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Beyonce denied country nomination by Grammy panel - report

Beyonce was reportedly denied a 10th Grammy Award nomination after the Recording Academy's country music committee rejected her.

The 35-year-old R&B superstar earned nine Grammy nods when the nominations were announced on Tuesday (06Dec16), with her groundbreaking album Lemonade even putting her in with a chance of winning in the best rock performance category due to a collaboration with rocker Jack White.


According to the Associated Press, an anonymous insider revealed judges of the country music categories were less receptive to her genre hopping as they refused to accept the album's rustic number Daddy Lessons as a contender for the best country song and country solo performance prizes.


The alleged rejection comes despite Beyonce performing the track at last month's Country Music Association Awards with the Dixie Chicks, who covered the song on their 2016 tour and collaborated with Beyonce on a new version of the track.


Despite the reported snub, the Halo singer is still the most nominated woman in the ceremony's history and looks set to add to the 20 Grammy trophies she's won throughout her career at the 59th annual ceremony in February (17).


She will compete in the prestigious Album of the Year category, with her visual opus Lemonade taking on Adele's 25, Justin Bieber's Purpose, Views by Drake, and A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson.


Lemonade's embrace of different musical styles saw her become the first artist to score mentions in pop, R&B, rock and rap categories in the same year.


At the time of going to press, representatives for Beyonce and the Grammy Awards Foundation had not responded to requests for comment.