2017 Grammy Nominees Announced

SANTA MONICA — The Recording Academy welcomed the class of nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Dec. 6.

Top nominees are Beyoncé (9), Drake (8), Rihanna (8), Kanye West (8), and Chance The Rapper (7). Selected from nearly 22,000 submissions across 84 categories, the nominations reflect the range of artistic innovation that defined the year in music. As the only peer-selected music award, the Grammy is voted on by The Recording Academy’s membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.

Nominees include:


Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mitsuko Uchida

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mitsuko Uchida


Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media — Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto for “The Revenant,” along with Thomas Newman for “Bridge of Spies,” Ennio Morricone for “Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight,” John Williams for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for “Stranger Things Volume 1.”

“The Last Emperor” composers Sakamoto, Cong Su and David Byrne won in 1988 for Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television.

Best Music Film — “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” a documentary about Steve Aoki (Justin Krook, video director; Brent Almond, Matt Colon, David Gelb, Ryan Kavanaugh, Happy Walters and Matthew Weaver, video producers), and “The Music of Strangers,” a documentary about Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble (Morgan Neville, video director; Caitrin Rogers, video producer), along with Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” and “American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry” (various artists).