The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced last night and Beyoncé held on to her position as the most-nominated woman in Grammy history, racking up nine nominations for her "Lemonade" album that was released in April 2016. Currently ranked the second most-awarded woman in Grammy history, Knowles needs to take home seven of those nine nominations to tie with most-awarded woman in Grammy history, country singer Alison Krauss.
Just behind Knowles are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight nominations each, while Chance The Rapper (real name Chancelor Bennett) received seven. Bennett made history with his nomination for "Coloring Book" in the Best Rap Album category, making the independently released album the first streaming-only album to receive a Grammy nomination.
Despite her eight nominations, Rihanna's fans have taken to social media to voice their dissatisfaction that her album, "Anti", was not nominated as Album of the Year. The category features Adele for "25", Beyoncé for "Lemonade", Justin Bieber for "Promise", Drake for "Views" and Sturgill Simpson for "A Sailor's Guide to Earth", while "Anti" was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Album of the Year is always a hotly contested category, but 2016 was an especially big year for music, with major artists releasing popular albums that spanned a number of genres.
Rihanna will receive an Album of the Year Grammy as a featured artist on Drake's "Views" album, should the album win in the category. But despite nomination predictions naming the "Work" hit maker's 8th album as a definite contender for Album of the Year for her "experiments in sound and vocal delivery", and the album's critical acclaim, she did not make the final list for the Awards' most coveted win.
The 2017 Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on 12 February 2017.