Rihanna has received 8 Grammy nominations for her album, Anti.The news has come as a surprise to some critics as the album which was released earlier this year did not achieve the commercial success of her previous albums. Whilst the lead single ‘Work‘ featuring Drake dominated the number 1 spot around the world, the follow up singles such as Love on the Brain and Needed Me failed to light up the charts.
The concept behind Anti was to produce music that was the antithesis of the usual upbeat, Caribbean infused dance tracks that Rihanna is famed for, such as We Found Love and Rude Boy. Instead, Anti conveyed a much darker tone that seems to nod towards her 5th Studio Album Rated R, which also performed poorly.
Others that received a sleuth of nominations include Adele and Beyonce. Beyonce has been nominated for 9 Grammy awards this year for her album Lemonade, making her the most nominated artist this year. The album was praised by critics and addressed a variety of social issues including racism and police corruption. The album also used the now infamous lyrics ‘Becky with the good hair’ to hint that her relationship with her husband Jay Z had been riddled with infidelity. The album was initially only released through Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal which resulted in less of a commercial impact than you would perhaps expect from a star as big as Beyonce.
The Grammys ceremony will take place at the Sraples Centre in Los Angeles on the 12th February.