According To The Grammys Beyonce Is A Rock Act Now -
Beyonce in concert in Melbourne by Ros O'Gorman

Beyonce in concert in Melbourne by Ros O'Gorman

According To The Grammys Beyonce Is A Rock Act Now

by Paul Cashmere on December 7, 2016

in News,Noise Pro

This is not an early April Fool’s joke. Beyonce is competing with Disturbed as a rock act for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Beyonce’s ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ featuring Jack White is sitting alongside Disturbed’s cover of ‘The Sound of Silence’ for Best Rock Performance at the next Grammy Awards.

Even more bizarre, the Disturbed version of ‘The Sound of Silence’ is not the one from their ‘Immortalized’ album but one from a television appearance on ‘Conan’.

Alabama Shakes also qualify, not for their studio version of Joe but, for their live at Austin City Limits version. Let alone the song is a soul / gospel song, not a rock song.

As for Beyonce, well yes, it does have a rock feel but that is only because of the Jack White guitar. ‘Lemonade’, the album the song comes from is classed as Urban Contemporary and rightly qualifies in that category.

The Grammy Foundation seems totally confused by what Beyonce actually does for a living. In the 2017 list she is a rock performer, a pop performer, a R&B performer and a rapper.

The 2017 Grammy Awards nominations is an incredible mindfuck that on first viewing could rightly mistaken for being selected out of a hat.

Grammy Nominees 2017

Album Of The Year
25 – Adele
Lemonade – Beyoncé
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Views – Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year
Hello – Adele
Formation – Beyoncé
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna Featuring Drake
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year
Formation – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Hello – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
7 Years – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak


Best Pop Solo Performance
Hello – Adele
Hold Up – Beyonce
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Piece By Piece (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Best Pop Vocal Album
25 – Adele
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
Confident – Demi Lovato
This Is Acting – Sia

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Closer – Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Work – Rihanna Featuring Drake
Cheap Thrills – Sia Featuring Sean Paul
Stressed Out – twenty one pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cinema – Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels – Bob Dylan
Stages Live – Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin – Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway – Barbra Streisand

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Human Nature – Herb Alpert
When You Wish Upon a Star – Bill Frisell
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY – Steve Gadd Band
Unspoken – Chuck Loeb
Culcha Vulcha – Snarky Puppy


Best Dance Recording
Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
Never Be Like You – Flume Featuring Kai
Rinse & Repeat – Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
Drinkee – Sofi Tukker

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Skin – Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch – Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future – Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII – Louie Vega


Best Rock Performance
Joe (Live From Austin City Limits) – Alabama Shakes
Don’t Hurt Yourself – Beyonce Featuring Jack White
Blackstar – David Bowie
The Sound of Silence (Live on Conan) – Disturbed
Heathens – twenty one pilots

Best Metal Performance
Shock Me – Baroness
Silvera – Gojira
Rotting in Vain – Korn
Dystopia – Megadeth
The Price is Wrong – Periphery

Best Rock Song
Blackstar – David Bowie
Burn the Witch – Radiohead
Hardwired – James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich (Metalica)
Heathens – Tyler Joseph (twenty one pilots)
My Name is Human – Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer, Johnny Stevens (Highly Suspect)

Best Rock Album
California – Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty – Cage The Elephant
Magma – Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
Weezer – Weezer


Best Alternative Music Album
22, A Million – Bon Iver
Blackstar – David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead


Best R&B Performance
Turnin’ Me Up – BJ the Chicago Kid
Permission – Ro James
I Do – Musiq Soulchild
Needed Me – Rihanna
Cranes in the Sky – Rihanna

Best Traditional R&B Performance
The Three of Me – William Bell
Woman’s World – BJ the Chicago Kid
Sleeping With the One I Love – Fantasia
Angel – Lalah Hathaway
Can’t Wait – Jill Scott

Best R&B Song
Come See Me – J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
Exchange – Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller (Bryson Tiller)
Kiss It Better – Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi (Rihanna)
Lake By the Ocean – Hod David & Musze (Maxwell)
Luv – Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Lemonade – Beyoncé
Ology – Gallant
We Are King – KING
Malibu – Anderson .Paak
Anti – Rihanna

Best R&B Abum
In My Mind – BJ the Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits – Terrence Martin
Healing Season – Mint Condition
Smoove Jones – Mya


Best Rap Performance
No Problem – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Panda- Desiigner
Pop Style – Drake Featuring The Throne
All The Way Up – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
That Part – ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance
Freedom – Beyonce Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Hotline Bling – Drake
Broccoli – D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
Ultralight Beam – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
Famous – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song
All the Way Up – Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
Famous – Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
Hotline Bling – Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies (Drake)
No Problem – Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Ultralight Beam – Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album
Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul
Major Key – DJ Khaled
Views – Drake
Black Face LP – ScHoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo – Kanye West


Best Country Solo Performance
Love Can Go To Hell – Brandy Clark
Vice – Miranda Lambert
My Church – Maren Morris
Church Bells – Carrie Underwood
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
21 Summer – Brothers Osbourne
Setting the World on Fire – Kenny Chesney & P!nk
Jolene – Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
Think of You – Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

