Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna & Kanye Lead the 2016 Grammy Nominations


This morning The Recording Academy released the nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards and Beyonce leads the field with 9 nominations while the other three find themselves in three-way tie for second with 8 each. You can peruse the full list of noms here, but let’s take a look at some of the more notable nods and those most relevant to Rap fans. First of all, although Kanye, Drake and Rihanna are right on her heals, Bey sets herself apart with consistent nods across such important categories as Record of The Year, Song of the Year and Album of The Year. Drake joins her in the Album of the Year category for Views and he also pops up in Record of The Year, although it’s for his guest appearance on Rihanna’s “Work” rather that one of his own songs. It should come as no surprise that Chance The Rapper did really well in the Rap categories, landing noms in Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book.

Elsewhere, the newcomers did pretty well for themselves with D.R.A.M, Anderson .Paak and Desiigner all placing in categories such as Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. D.R.A.M grabbed one for “Broccolli” so from here on out Lil Yachty’s name will forever be prefixed with “Grammy nominated artist”, whatever that’s worth. Same goes for Desiigner who grabbed one for “Panda”. A couple of noms that made me smile are Fat Joe and Remy Ma for Best Rap Song, and De La Soul for Best Rap Album. De La’s chances of winning might be slim as they’re going up against juggernauts such as Views, Coloring Book and DJ Khaled’s Major Key, but it’s nice to see them get the recognition. My man ScHoolBoy Q also grabbed one for Best Rap album so that’s what’s up. BJ The Chicago Kid and Terrace Martin both grabbed some well-deserved noms in the R&B categories as well.

Kendrick Lamar, who absolutely owned the Grammys last year, managed one nod for his appearance on Beyonce’s “Freedom”. Bey also bogarted the Best Rock Performance category on the strength of Jack White’s presence on “Don’t Hurt Yourself”. You mad? Well, you know how might be? Kanye. While “Ultralight Beams” shows up in both Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collab, and The Life of Pablo got a Best Rap Album nod, he was snubbed for Album of The Year. Rihanna did pretty well for herself as well and she will compete against Bey and Adele for Album of The Year for ANTI. Interestingly enough, the non-album version of Drake’s “Pop Style” that features Kanye and Jay Z got a nod, so Hov resumes his streak without even spitting a verse. I think that about covers the notables, continue below to read the full list of noms in some of the notable categories and tune in on February 12th to see who brings home the statues.

Record of The Year

Adele – Hello
Beyonce – Formation
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Rihanna – Work featuring Drake
Stressed Out – 21 Pilots

Song of The Year

Beyonce – Formation
Adele – Hello
Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Best New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
The Chainsmokers

Album of The Year

25 – Adele
Lemonade – Beyonce
Views – Drake
Purpose – Justin Bieber
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson

Best Rap Performance

Chance The Rapper – No Problem feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne
Desiigner – Panda
Drake – Pop Style feat. The Throne
Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All the Way Up feat. French Montana and Infrared
Schoolboy Q – THat Part feat. Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Beyoncé – Freedom feat. Kendrick Lamar
Drake – Hotline Bling
D.R.A.M. – Broccoli feat. Lil Yachty
Kanye West – Ultralight Beam feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin and The-Dream
Kanye West – Famous feat. Rihanna

Best Rap Song

Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All the Way Up feat. French Montana and Infrared
Kanye West – Famous feat. Rihanna
Drake – Hotline Bling
Chance The Rapper – No Problem feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne
Kanye West – Ultralight Beam feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin and The-Dream

Best Rap Album

Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody…
DJ Khaled – Major Key
Drake – Views
Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Best R&B Song

PARTYNEXTDOOR – Come See Me featuring Drake
Bryson Tiller – Exchange
Rihanna – Kiss It Better
Maxwell – Lake by the Ocean
Tory Lanez – Luv

Best R&B Album

BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits
Mint Condition – Healing Season
Mya – Smoove Jones

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One Response to “Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna & Kanye Lead the 2016 Grammy Nominations”

  1. kevh Says:

    funny how hotline bling gets a nom 2 years after cash money fucked drake outta the award by submitting no paperwork.. i don’t get that label’s moved at all

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