21 varied hits on Grammy album

Beyonce leads the race at this year’s Grammy Awards with nine nominations.


TWENTY-ONE hits from some of the world’s top stars and hottest newcomers have been gathered for this year’s Grammy Nominees album which, due in stores and via digital retailers from January 20, marks the 23rd year of this popular compilation album series.

A portion of album proceeds benefit the year-round work of the Grammy Museum Foundation and MusiCares Foundation – The Recording Academy-affiliated charitable organisations focused on music education programmes and critical assistance for music people in need.

The compilers of the new album have taken care, as usual, to offer a good cross-section of songs in competition at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented in the US on February 12 at Los Angeles’s Staple Center.

Among the talent here are Album of the Year nominees Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson, as well as Best New Artist nominees Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Maren Morris and Anderson Paak.

The collection opens with Beyonce’s Don’t Hurt Yourself, featuring Jack White, and Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots, which is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

We also get Sia and Sean Paul’s Cheap Thrills, Drake’s Hotline Bling, Adele’s Hello, Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself, The Chainsmokers’ Closer (featuring Halsey) and Kelsea Ballerini’s Peter Pan.

Among other tracks are Marren Morris with My Church, Sturgill Simpson with Brace For Impact (Live A Little), Anderson Paak with Am I Wrong (featuring SchoolBoy Q), Demi Lovato with Confident, Ariana Grande with Dangerous Woman and Kelly Clarkson with her excellent American Idol, slowed-down version of Piece By Piece.

Then there’s Lukas Graham’s catchy 7 Years, Carrie Underwood’s Church Bells. Keith Urban’s Blue Ain’t Your Colour, Brandy Clark’s Love Can Go To Hell Thomas Rhett’s Die A Happy Man, Miranda Lambert’s Vice and Tim McGraw’s Humble and Kind.

The following are highlights from the nominations list for the 59th Grammy Awards, which sees Beyoncé leading the field with nine nominations, followed by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight each.

Adele… up for the Album of the Year and Record of the Year awards.

Album Of TheYear:
25 – Adele
Lemonade  – Beyoncé
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Views – Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:
Hello – Adele
Formation – Beyoncé
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna Featuring Drake
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:
Formation – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Hello – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
7 Years – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

This is Acting by Sia… nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Best New Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson Paak

Best Pop Vocal Album:
25 – Adele
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
Confident – Demi Lovato
This Is Acting – Sia

Best Pop Solo Performance:
Hello – Adele
Hold Up – Beyonce
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Piece By Piece (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Justin Bieber’s Purpose album.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Closer – The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna Featuring Drake
Cheap Thrills – Sia Featuring Sean Paul
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Cinema  – Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels  – Bob Dylan
Stages Live – Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
– Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
– Barbra Streisand

Best Dance Recording:
Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses
Don’ Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
Never Be Like You – Flume Featuring Kai
Rinse & Repeat – Riton Featuring Kah-Lo Drinkee – Sofi Tukker

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Skin – Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch – Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future – Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII – Louie Vega

A Best Rock Album nominee …Cage The Elephants’ Tell Me I’m Pretty.


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
Human Nature – Herb Alpert
When You Wish Upon a Star – Bill Frisell
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY – Steve Gadd Band
Unpsoken – Chuck Loeb
Culcha Vulcha  – Snarky Pupp

Best Rock Performance:
Joe (Live From Austin City Limits) – Alabama Shakes
Don’t Hurt Yourself – Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
Blackstar – David Bowie
The Sound Of Silence – Disturbed
Heathens -Twenty One Pilots

Best Metal Performance:
Shock Me – Baroness
Slivera –  Gojira
Rotting in Vain – Korn
Dystopia – Megadeth
The Price Is Wrong – Periphery

Barbra Streisand’s Encore, a contender for the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Best Rock Song:
Blackstar – David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
Burn the Witch  – Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
Hardwired – James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
Heathens – Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
My Name Is Human – Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Best Rock Album:
California – Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty – Cage the Elephant
Magma – Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
Weezer – Weezer

Best Alternative Music Album:
22, A Million – Bon Iver
Blackstar – David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead

Silver Skies Blue by Judy Collins and Ari Hest is nominated for Best Folk Album.

Best R&B Performance:
Turnin’ Me Up – BJ The Chicago Kid
Permission – Ro James
I Do – Musiq Soulchild
Needed Me – Rihanna
Cranes in the Sky – Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
The Three Of Me – William Bell
Woman’s World – BJ The Chicago Kid
Sleeping With The One I Love – Fantasia
 Angel – Lalah Hathaway
Can’t Wait – Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:
Come and See Me – J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
Exchange – Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
Kiss It Better – Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
Lake By the Ocean – Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) Luv – Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Josh Groban’s Stages Live – nominated for the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Lemonade – Beyoncé
Ology – Gallant
We Are King – KING
Malibu – Anderson Paak
Anti – Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
In My Mind – BJ The Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits – Terrace Martin
Healing Season – Mint Condition
Smoove Jones – Mya

Best Folk Album:
Silver Skies Blue — Judy Collins & Ari Hest
Upland Stories — Robbie Fulks
Factory Girl — Rhiannon Giddens
Weighted Mind — Sierra Hull
Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

Skin by Flume… nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

Best Reggae Album:
Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her – Devin Di Dakta & J.L
Rose Petals — J Boog
Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley
Everlasting — Raging Fyah
Falling Into Place — Rebelution Soja: Live In Virginia — Soj

Best World Music Album:
Destiny — Celtic Woman
Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Land Of Gold — Anoushka Shankar
Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live — Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

Best Comedy Album:
…America…Great… — David Cross
American Myth — Margaret Cho
Boysih Girl Interrupted — Tig Notaro
Live At The Apollo — Amy Schumer
Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt

Nominated for Best Reggae Album – J Boog’s Rose Petals.

Best Musical Theatre Album:
Bright Star — Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
The Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
Fiddler On The Roof — Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast) Kinky Boots — Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
Waitress — Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

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