Most Grammy nominations for a female artist
Who
Beyoncé
What
79 total number
Where
United States ()
When

Beyoncé (USA, b. Beyoncé Knowles) had received a total of 79 Grammy nominations (63 solo, 13 with Destiny’s Child and three with The Carters) up to and including the shortlist for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (2021), which were announced via livestream on 24 November 2020. She added nine more nominations ahead of the delayed 2021 awards ceremony, including nods for “BLACK PARADE” in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song categories. Mrs Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has now matched Paul McCartney’s haul of Grammy nominations (including 41 with The Beatles) and is just a single nomination shy of Quincy Jones and her rapper/producer/songwriter husband for the most Grammy nominations overall – 80. Jay-Z forced a tie with Jones with three nominations in 2021: two as co-writer of “BLACK PARADE” (Song of the Year and Best R&B Song) and the other as co-writer of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” (Best Rap Song) – both tracks starring Beyoncé. The indelibly linked couple, whose combined net worth is estimated at $1.5 billion (£1.08 billion), have 159 Grammy nominations and 46 wins (Beyoncé 24, Jay-Z 22) together.


The prolific Beyoncé collected 10 nominations in 2010 and nine apiece in 2017 and 2021. Since picking up her first nominations in 2000 (for Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills”), she’s been nominated for at least one award every year except for 2003 and 2016: 2000 (2 nominations, 0 wins); 2001 (5 nominations, 2 wins); 2002 (2 nominations, 1 win); 2003 (0 nominations); 2004 (6 nominations, 5 wins); 2005 (1 nomination, 0 wins); 2006 (6 nominations, 1 win); 2007 (4 nominations, 1 win); 2008 (3 nominations, 0 wins); 2009 (1 nomination, 0 wins); 2010 (10 nominations, 6 wins); 2011 (3 nominations, 0 wins); 2012 (2 nominations, 0 wins); 2013 (1 nomination, 1 win); 2014 (1 nomination, 0 wins); 2015 (6 nominations, 3 wins); 2016 (0 nominations); 2017 (9 nominations, 2 wins); 2018 (1 nomination, 0 wins); 2019 (3 nominations, 1 win); 2020 (4 nominations, 1 win); 2021 (9 nominations).

Beyoncé’s 10 nods in 2010 matched Lauryn Hill’s 1999 record for the most nominations for a woman in a single year, and her six wins in 2010 set the record for the most wins by a woman in a single year – equalled by Adele in 2012. “B”’s 24 Grammy wins put her in second place among women, behind the country/bluegrass singer and fiddle player Alison Krauss (27 wins). It’s a target Beyoncé will be looking to match or beat at the 2021 awards show, to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 14 March.