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Beyonce leads 2021 Grammy nominations; Buju Banton, Maxi Priest among reggae album contenders

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Beyonce at the “Lion King” premiere in London in July 2019. (Photo: Joel C Ryan/Invision)

Beyonce led nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards on Tuesday (November 24) with nine nods, followed by Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and rapper Roddy Ricch, who got six apiece.

Swift and British singer Dua Lipa will compete for the top prize – album of the year – along with Post Malone, Coldplay, HAIM, Jacob Collier, the Black Pumas and alternative R&B singer Jhene Aiko.

The Grammys, the highest honours in the music industry, will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 31 and is set to be hosted by Trevor Noah.

In the Best Reggae Album category, two Grammy winners Buju Banton and Maxi Priest are big favourites to claim the coveted award through respective projects Upside Down 2020 and It All Comes Back To Love.

The Reggae veterans go head-to-head against fellow Jamaicans: Skip Marley (and his Higher Place album); late great Toots and the Maytals (with Got to Be Tough); as well as pioneering group The Wailers, with their One World project.

Beyonce’s nominations came mostly from her song Black Parade, which celebrated black culture and activism and was released during a summer of nationwide protests over systemic racism and police killings of black people in the United States.

Black Parade will compete in the song and record of the year categories, along with Dua Lipa’s pop hit Don’t Start Now. Swift’s lockdown album Folklore is up for album of the year while her single Cardigan was among the song of the year categories.

The best new artist field included rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat, as well as alternative artist Phoebe Bridgers.

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