Beyoncé had been in a tie with Dolly Parton for the most-nominated female artist of all time; with the “Drunk in Love” singer’s nomination for best urban contemporary album this morning, she now has 47 to Parton’s 46, making her the sole record-holder. And because the nominations are being slowly rolled out over the course of the day, Beyoncé is widely expected to add more to her tally.
Parton has won seven Grammys, most recently in 2001; Beyoncé’s 17 trophies (ranging from 2000 for Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” to 2012 for solo hit “Love on Top”) place her behind only Aretha Franklin (18 prizes) and Alison Krauss (a staggering 27) in the all-time tally for female artists. And after she won six Grammys in 2010, the year of “Single Ladies,” Beyoncé held the record for most trophies won by a female artist in a single ceremony, until she was later tied by Adele.
Interestingly, though Beyoncé shared the song of the year prize, honoring writers, for “Single Ladies,” the top prizes for performers have thus far eluded her. Four nominations for record of the year (“Say My Name,” “Crazy in Love,” “Irreplaceable,” and “Halo”) and one for album of the year (for I Am… Sasha Fierce) weren’t converted into trophies, though her most recent, self-titled album is eligible for Album of the Year at the upcoming ceremony.