Beyonce confirmed her status as Queen Bey Tuesday morning by shaking up the music world with her history-making Grammy nominations. The incomparable virtuoso nabbed a total of nine nods for her culture-shifting Lemonade album, making her the most nominated female artist in Grammy history with a record of 62 nominations and 20 wins. On top of scoring nods for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself” featuring Jack White is also up for Best Rock Performance. Reactions are predictable.
The star’s foray into rock music has die-hard fans of the genre up in arms on Twitter and declaring rock music as being dead. “How the f*ck did Beyonce get nominated for best rock performance??!!! That’s some bullsh*t!!! She’s not rock!! #GrammyNominations #grammy,” an angry fan protested on Twitter following the Grammy announcements. “As Marilyn Manson said ‘Rock is Dead’ when I see Beyonce nominated for Best Rock Performance at Grammys,” tweeted another.
This isn’t even the first time a black female pop/R&B star has been nominated for a Grammy in the rock category. Janet Jackson was the last to do it when “Black Cat” from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album scored a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance nomination in 1991. The award ultimately went to Alannah Myles for “Black Velvet.” Of course, there wasn’t a social media for pressed rock fans to angrily get their feelings out, so all the hate just stayed at the water cooler.
If Beyonce does end up beating out Alabama Shakes, David Bowie, and the other rock performance nominees, expect the backlash to be 100x greater than when the limitless artist performed “Daddy’s Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks at the Country Music Awards.