Grammys 2021 Nominees Revealed: Beyoncé, Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift

Megan Thee Stallion, Brittany Howard, Dua Lipa, John Prine, and Flying Lotus also among this year's notable nominees

Grammy 2021 nominees: Phoebe Bridgers, Beyoncé, Fiona Apple, and Taylor Swift
Grammy 2021 nominees: Phoebe Bridgers, Beyoncé, Fiona Apple, and Taylor Swift

    Nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards have been revealed. Now in its 63rd year, the annual ceremony recognizes the best albums, songs, and artists of the eligibility period (September 1st, 2019 – August 31st, 2020).

    Already the second most nominated artist in Grammy history, Beyoncé leads all of this year’s contenders with a total of nine nominations. Queen Bey’s “Black Parade” received nods for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Additionally, her and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” remix earned nominations for Record of the Year, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song.

    Speaking of Megan Thee Stallion, she’ll also vie for Best New Artist against Phoebe Bridgers, Kaytranada, Doja Cat, and Chika.

    Bridgers received a surprising four nominations. In addition to Best New Artist, the indie songwriter’s song “Kyoto” is up for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, and her masterful sophomore full-length Punisher is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album.


    The incomparable Fiona Apple also received a trio of nominations. “Shameika” is in consideration for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, and Fetch the Bolt Cutters is in the running for Best Alternative Music Album.

    Taylor Swift, unsurprisingly, was honored for her latest album folklore. She earned six nominations, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year (“cardigan)”, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“exile featuring Justin Vernon).

    Other Album of the Year contenders include HAIM (Women In Music Pt. III), Dua Lipa (Future Nostalgia), Post Malone (Hollywood’s Bleeding), Black Pumas (Black Pumas), Coldplay (Everyday Life), Jhené Aiko (Chilombo), and Jacob Collier (Djesse Vol. 3).


    Billie Eilish, who last year swept the four general music categories, received four more nominations this year. “Everything I Wanted” is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance, while her James Bond theme “No Time to Die” received recognition in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category.

    Brittany Howard received a total of five nominations, including Best Rock Performance (“Stay High”), Best Rock Song (“Stay High”), Best Alternative Music Album (Jaime), Best R&B Performance (“Goat Head”), and Best American Roots Performance (“Short and Sweet”).

    The late John Prine received two posthumous nominations for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song, both for his final song “I Remember Everything”.

    K-pop kings BTS earned their first-ever Grammy nomination in a performance category as their song “Dynamite” is up for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance.

    Other notable nominees include Flying Lotus (Producer of the Year), Jay Electronica (Best Rap Album), Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist (Best Rap Album), Power Trip (Best Metal Performance), Fontaines D.C. (Best Rock Album), and Arca (Best Dance/Electronica Album).


    Not everyone walked away with a nomination, however. In one of the most shocking snubbings in recent memory, The Weeknd was completely shut out of the 2021 Grammys despite having one of the year’s biggest albums.

    The 2021 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, January 31st and will be hosted by The Daily Show anchor Trevor Noah. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it remains to be seen whether the ceremony will take place in a live capacity with an audience.

    See the list of notable 2021 Grammy nominees below. You can find the complete list at the Grammys’ website.

    Album of the Year:

    Jhené Aiko – Chilombo
    Black Pumas – Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)
    Coldplay – Everyday Life
    Jacob Collier Djesse Vol. 3
    HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III
    Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
    Post Malone – Hollywood’s Burning
    Taylor Swift – Folklore


    Record of the Year:

    Beyoncé – “Black Parade”
    Black Pumas – “Colors”
    DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”
    Doja Cat – “Say So”
    Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
    Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”
    Post Malone – “Circles”
    Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – “Savage”

    Song of the Year:

    Beyoncé – “Black Parade”
    Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
    Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”
    Post Malone – “Circles”
    Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”
    Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
    H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
    JP Saxe feat. Julia Michaels – “If the World Was Ending”

    Best New Artist:

    Ingrid Andress
    Phoebe Bridgers
    Noah Cyrus
    D Smoke
    Doja Cat
    Megan Thee Stallion

    Best Solo Pop Performance:

    Justin Bieber – “Yummy”
    Doja Cat – “Say So”
    Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
    Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”
    Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”
    Taylor Swift – “cardigan”


    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

    J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy – “Un Dia (One Day)”
    Justin Bieber feat. Quavo – “Intentions”
    BTS – “Dynamite”
    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
    Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver – “exile”

    Best Pop Vocal Album:

    Justin Bieber – Changes
    Lady Gaga – Chromatic
    Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
    Harry Styles – Fine Line
    Taylor Swift – folklore

    Best Dance Recording:

