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Beyonce on Track to Make GRAMMY History

by Stacy Lambe 8:07 AM PST, December 06, 2016
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Beyonce is officially on track to make GRAMMY history.

It came as no surprise that Lemonade, Beyonce’s sixth studio album, earned nine GRAMMY nominations, when the nominees were announced on Tuesday. The album, universally received by critics, has topped Rolling Stone and Complex’s album of the year lists as well as earned the singer a record sixth debut at the top of the Billboard 200.

Not only is the singer the frontrunner at the 2017 GRAMMYs when the awards are handed out live on Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS, but she could also break a few longstanding records.

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Beyonce’s 2017 GRAMMY Nominations

• Album of the Year for Lemonade
• Record of the Year for "Formation"
• Song of the Year for "Formation"
• Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade
• Best Pop Solo Performance for "Hold Up"
• Best Rock Performance for "Don't Hurt Yourself" featuring Jack White
• Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Freedom" featuring Kendrick Lamar
• Best Music Film for Lemonade
• Best Music Video for "Formation" 

In addition to her nine nominations, Beyonce was recognized across six different fields of categories -- pop, rap, R&B, rock, music video/film and general -- making her the most diverse nominee this year. While she’s not the first to have nominations in four different genres, she is the first to do it in the same year.

Add her nomination and win for Best Surround Sound Album, and she is now tied with Michael and Janet Jackson, who have been nominated in seven different categories. But Beyonce is going to have to make a dent in country and spoken word if she wants to get anywhere close to Sir Paul McCartney (10) or Bob Dylan (13). 

Most GRAMMY Nominations

Already 7th on the list for most nominations at 53, Beyonce now has 62, putting her two behind her husband, Jay Z. Kanye West earned an additional eight nominations for a total of 68.

New Order:

1. Quincy Jones, 79
2. Georg Solti, 74
3. Kanye West, 68
4. Jay Z, 64
5. Beyonce, 62

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Most GRAMMY Nominations for a Female Artist

In 2014, Beyonce surpassed Dolly Parton, becoming the most nominated female artist in history. Now she’s in a class all of her own with 62. (Parton has 47 and Barbra Streisand has 43.)

Most GRAMMYs Won

In total, Beyonce has 20 wins to her name, putting her at the bottom of the all-time winner’s record list behind Jay Z and West, who both have 21 statues. Any number of wins would inch her past her husband, who was not nominated this year.

While she technically can’t beat out Georg Solti -- the conductor who has 31 gramophones -- she could get close. If she wins all nine of her awards, she’ll pass Quincy Jones and Alison Krauss (both have 27) with 29 total wins.

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Most GRAMMYs Won by a Female Artist

In terms of records, there’s only one woman Beyonce has yet to best: Alison Krauss. The bluegrass singer has 27 wins, including 17 with the band, Union Station. If she takes at least eight of the nine, Beyonce will finally be at the top of the list. 

Most Honored Albums  

If Beyonce takes home all nine awards, Lemonade will tie with U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and Santana’s Supernatural for most honored album of all time. Even eight wins will tie her with Michael Jackson (Thriller), Norah Jones (Come Away With Me) and Ray Charles (Genius Love Company). Currently, her most celebrated album is I Am... Sasha Fierce, which earned six awards. 

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Most GRAMMYs Won in One Night

If Beyonce takes home all nine awards, she’ll top the most GRAMMYs won in one night, besting Michael Jackson and Santana, both who have won eight. Her biggest haul is six awards in 2010. 

Most GRAMMYs Won by a Female Artist in One Night

Beyonce already has this record -- a tie with Adele for six wins in one evening. (This year, Adele garnered five nominations for 25.) If Beyonce takes home more than six in February and she’ll have this title all to herself.

The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards live on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS.

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