Beyoncé vs. Adele. It’s the Grammy matchup fans and experts have been anticipating all year and The Recording Academy did not disappoint.
Beyoncé picked up nine nominations for her wide-ranging “Lemonade” album to lead all nominees, while Adele picked up five nominations in the general and pop categories.
The global superstars will face off in all three of the top categories, with Beyoncé’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” duking it out for record and song of the year, with Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” challenging them in both categories. Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and Adele’s “25” will also compete for album of the year, against Justin Bieber’s “Purpose,” Drake’s “Views” and Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”
Country singers Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris will compete for best new artist, along with Chance the Rapper, R&B/dance music breakout star Anderson .Paak and hitmakers The Chainsmokers.
Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West received eight nominations each.
Rockville Centre-raised Amy Schumer landed two nominations — for best comedy album for “Live at the Apollo” and best spoken word album for the audiobook of her memoir “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.” Amityville natives De La Soul landed a best rap album nomination for their “And the Anonymous Nobody” album. Southold’s Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could are up for best children’s album Grammy nomination for their “Press Play,” their third album in a row to get a nod.
Every crop of nominations has its share of head-scratchers and this year is no exception. The snub of the late David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar” in the major categories was stunning, especially considering Justin Bieber’s popular, but uneven “Purpose” landed an album of the year nomination. And Mike Posner’s song of the year nod for “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” was unexpected, considering how many other well-crafted and popular songs it beat out.
Winners of The 59th annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. James Corden of “The Late Late Show” will host the ceremony.