Beyoncé became the most-nominated female artist in Grammy award history on Tuesday as she received a leading nine nods this year, followed closely by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight nominations each. Beyoncé’s haul of nine included album, song and record of the year, the top three Grammy accolades, for her hit song "Formation" and visual album "Lemonade," a collection of songs about race, feminism and empowerment.
The superstar singer, 35, has been nominated 62 times in Grammy history and has won 20 Grammy awards over her career spanning two decades. Also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B, and rap categories in the same year, Beyonce stands to break even more Grammy records depending on the number of awards she takes home in February. While she has already won 20 awards, Beyonce can surpass Alison Krauss as the most-honored woman in Grammy history if she takes home eight of her nine nominations.
Other top nominees this year: Rapper Kanye West, who has eight nominations this year for his "The Life of Pablo" album, has notched 68 Grammy nominations over his career, and won 21 awards. British singer Adele is up for the top three awards with her hit ballad "Hello" and album "25" and has a total of five nominations. The singer previously swept all three top categories in 2012 with her "21" album.
The Grammy Awards are the top U.S. music honors and each year, members of the music industry choose nominees and winners across more than 80 categories.