9-time nominee Beyonce leads Sunday’s Grammys; new talent in tow

Mar 11, 2021

Beyonce leads Sunday’s 63rd Grammy Awards show with nine nominations, which will mean she has been nominated 79 times throughout her career. 

Next in line, it is Roddy Ricch, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, who are all tied at six nominations each. The Album of the Year nominees include Jhene Aiko, Black Pumas, Coldplay, and Post Malone, Dua Lipa, and Haim. 

Megan Thee Stallion, and Da Baby, are two new artists who made 2020 theirs, secured four nominations each. 

Favorite artists are set to perform, and a lot of the performances are actually given by nominees this year. They include Cardi B, Da Baby, Doja Cat, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Roddy Ricch. 

This year’s award show is supposed to have back-to-back performances, with some presenting. Some of these artists such as Megan, and Doja will be performing on stage at the Grammys for the first time, and that in itself is a career milestone. 

All of the nominees are set to either perform, or present, except Beyonce -- despite her nine nominations, for “Black Parade” and “Savage.” Fans on social media were disappointed, and wondered if she would even be in attendance  

Bruno Mars, and Anderson Paak, also took to twitter wishing to perform their new song “Leave the Door Open,” so fans have a ton to look forward to on Sunday night. 

Monitoring reactions on social media, pre-awards, there have been mixed signals about people’s feelings about the 63rd annual show. Fellow twitter user Chelsie Jones tweeted, “I am so excited for this year’s Grammy awards! Of course, Beyonce is my favorite artist, but Megan Thee Stallion deserves this so much!” Another user tweeted, “Do people still watch the Grammys? When they usually snub our favorite Black artist.” 

And social media was in an uproar when The Weeknd, known for his popular song “Blinding Lights,” did not receive a nomination. The Weeknd took to Twitter, to say that the Grammys were corrupt, and other users on the social media platform were speculating that it had to do with his Super Bowl performance. 

Justin Bieber was another artist who felt snubbed, due to the fact that he believes his album is R&B, and it was marked as “Pop.” 

Despite artists feeling left out, unappreciated, or unheard, many artists, and fans are very excited for Sunday’s events including some very popular artists. The 63rd annual Grammy’s start promptly at 8 p.m. Sunday, which will be live broadcast on CBS. 

Will you be tuned in to watch?

The writer is a student in the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication