Although somewhat out of touch at this point, it’s hard to deny the relevance of the Grammy’s. Rappers and rock stars alike often talk about wanting to win the award, while others dismiss it as meaningless. Still, calling an artist a “Grammy-winning” or “Grammy-nominated” artist still holds significant clout. On December 6th, the Recording Academy announced their nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Some standout announcements for the nominations include artist Chance the Rapper being nominated for “Best New Artist.” The nomination is significant because Chance is an independent artist who only releases music via streaming services. 2017 will be the first time that streaming only recordings are eligible for Grammy consideration. This is crucial as streaming services are the most popular way listeners consume their music.
Beyoncé is nominated for “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year,” three of the most coveted honors. The aforementioned Chance the Rapper is also nominated for “Best Rap Performance,” “Best Rap/Sung Performance,” “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Album.” Pop star Adele is also nominated for “Song of the Year, “Record of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” The Grammys will be held on February 2nd at L.A.’s Staples Center.