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Columbia Leads All Labels in Grammy Nominations for Major Categories

With the success of Adele and Beyonce, Columbia Records pulls in the most Grammy nominations in the four major categories.

Driven by the two most talked about artists of this Grammy season, Adele and Beyoncé, Columbia Records leads the way for all labels in nominations in the four major categories — album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. Beyoncé is the year’s most-nominated artist with nine nominations off the strength of her Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia album Lemonade, while Adele received five nods from the Grammy voters stemming from her XL Recordings/Columbia release 25.

Beyoncé’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” were both nominated for record and song of the year, while the respective parent LPs are up for the top album award. Justin Bieber‘s Purpose album and “Love Yourself” single gave Def Jam two nominations, while twin record and song nods for Lukas Graham‘s “7 Years” put Warner Bros. at two as well. Among the majors, Republic Records (album of the year for Drake‘s Views), Atlantic Records (album of the year for Sturgill Simpson‘s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth), Island Records (song of the year for Mike Posner‘s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”) and Fueled By Ramen (record of the year for Twenty One Pilots‘ “Stressed Out”) all received one nomination.

In the best new artist category, the Chainsmokers (signed to Columbia) and Maren Morris (signed to Columbia Nashville) bring Rob Stringer’s label up to eight nominations in the four major areas, while indies dominate the rest of the category with Chance the Rapper (unsigned), Kelsea Ballerini (Black River) and Anderson .Paak (OBE/Art Club/Steel Wool/Empire). Rihanna‘s “Work” (Westbury Road Entertainment), up for record of the year, rounds out the nominations.


That gives Sony Music Entertainment, solely from Columbia, the most nominations in the top four categories with eight, followed by Universal Music Group (four) and Warner Music Group (four), while indies as a whole also account for four nominations.

Outside the four big awards, Columbia is also dominating, with Adele, Beyoncé, the Chainsmokers, Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand leading the Pop field; David Bowie dominating the Rock section; Morris leading the way in Country; and Beyonce and Solange chipping in in R&B. RCA, Def Jam and Republic also represented well in the genre fields.


Check out the breakdown of the four major categories below.

Breakdown By Record Label
Columbia — 8
Def Jam — 2
Island — 1
Republic — 1
Warner Bros. — 2
Atlantic — 1
Fueled By Ramen — 1
Westbury Road — 1
OBE/Art Club/Steel Wool/Empire — 1
Black River — 1
Chance the Rapper — 1

Breakdown By Major Label
Sony — 8
Warner — 4
Universal — 4
Independent — 4