 hit “Savage,” including record of the year, best rap performance and best rap song.
The best new artist field included rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat, as well as alternative artist Phoebe Bridgers.
A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. She is tied with Paul McCartney, who earned a nomination this year for best boxed or special limited edition package.
Beyoncé is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each. Jay-Z picked up three nominations this year for his contributions to Beyoncé’s songs: He co-wrote “Black Parade” and “Savage,” thus earning nominations for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song.
Jay-Z has won 22 Grammys throughout his career.
Following is a list of nominations in key categories:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"Chilombo" — Jhené Aiko
"Black Pumas" (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
"Everyday Life" — Coldplay
"Djesse Vol. 3" — Jacob Collier
"Women In Music Pt. III" — Haim
"Future Nostalgia" — Dua Lipa
"Hollywood's Bleeding" — Post Malone
"Folklore" — Taylor Swift
RECORD OF THE YEAR
"Black Parade" — Beyoncé
"Colors" — Black Pumas
"Rockstar" — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
"Say So" — Doja Cat
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish
"Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
"Circles" — Post Malone
"Savage" — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
SONG OF THE YEAR
"Black Parade" — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk & Rickie "Caso" Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"The Box" — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
"Cardigan" — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
"Circles" — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
"Don't Start Now" — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
"I Can't Breathe" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
"If The World Was Ending" — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)
BEST NEW ARTIST
Megan Thee Stallion