The R&B superstar, who was named Billboard’s Top Female Artist of the Decade last month, leads the field of contenders with 10 nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards, taking place in Los Angeles tonight. They are being telecast live from 5am tomorrow morning on Star World.
But the 28-year-old will need to see off the precious 20-year-old Swift, who is snapping at her heels with eight nominations.
Beyoncé has nominations in the coveted record of the year and album of the year categories, for her single Halo and her chart-topping double album I Am ... Sasha Fierce, as well as being nominated for song of the year.
But she is likely to face fierce competition in the major categories from Swift, as well as wacky songstress Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas, who all have nominations in the best album, record and song categories.
Trailing Beyonce and Swift in overall nominations are the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and Kanye West with six nods each.
Swift, 20, who enjoyed success last year at the American Music Awards and Country Music Awards, has rocketed to fame over the past two years. Nielsen SoundScan reported earlier this month that Swift was the top-selling digital artist in music history.
The show, the first Grammy Awards since Michael Jackson died last year, is expected to feature an extended tribute to the late King of Pop.