David Bowie Nominated for Four Grammys

Blackstar, from the legendary David Bowie, gets three Grammy nominations, but not for Best Album.

2016 is roundly being considered one of the saddest years when it comes to the passing of beloved iconic performers in all fields. The first indicator of the barrage of sad celebrity deaths was David Bowie, who died on Jan. 10. The Thin White Duke’s final album, Blackstar, had just been his 69th birthday, Jan. 8, two days before his death, and this writer, among many, believed it told of a new beginning. In some ways it did. A leader and pioneer in all forms of entertainment, Bowie’s passing shocked fans around the world before he was joined by Prince, Mohammad Ali, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Alan Rickman and others. Blackstar was the first time Bowie scored the number one album on the Billboard 200. Bowie’s swan song was nominated for four Grammy Awards this year, including Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance and Best Alternative Music Album.

In spite of the innovations he brought to the field, Bowie only won two Grammys in his career, for Best Video, Short Form in 1985 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. The former David Jones, who changed his name to Bowie in 1966 after the singing actor Davy Jones found fame as a member of the Monkees, won an Ivor Novello Award for the song “Space Oddity” in 1969. He didn’t get nomimated for another award until the early 1980s, in spite of a string of eleven hit studio albums. He has since won eleven music awards: two Grammy Awards—Best Video, Short Form for the David Bowie video at the 1985 Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 Grammy Awards; Best British Male Solo Artist at the 1984 and 2014 BRIT Awards, an Outstanding Contribution Award at the 1996 BRIT Awards and an Icon Award at the 2016 Brit Awards; three MTV Video Music Awards—Best Male Video for “China Girl” and a Video Vanguard Award at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best Overall Performance in a Video for “Dancing in the Street” at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

Bowie, who started acting in the 1967 short film The Image, won a Saturn Award for Best Actor at the 1976 Saturn Awards for is inalienable turn in the 1976 science fiction film The Man Who Fell to Earth, and a lifetime achievement Webby Award in 2007.

Blackstar is up against Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression and P.J. Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project for the Alternative Album prize. This year’s Grammy nominations also include Bob Dylan’s Fallen Angels in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Amy Schumer for Best Spoken Word Album and Best Comedy Album, Jack White’s “City Lights” and Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky.”

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The Grammys recognize music released from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. Beyoncé leads this year’s nominations with five. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West were each nominated for eight awards.

Here is the full list of Grammy Nominations:

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 Vocal Album

25 — Adele

Purpose — Justin Bieber

Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande

Confident — Demi Lovato

This Is Acting — Sia


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 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” – Beyoncé 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, songwriter (David Bowie)

“Burn The Witch” – Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)

“Hardwired” – James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)

“Heathens” – Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)

“My Name Is Human” – Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (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 Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade — Beyoncé

Ology — Gallant

We Are King — KING

Malibu — Anderson .Paak

Anti — Rihanna

Best Rap Album

Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper

And The Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul

Major Key – DJ Khaled

Views – Drake

Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q

The Life Of Pablo – Kanye West


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 Song

“All The Way Up” – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared

“Famous” – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

“Hotline Bling” – Drake

“No Problem – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

“Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Freedom” – Beyoncé 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 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 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 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 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 Comedy Album

…America…Great… – David Cross

American Myth – Margaret Cho

Boyish Girl Interrupted – Tig Notaro

Live At The Apollo – Amy Schumer

Talking For Clapping – Patton Oswalt

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 Music Video

“Formation” — Beyoncé

“River” — Leon Bridges

“Up & Up” — Coldplay

“Gosh” — Jamie XX

“Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Benny Blanco

Greg Kurstin

Max Martin


Ricky Reed 

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 12 and broadcast by CBS. The awards show will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on February 12th.