    Diplo & Sidepiece – “On My Mind”
    Disclosure feat. Aminé & slowthai – “My High”
    Flume feat. Toro y Moi – “The Difference”
    Jayda G – “Both of Us”
    Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis – “10%”

    Best Dance/Electronic Album:

    Arca – KiCk i
    Baauer – Planet’s Mad
    Disclosure – Energy
    Kaytranada – Bubba
    Madeon – Good Faith

    Best Rock Performance:

    Fiona Apple – “Shameika”
    Big Thief – “Not”
    Phoebe Bridgers – “Kyoto”
    HAIM – “The Steps”
    Brittany Howard – “Stay High”
    Grace Potter – “Daylight”


    Best Rock Song:

    Phoebe Bridgers – “Kyoto”
    Tame Impala – “Lost in Yesterday”
    Big Thief – “Not”
    Fiona Apple – “Shameika”
    Brittany Howard – “Stay High”

    Best Rock Album:

    Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death
    Michal Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
    Grace Potter – Daylight
    Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury
    The Strokes – The New Abnormal

    Best Alternative Music Album:

    Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
    Beck – Hyperspace
    Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
    Brittany Howard – Jamie
    Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

    Best Metal Performance:

    Body Count – “Bum-Rush”
    Code Orange – “Underneath”
    In This Moment – “The In-Between”
    Poppy – “Bloodmoney”
    Power Trip – “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) – Live”


    Best R&B Performance:

    Jhené Aiko feat. John Legend – “Lighting & Thunder”
    Beyoncé – “Black Parade”
    Jacob Collier feat. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign – “All I Need”
    Brittany Howard – “Goat Head”
    Emily King – “See Me”

    Best R&B Song:

    Rober Glasper feat. H.E.R. – “Better Than I Imagine”
    Beyoncé – “Black Parade”
    Tiana Major9 & Earthgang – “Collide”
    Chloe x Halle – “Do It”
    Skip Marley & H.E.R. – “Slow Down”

    Best Progressive R&B Album:

    Jhené Aiko – Chilombo
    Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
    Free Nationals – Free Nationals
    Robert Grasper – Fuck Yo Feelings
    Thundercat – It Is What It Is


    Best Rap Performance:

    Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle – “Deep Reverence”
    DaBaby – “Bop”
    Jack Harlow – “What’s Poppin”
    Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture
    Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – “Savage”
    Pop Smoke – “Dior”

    Best Melodic Rap Performance:

    DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”
    Drake feat. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now, Cry Later”
    Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”
    Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
    Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

    Best Rap Song:

    Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
    Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
    Drake feat. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now, Cry Later”
    DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”
    Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – “Savage”


    Best Rap Album:

    D Smoke – Black Habits
    Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Alfredo
    Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
    Nas – King’s Disease
    Royce Da 5’9” – The Allegory

    Best Folk Album:

    Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman
    Leonard Cohen – Thanks For the Dance
    Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
    The Secret Sisters – Saturn Return
    Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All the Good Times

    Best Americana Album:

    Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers
    Hiss Holden Messenger – Terms of Surrender
    Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground
    Marcus King – El Dorado
    Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels


    Best American Roots Performance:

    Black Pumas – “Colors”
    Bonny Light Horseman – “Deep in Love”
    Brittany Howard – “Short and Sweet”
    Norah Jones and Mavis Staples – “I’ll Be Gone”
    John Prine – “I Remember Everything”

    Best Comedy Album:

    Tiffany Haddish – Black Mitzvah
    Patton Oswalt – I Love Everything
    Jim Gaffigan – The Pale Tourist
    Bill Burr – Paper Tiger
    Jerry Seinfeld – 23 Hours to Kill

    Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:

    Max Richter – Ad Astra
    Kamasi Washington – Becoming
    Hildur Guonadóttir – Joker
    Thomas Newman – 1917
    John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


    Best Song Written For Visual Media:

    Taylor Swift – “Beautiful Ghosts”
    Brandi Carlile – “Carried Me With You”
    Idina Menzel & Aurora – “Into the Unknown”
    Billie Eilish – “No Time to Die”
    Cynthia Erivo – “Stand Up”

    Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    Bill & Ted Face the Music
    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
    Frozen 2
    JoJo Rabbit

    Best Music Film:

    Beastie Boys – Beastie Boys Story
    Beyoncé – Black Is King
    Freestyle Love Supreme – We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
    Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
    ZZ Top – That Little Ol’ Band From Texas

    Best Music Video:

    Beyoncé – “Brown Skin Girl”
    Future featuring Drake – “Life Is Good”
    Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”
    Harry Styles – “Adore You”
    Woodkid – “Goliath”


    Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:

    Jack Antonoff
    Dan Auerbach
    Dave Cobb
    Flying Lotus
    Andrew Wyatt

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