For a year, Queen Bey has been tied with country music Icon Dolly Parton for the most Grammy nods for a female artist — at a whopping 46 nominations each.
But thanks to that surprise self-titled album she dropped back in last December, which earned a nod for Best Urban Contemporary Album when the nominees were announced today, Beyoncé is now the reigning queen of the Grammys.
According to Billboard, the initial announcement had Bey tied with David Foster for most nominations overall — they shared the seventh-place spot.
But that was before nominees for Album of the Year were announced during the Friday night special A Very Grammy Christmas, where — surprise! — Bey picked up another nod. Album of the Year is the highest award the Grammys have to offer,
It’s not enough to put the queen in contention to break another record — most Grammys won by a female performer — just yet. That honor is currently held by Alison Krauss, who has an insane 27 of the awards under her belt. Beyoncé, who has won 17 so far, probably has a few years to go before she can catch up. After this year’s ceremony, though, it’s possible she’ll be only eight trophies away from being the winningest woman in Grammy history.
Currently, the second-place spot on that list is held by Aretha Franklin with 18 awards. Beyoncé could either tie, if she wins one of her categories, or take over the second place position, if she wins them both. Fingers crossed for you, Bey.
She’ll face tough competition in the album of the year category, though — other nominees include Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams.
What do you think? Does Beyoncé deserve to win both her categories? Who would you like to see win Album of the Year? Sound off in the comments.