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Beyonce breaks record with nine nods

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Beyonce’s Lemonade dominates the 2017 Grammy Awards with nine nominations – including album, song and record of the year.

The singer has already won 20 Grammys and been nominated for 63 – making her the most nominated woman in Grammy history.

Queen Bey is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year.

These include best rock performance for Don’t Hurt Yourself with Jack White, pop solo performance for Hold Up and rap performance for Freedom with Kendrick Lamar.

Beyonce is also up for best urban contemporary album with her sixth studio recording Lemonade.

The visual concept album was released last April on paid subscription platform Tidal.

“Artists are feeling emboldened and courageous and just wanting to step out of the predictable boundaries of what they have done,” said Recording Academy’s CEO Neil Portnow.

“Beyonce is the poster child for that.”

Behind Queen Bey are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, all scoring eight nominations each.

This includes Drake and Riri’s collaboration track Work.

Beyonce, who has yet to win album of the year, will compete against Adele’s 25.

The British pop star’s hit Hello is also up for record and song of the year – as is Bey’s Formation.

Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is the only non-pop album nominated for the top prize.

The nine-track Americana release is also nominated for best country album.

David Bowie’s posthumous album Blackstar was snubbed from the best album award, but earned four nods for best rock performance, rock song, alternative music album and engineered album, non-classical.

The big surprise was Chance The Rapper, earning three nods including best rap song and writing credit in Kanye West’s hit Famous.

Some well-known acts scored their first Grammy nominations, including Solange, Blink-182 and Demi Lovato,.

Lovato will compete against Adele, Justin Bieber, Sia and Ariana Grande for best pop vocal album.

Comedian Amy Schumer earned two nominations, including best spoken word album and comedy album.

British presenter James Corden will host the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on 12 February.

Album of the Year

Adele – 25

Beyonce – Lemonade

Justin Bieber – Purpose

Drake – Views

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Record of the Year

Adele – Hello

Beyonce – Formation

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

Rihanna ft Drake – Work

Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out

Song of the Year

Adele – Hello

Beyonce – Formation

Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza

Best New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance The Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak

Best alternative album

David Bowie – Blackstar

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

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Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke wins 2019 Literature award

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Image caption: Olga Tokarczuk won for 2018 and Peter Handke is 2019’s winner

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Two winners were named – one for 2019 and one for 2018 – because the prize was not awarded last year.

The Swedish Academy, which oversees the prestigious award, suspended it in 2018 after a sexual assault scandal.

Tokarczuk, who also won the Man Booker International Prize last year, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize, with this year’s Nobel going to Handke.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o had been considered a strong candidate for the prize, but he failed

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Kelvin Gates announces new song “I’m Him”

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In just a few hours, we’ll be hearing Kevin Gates’ latest musical offering in its entirety. For months, we’ve been hearing about his I’m Him project and we’re about to find out exactly why Gates is that dude.

After his release from prison early last year, the Baton Rouge veteran released his Chained To The City EP before coming through with Luca Brasi 3. It’s officially album time and his fans couldn’t be any more excited. Kicking off the campaign, the Bread Winner is starting us off with the introductory song on I’m Him, dropping a video for “RBS Intro.”

The video for “RBS Intro” was filmed during Gates’ trip to Amsterdam and the track itself is hard-hitting like most of his other hits. This will be the first cut from the new album.

Kevin Gates has described this journey as a reintroduction to himself, showing off all sides of his mind and truly remaining an open book. He said: “All of those negative connotations the world puts out…I’m him. All of those positive connotations the world puts out…I’m him as well. This is the new Kevin versus the old Kevin. It’s a celebration. It’s a rebirth. It’s redemption. I’m overcoming who I used to be in order to be greater.”

Stay tuned for the new album tonight!

Quotable Lyrics:

Hold it down when I’m on lock
Calling shots from the box
Diamond teeth full of rocks
I’m a real big speaker

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