The nominations are in...

Beyoncé, Rihanna and Adele lead the chase for next year's Grammy awards.

The ceremony returns on February 12th, with the 49th instalment of the Grammy awards set to feature plenty of surprises.

Beyoncé is up for a total of nine awards, while Adele has been nominated five times - the two will compete in Album, Song, and Record of the Year.

Drake receives eight nominations, crossing Rap, Pop and R&B categories through his solo work and collaborations.

Rihanna has also received eight nominations, while Kanye West gets a total of five nods with 'The Life Of Pablo' put forward for Best Rap Album.

Chance the Rapper has nabbed seven nominations, and will battle it out against himself three times over in Best Rap Song - for 'No Problem', and his contributions to Kanye West's 'Ultralight Beam' 'Famous', respectively.

Check out the full list of nominations HERE.

The Grammy Awards 2017 take place on February 12th.

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