The 2017 Grammy Award nominations were announced in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 6, and to little surprise, Beyonce garnered the most nods from the academy with a stunning total of nine. Her lifetime to-date nomination count now stands at 62 -- which makes her the most nominated woman in Grammy history.
Drake, Kanye West and Rihanna all followed with eight each; Chance the Rapper was awarded seven; Adele snagged five; and the late great David Bowie earned four nominations for his 2016 album “Blackstar.”
Not to be outdone, San Diegans got in on the action too: The biggest nod went to Poway’s pride Blink-182 for Best Rock Album and their 2016 record “California.” Somehow, it also marks the first nomination for the recently refashioned band (longtime band singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge was replaced in 2015 with Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba). They’ll be up against Cage the Elephant's “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” Gojira’s “Magma,” Panic! At the Disco’s “Death of a Bachelor” and Weezer’s fourth self-titled album (often referred to as the “White” album) in that category.
Megadeth, the metal band fronted by Fallbrook’s own Dave Mustaine, is up for Best Metal Performance for their song “Dystopia"; Gregory Porter, the former San Diegan who won Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammys, is back at it again in the same category this year for his 2016 “Take Me to the Alley” album; sitar legend (and one-time San Diegan) Anoushka Shankar was nominated for Best World Music Album for her 2016 record “Land of Gold”; and Bonsall resident and world-renown violin great Mark O’Connor earned a Best Bluegrass Album nod for his 2016 album “Coming Home.”
The late San Diego legend Frank Zappa also earned a Best Classical Compendium nomination for “Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites”; one-time San Diegan and acclaimed trumpeter Brian Lynch is in the running for Best Latin Jazz Album with his 2016 album “Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw”; and longtime La Costa resident Sammy Nestico is up for the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella category for his arrangement work on “Good ‘Swing’ Wencelas,” a track from the “A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas” album that came out on the Concord Records jazz label in late 2015.
We've got our fingers crossed for our hometown nominees, but no matter what happens, they're already winners in our hearts.
For a complete list of the 2017 Grammy Award nominations, go here.