Here Is Every Live Album Nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys -- Will Beyoncé Be Next?

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Beyoncé in Homecoming.

Live albums used to be frequent Grammy contenders for album of the year, just as they used to be more frequent visitors to the top of the Billboard 200.

Beyoncé's Homecoming: The Live Album has a good chance of receiving a Grammy nomination for album of the year. It would be the first live album to be nominated in this category in 25 years and the first live album by an R&B star ever nominated in this category.

The album was recorded last year at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline the festival.

Live albums used to be frequent Grammy contenders for album of the year -- just as they used to be more frequent visitors to the top of the Billboard 200.

Here's a complete list of the 11 live albums that have been nominated for album of the year, together with how they fared on the Billboard 200.

Harry Belafonte's Belafonte at Carnegie Hall (1959) and Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall (1960)
Both of these double-disc albums were nominated, in successive years. Belafonte shared the stage in the sequel with Odetta, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Miriam Makeba and the Belafonte Folk Singers. Both albums reached No. 3.

Van Cliburn's Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
This is the only instrumental live album to be nominated. The album, which was also recorded at Carnegie Hall, reached No. 10.

Judy Garland's Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)
This classic double-disc album was the first live album to win album of the year. The album logged 13 weeks at No. 1.

Johnny Cash's Johnny Cash at San Quentin (1969)
San Quentin, which logged four weeks at No. 1, is the only country live album to be nominated. The album spawned the single "A Boy Named Sue," which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for record of the year. Cash's previous live album, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, wasn't nominated for album of the year but is considered even more of a classic. Both albums were recorded at California state prisons.

George Harrison & Friends' The Concert for Bangla Desh (1972)
This triple-disc album, recorded at Madison Square Garden, was the second live album to win. Harrison's "friends" included Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and Bob Dylan. The album peaked at No. 2 for six weeks.

Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)
This album capped the trend of top rock acts of the era releasing double-disc live albums. The album, which logged 10 weeks at No. 1, was recorded at such venues as Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and Long Island Arena. It spawned three top 15 hits on the Hot 100, "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do."

Jackson Browne's Running on Empty (1978)
This album was recorded entirely on tour, either live on stage or in locations associated with touring, such as backstage, on tour busses or in hotel rooms. The album peaked at No. 3. The album spawned two top 20 hits on the Hot 100, the title track and "Stay/The Load-Out."

Eric Clapton's Unplugged (1992)
This album, recorded for the MTV series of the same name, was the third live album to win. It was the first single-disc live album to win. The album, recorded at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England, logged three weeks at No. 1. The album spawned a top 20 hit on the Hot 100, "Layla." (The set list also included "Tears in Heaven," but the version that reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 and won a Grammy for record of the year was the studio recording.)

Tony Bennett’s MTV Unplugged (1994)
This album, also recorded for the MTV series of the same name, was the fourth and most recent live album to win. The album, recorded at Sony Studios in New York City, featured guest appearances by Elvis Costello and k.d. lang. The album stalled at No. 48.

The Three Tenors (José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti) with Zubin Mehta, The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 (1994)
This album by opera superstars was recorded at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The album peaked at No. 4.

In addition, several comedy albums, also recorded live, were nominated for album of the year between 1960 and 1962. But that's not quite the same thing.

In the past 25 years, numerous live albums have won genre album awards, even though they were passed over for album of the year noms. These include Kraftwerk's 3-D The Catalogue (best dance/electronic album, 2017), Lalah Hathaway's Lalah Hathaway Live (best R&B album, 2016). Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day (best rock album, 2013), Michael Bublé's Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden (best traditional pop vocal album, 2009), Daft Punk's Alive 2007 (best dance/electronic album, 2008), Patti Page's Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert (best traditional pop vocal album, 1998) and Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York (best alternative music album, 1995).

Beyoncé's accompanying film, Homecoming: A Film, which began airing on Netflix in April, will be eligible for Grammy consideration for best music film, provided that it remains on Netflix throughout the voting period, and assuming other eligibility requirements are met. The film primarily features concert footage, but also includes behind-the-scenes footage and insight from Beyoncé on her creative process in putting together the career-defining appearance.


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