The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are on January 31, 2021
Earlier today, The Record Academy announced the nominees for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and notably leading the pack are female artists. From GRAMMY nominee regulars like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift to newcomers Phoebe Bridgers, Megan The Stallion, and more, Music’s Biggest Night has some of the industry’s best artists vying for major awards. See the seven female artists leading the 2021 GRAMMY nominations below.
While these powerhouse women lead the charge with the most nominations, other notable nominations include Doja Cat’s “Say So” for Record of the Year, Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo and HAIM’s Women In Music Pt. III for Album of the Year, and a female-led Best New Artist field including Noah Cyrus, Ingrid Andress, Chika, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion, among others.
Fiona Apple, Chloe x Halle, Jhené Aiko and Doja Cat also share the distinction of holding three nominations this year. Arca looks ahead at a possible Best Dance/Electronic Album win, Grace Potter attempts to secure a win for Best Rock Album in a male-dominated category, and Lady Gaga’s new album Chromatica earns the popstar two nominations. See the list of nominees here.
The 63rd GRAMMY Awards are on January 31, 2021. For complete coverage and previous years, click here.
1. Beyoncé (9 nominations)
Beyoncé leads overall this year with a whopping nine nominations, which includes two nominations for Record of the Year. Her powerful song “Black Parade” picks up nominations in two of the four main categories for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Beyoncé also receives a nomination for her music film, Black Is King, the accompanying soundtrack’s “Brown Skin Girl” music video, and her collaboration on the remix of Megan Thee Stallion‘s hit single, “Savage.”
Beyoncé now has a total of 79 GRAMMY nominations, extending her record as the Most Nominated Female Artist in GRAMMY history. She also ties Paul McCartney as the 3rd Most-Nominated Artist in GRAMMY history.
Record of the Year – “Black Parade”
Record of the Year – “Savage ft. Beyoncé”
Song of the Year – “Black Parade”
Best R&B Performance – “Black Parade”
Best R&B Song – “Black Parade”
Best Rap Performance – “Savage ft. Beyoncé”
Best Rap Song – “Savage ft. Beyoncé”
Best Music Video – “Brown Skin Girl”
Best Music Film – “Black Is King”
2. Dua Lipa (6 nominations)
British pop sensation Dua Lipa garners six nominations for the 63rd GRAMMYs. She ties as the second most-nominated artist of the night alongside rapper Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift. Her irresistible single, “Don’t Start Now” picks up three nominations, including bids for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Her retro smash album, Future Nostalgia, claims a coveted spot among Album of the Year contenders and picks up a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.
“Un Dia (One Day),” the smooth bilingual track featuring Dua Lipa, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Tainy, receives a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song is Dua Lipa’s second collaborative song to receive a GRAMMY nomination. In 2018, Dua’s efforts on Silk City’s hit “Electricity” landed her a win for Best Dance Recording, the same night she was named Best New Artist.
Record of the Year – “Don’t Start Now”
Album of the Year – “Future Nostalgia”
Song of the Year – “Don’t Start Now”
Best Pop Solo Performance – “Don’t Start Now”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Un Dia (One Day)”
Best Pop Vocal Album – “Future Nostalgia”
3. Taylor Swift (6 nominations)
In July, Taylor Swift surprise-released her eighth studio album, folklore, to widespread acclaim. The record-breaking album gave Swift her seventh consecutive number-one album in the US and is the only album to sell over a million copies stateside in 2020. folklore receives a top honor nomination for Album of the Year, while Swift’s sixth number-one single, “cardigan” contends for Song of the Year. Swift picks up three additional nominations in the pop category, including a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nomination for her song “Exile” with Bon Iver.
Swift is a 10-time GRAMMY Award winner, having received 41 nominations in the span of her career thus far. She’s is one of only two female solo artists, along with Adele, to win Album Of The Year twice for her solo recordings.
Album of the Year – “Folklore”
Song of the Year – “Cardigan”
Best Pop Solo Performance – “Cardigan”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Exile”
Best Pop Vocal Album – “Folklore”
Best Song Written for Visual Media – “Beautiful Ghosts” [From Cats]
4. Brittany Howard (5 nominations)
Brittany Howard is no stranger to Music’s Biggest Night, collecting wins both as a solo artist and with her band Alabama Shakes. This year, Howard receives five nominations following the release of her soulful debut album, Jaime. The record is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, while its standout lead single, “Stay High” contends for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. The powerhouse vocalist is also contending in the Best R&B Performance and Best American Roots Performance categories.
A frequent nominee within the Rock/Alt categories, Brittany Howard won Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for the Alabama Shakes song, “Don’t Wanna Fight” in 2015. The track’s album, Sound & Color also won Best Alternative Music Album. In 2017, “Killer Diller Blues” earned Brittany Howard her first GRAMMY as a solo artist for Best American Roots Performance.
Best Rock Performance – “Stay High”
Best Rock Song – “Stay High”
Best Alternative Music Album – “Jaime”
Best R&B Performance – “Goat Head”
Best American Roots Performance – “Short And Sweet”
5. Phoebe Bridgers (4 nominations)
Emo-folk artist Phoebe Bridgers makes her GRAMMY debut this year with four nominations. The singer-songwriter’s second album, Punisher, picks up a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, while Bridgers’ buzzing track, “Kyoto” picks up nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. The LA-native also nabs a coveted Best New Artist nomination.
Punisher is the follow-up to Phoebe’s 2017 debut album, Stranger in the Alps. In addition to her solo work, Phoebe collaborates with Conor Oberst on the project, Better Oblivion Community Center, which debuted with a self-titled album in 2019, and is part of the musical groups boygenius alongside Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus.
Best New Artist
Best Rock Performance – “Kyoto”
Best Rock Song – “Kyoto”
Best Alternative Music Album – “Punisher”
6. Billie Eilish (4 nominations)
At 18 years old, Billie Eilish is already a GRAMMYs veteran. This year, the pop prodigy receives four nominations with her song “Everything I Wanted” earning the artist her second consecutive nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. Eilish’s James Bond theme song, “No Time To Die” also earns a nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Last year was a fairytale year for Eilish, with the young artist sweeping wins in all four major categories – Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist – for her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and one of its many international hits, “Bad Guy.”
Record of the Year – “Everything I Wanted”
Song of the Year – “Everything I Wanted”
Best Pop Solo Performance – “Everything I Wanted”
Best Song Written for Visual Media – “No Time To Die” [From James Bond: No Time To Die]
7. Megan Thee Stallion (4 nominations)
More good news for Megan Thee Stallion. Just days after releasing her highly-anticipated debut album, Good News, the Houston rapper has received her first four GRAMMY nominations. In addition to receiving a Best New Artist nomination, Megan’s hit single, “Savage” featuring Beyoncé, contends for the major accolade of Record of the Year. The song also picks up nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
Megan has been unstoppable over the last two years and the nominations are well-deserved. If last year’s “Hot Girl Summer” wasn’t enough of a viral sensation, the rapper kicked off the year with a huge new EP, Suga, a viral TikTok challenge, and collaborated with Cardi B on the number-one song, “W.A.P.”
Record of the Year – “Savage ft. Beyonce”
Best New Artist
Best Rap Performance – “Savage ft. Beyonce”
Best Rap Song – “Savage ft. Beyonce”
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