Beyoncé's "Black Parade" marched its way to the front of the 2021 Grammy nominations Tuesday, leading a diverse array of top candidates that also includes Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Brittany Howard, Megan Thee Stallion and last year's favorite, Billie Eilish.
In categories further down the list, Minnesotans including Cory Wong, the Okee Dokee Brothers, Maria Schneider and Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker all earned nominations.
Beyoncé picked up nine nods in all, including both song and record of the year with "Black Parade," which she released on Juneteenth amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests. The song was part of her film "Black Is King."
British dance-pop star Lipa also made the song and record categories with "Don't Start Now." Swift is up for song of the year ("Cardigan"), album of the year ("Folklore") and three more.
Other nominees for record of the year — which honor the recording of a song as opposed to writing — are: Black Pumas' "Colors," DaBaby and Ricch's "Rockstar," Doja Cat's "Say So," Eilish's "Everything I Wanted," Post Malone's "Circles" and Megan Thee Stallion with Beyoncé for "Savage."
Other album of the year candidates: Jhené Aiko's "Chilombo," Black Pumas' "Black Pumas," Coldplay's "Everyday Life," Jacob Collier's "Djesse Vol. 3," Haim's "Women in Music Pt. III," Post Malone's "Hollywood's Bleeding" and Lipa's "Future Nostalgia."
Up for best new artist are Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers, Chika, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat, Kaytranada and Megan Thee Stallion.
New to the Grammys but not to Minnesota music fans, guitar master Wong is nominated for best New Age album for "Meditations," an instrumental collaboration with "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" bandleader Jon Batiste. A Shoreview resident and McNally Smith College of Music grad, Wong is a regular on Colbert's show.
The Okee Dokees earned their fifth nod for best children's album for their double LP "Songs for Singin'," which "brothers" Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing released ahead of schedule in April to help families "stuck at home." The duo won a Grammy in that category in 2013.
Fronted by part-time Minneapolis resident Lenker, Big Thief landed nominations in both the rock performance and rock song categories with their tense single "Not." Windom, Minn.-reared Grammy darling Schneider got two more nominations for her double-album "Data Lords," for large jazz ensemble album and best instrumental composition.
The 63rd annual Grammys will be held Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles under COVID-19 safety restrictions still being determined.