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