From singing to acting and designing, the world has long known that Beyoncé is a formidable force. Now, she’s achieved what was once perceived as impossible: racking up nine Grammy nominations without officially having released an album. Slay.


That’s right, Queen Bey – and British Vogue’s December cover star – is the most nominated artist at the 2021 Grammy Awards. The hitmaker is being recognised in major categories – including Song of the Year and Record of the Year – for “Black Parade” and her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on “Savage Remix”. Not to mention, her incredible Disney+ film, Black Is King (which doesn’t qualify as an album, despite its track listing, since it comes in a visual format).

Unsurprisingly, Bey is now nearing ever-closer to the current Grammy record holders: Quincy Jones and her husband, Jay-Z. While Quincy holds 80 nominations in total, after receiving a further three for 2021, so too, does Jay. As for Queen Bey? She has 79 nominations, and currently holds 24 Grammys. In case you didn’t already know, Jay co-wrote the tracks “Savage Remix” and “Black Parade”. How’s that for husband-and-wife teamwork?


In equally cheering news, the nominations list was dominated by women. Taylor Swift picked up six nominations, including for Album of the Year for her lockdown album Folklore – if she wins, she would become the only person to win Album of the Year three times. Dua Lipa also picked up six nods for her lockdown effort Future Nostalgia, Billie Eilish scooped up nominations for her singles “Everything I Wanted” and “No Time To Die”, the Bond theme song, despite the movie release being postponed until 2021, and Megan Thee Stallion was nominated for Best New Artist.

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony, hosted by Trevor Noah, on 31 January 2021. Below, Queen B’s list of nominations for 2021:

  • Record of the year: “Black Parade,” Beyoncé

  • Record of the year: “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

  • Song of the year: “Black Parade,” Beyoncé (co-writer)

  • Best R&B performance: “Black Parade,” Beyoncé

  • Best R&B song: “Black Parade,” Beyoncé (co-writer)

  • Best rap performance: “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

  • Best rap song: “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé (co-writer)

  • Best music video: “Brown Skin Girl,” Beyoncé (director)

  • Best music film: Black Is King, Beyoncé (director)