Best Country Song
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen (Keith Urban)
Die a Happy Man – Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur (Thomas Rhett)
Humble & Kind – Lori McKenna (Tim McGraw)
My Church – busbee & Maren Morris (Maren Morris)
Vice – Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album
Big Day in a Small Town – Brandy Clark
Full Circle – Loretta Lynn
Hero – Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord – Keith Urban


Best New Age Album
Orogen – John Burke
Dark Sky Island – Enya
Inner Passion – Peter Kater & Tina Guo
Rosetta – Vangelis
White Sun II – White Sun


Best American Roots Performance
Ain’t No Man – The Avett Brothers
Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time – Blind Boys Of Alabama
Factory Girl – Rhiannon Giddens
House Of Mercy – Sarah Jarosz
Wreck You – Lori McKenna

Best American Roots Song
Alabama at Night – Robbie Fulks (Robbie Fulks)
City Lights – Jack White (Jack White)
Gulf Stream – Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars)
Kid Sister – Vince Gill (The Timejumpers)
Wreck You – Lori McKenna & Felix McTeigue (Lori McKenna)

Best Americana Album
True Sadness – Avett Brothers
This is Where I Live – William Bell
The Ceder Creek Sessions – Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & the Rifle – Lori McKenna
Kid Sister – The Time Jumpers

Best Bluegrass Album
Original Tradition – Blue Highway
Burden Bearer – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Hazel and Alice Sessions – Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
North by South – Claire Lynch
Coming Home – O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Best Traditional Blues Album
Can’t Shake the Feeling – Lurrie Bell
Live at the Greek Theatre – Joe Bonamassa
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II) – Luther Dickinson
The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers – Vasti Jackson
Porcupine Meat – Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album
The Last Days of Oakland – Fantastic Negrito
Love Wins Again – Janiva Magness
Bloodline – Kenny Neal
Give It Back to You – The Record Company
Everybody Wants a Piece – Joe Lewis Walker

Best Folk Album
Silver Skies Blue – Judy Collins & Ari Hest
Upland Stories – Robbie Fulks
Factory Girl – Rihanna Giddens
Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull
Undercurrent – Sarah Jarosz

Best Reggae Album
Sly & Robbie Present…Reggae For Her – Devin Di Dakata & J.L.
Rose Petal – J Boog
Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
Everlasting – Raging Fyan
Falling Into Place – Rebulation
Soja: Live in Virginia – Soja


Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox – Carol Burnett
M Train – Patti Smith
Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A.Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia) – (Various Artists)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello


Best Song Written For Visual Media
Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls
Heathens – Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad
Just Like Fire – Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass
Purple Lamborghini – Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad
Try Everything – Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia
The Veil – Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden


Best Recording Package
Anti (Deluxe Edition) – Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
Blackstar – Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
Human Performance – Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
Sunset Motel – Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
22, A Million – Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Edith Piaf, 1915-2015 – Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)
401 Days – Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Høst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Box Set) – Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition) – Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
Tug of War (Deluxe Edition) – Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

Best Album Notes
The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection – Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer (Kris Kristofferson)
The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp – Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
Ork Records: New York, New York – Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along – Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)
Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism & the Phonograph, 1890 – 1900 – Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)


Best Historical Album
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector’s Edition) – Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)
Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959 – April G. Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Bill Nowlin & Philip D. Schuyler, compilation producers; Rick Fisher & Michael Graves, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
Ork Records: New York, New York – Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983 – Bernard Horowitz, Andreas K. Meyer & Robert Russ, compilation producers; Andreas K. Meyer & Jeanne Montalvo, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890-1900 – Michael Devecka, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Michael Devecka, David Giovannoni, Michael Khanchalian & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Are You Serious – Tchad Blake & David Boucher, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Andrew Bird)
Blackstar – David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)
Dig In Deep – Ryan Freeland, engineer; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (Bonnie Raitt)
Hit N Run Phase Two – Booker T., Dylan Dresdow, Chris James, Prince & Justin Stanley, engineers; Dylan Dresdow, mastering engineer (Prince)
Undercurrent – Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Sarah Jarosz)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Ricky Reed


Best Remixed Recording
Cali Coast (Psionics Remix) – Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
Heavy Star Movin’ (staRo Remix) – staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix) – Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
Only (Kaskade x Lipless Remix) – Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix) – André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix) – Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)

Best Surround Sound Album
Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement – Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard – Brad Michel, surround mix engineer; Brad Michel, surround mastering engineer; Robina G. Young, surround producer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
Maja S.K. Ratkje: And Sing … – Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Maja S.K. Ratkje, Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta)
Primus & The Chocolate Factory (5.1 Surround Sound Edition) – Les Claypool, surround mix engineer; Stephen Marcussen, surround mastering engineer; Les Claypool, surround producer (Primus)
Reflections – Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)


Best Music Video
Formation – Beyoncé
River – Leon Bridges
Up & Up – Coldplay
Gosh – Jamie XX
Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go

Best Music Film
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Steve Aoki)
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Yearsi (Beatles)
Lemonade (Beyonce)
The Music of Strangers (Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble)
American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry (Various Artists)
The X Studio

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