nominees//59th GRAMMY AWARDS

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Grammy winner Meghan Trainor announced the nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards this morning, with Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna, and Adele earning multiple mentions.

After the powerhouse release of Beyonce's Lemonade earlier this year, all signs point to Queen Bey finally taking home the coveted Album of the Year prize.

As for surprises, most prognosticators had Bon Iver and David Bowie in the mix for Album of the Year. Neither made the cut. Sturgill Simpson, however, jumped into the mix, alongside Justin Bieber (earning his first nom in the Album of the Year category).

Also surprisingly left out of the major awards, Kanye West failed to muster any major awards attention.

Overall, the 59th Grammy Awards will lean more pop-heavy, possibly the heaviest in recent years, which should make for a big night of television when the ceremony airs live on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Partial list of nominees:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

25 - Adele
LEMONADE - Beyonce
PURPOSE - Justin Bieber
A SAILOR'S GUIDE TO EARTH - Sturgill Simpson
VIEWS - Drake

RECORD OF THE YEAR

"7 Years" - Lukas Graham
"Formation" - Beyonce
"Hello" - Adele
"Stressed Out" - Twenty One Pilots
"Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

SONG OF THE YEAR

"7 Years" - Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard, Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
"Formation" - Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Williams II, songwriters (Beyonce)
"Hello" - Adele Adkins, Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" - Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
"Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin, Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)

BEST NEW ARTIST

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

Click here for a complete list of nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards.

news//JIMMY KIMMEL TO HOST 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS

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Jimmy Kimmel, host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," will host the 89th Academy Awards, following in the footsteps of recent Oscars hosts like Chris Rock, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Kimmel isn't new to hosting awards shows, however, coming off of a successful turn as the host of this year's Emmy Awards. He's also previously hosted the American Music Awards, which air on ABC, the same network as the Oscars.

The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced January 24, 2017, followed by the ceremony on February 26, 2017.


winners//2016 WASHINGTON DC AREA FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

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With award season in full swing, regional critics societies are delivering their picks for the year on an almost-daily basis, with today's Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association giving seven mentions to La La Land.

Natalie Portman picked up her first critics award mention; and, Mahershala Ali earned yet another win for Moonlight.

Complete list of winners:

BEST FILM

LA LA LAND

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle
LA LA LAND

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman
JACKIE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali
MOONLIGHT

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis
FENCES

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Cast of HELL OR HIGH WATER

BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE

Lucas Hedges
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

BEST VOICE PERFORMANCE

Liam Neeson
A MONSTER CALLS

BEST MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE

Mark Rylance
THE BFG

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Damien Chazelle
LA LA LAND

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Eric Heisserer
Based on the Story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
ARRIVAL

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

BEST DOCUMENTARY

13TH

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

ELLE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

LA LA LAND

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

LA LA LAND

BEST EDITING

LA LA LAND

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

LA LA LAND

THE JOE BARBER AWARD FOR BEST PORTRAYAL OF WASHINGTON, DC

JACKIE