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Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna lead Grammy nominations

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After months of speculation, nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live on Feb. 12, 2017, were announced Tuesday night.

Beyoncé, who is rumored to be performing at the Los Angeles ceremony, lived up to expectations, with nominations in nine categories including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Drake and Rihanna are each up for eight awards, and Adele five, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

Chance the Rapper, whose album “Coloring Book” was the first streaming-only album to make the Billboard 200, has seven nominations in five categories. The Grammys has changed its rules to now consider stream-only releases for the 59th awards.

Singer Meghan Trainor, who took home the Best New Artist award at the star-studded ceremony held earlier this year, revealed the nominees for Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year live on “CBS This Morning”, shortly before the nominations across all 84 categories were published online. 

The 2017 show will be hosted by “The Late Late Show” presenter James Corden, after five years of Grammys hosting duties by American rapper and actor LL Cool J. 

At the 2016 ceremony earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar picked up several trophies including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song, while Taylor Swift took home her second Album of the Year award for 1989 alongside prizes for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

Source: Time

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