'Homecoming' Puts Beyoncé Back in the Grammy Race

'Homecoming' Puts Beyoncé Back in the Grammy Race Getty Images

Beyoncé is already the woman with the most Grammy nominations in history -- a whopping 66 -- and she may well add to that total when the nominations for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards are announced later this year.

Her new Homecoming: The Live Album, surprise-released early Wednesday (April 17), will be eligible for both album of the year and in whatever genre album category a screening committee decides it fits best. (Beyoncé's last three albums have competed for best urban contemporary album.) The album will not be eligible for best compilation soundtrack for visual media, since albums from live concert films are specifically excluded from that category.  

Beyoncé's accompanying film, Homecoming: A Film, which began airing Wednesday on Netflix, will be eligible for best music film, provided that it remains available on Netflix until the end of the final voting period.

The album and film were recorded last year at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline the high-profile music festival. Her performance was considered so captivating, the event was dubbed "Beychella." The film features primarily concert footage but also includes behind-the-scenes footage and insight from Beyoncé on her creative process in putting together the career-defining appearance.

Beyoncé will also be eligible in various performance and other categories. The 62nd annual Grammy Awards are set for Jan. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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