Beyonce Breaks Another Music Industry Record
American singer Beyonce, who leads Grammy nominations for this year, and is the most Grammy-nominated woman in history, has broken another record.
According to Bill Freimuth, official Head of Awards at the Grammys, she became the first artist to receive nominations across four different genres in the same year.
Beyonce’s diverse nominations include: Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Hold Up”); Best Rock Performance (for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” feat. Jack White); Best Urban Contemporary Album (for Lemonade); and Best Rap-Sung Performance (for “Freedom” feat. Kendrick Lamar).
Freimuth explained during an interview with Complex magazine how the singer’s nominations in that many genres are totally unprecedented.
He told the site:
“This is actually the first time that’s it’s happened all in the same year. You’ve had other artists in the past, say Michael Jackson maybe, who have been nominated in that many different fields, but not in the same year and on the same album. This is a first timer for us and personally I think it’s appropriate and pretty cool.”
Of the four categories, Best Rock Performance might come as the most surprising, since the singer has most often been linked to pop, hip-hop, R&B, and Soul.