Hip-hop, which has reigned supreme as music’s most streamed genre for some time now, has long had a rocky relationship with the Grammy Awards. There’s been boycotts and verbal shots fired, in response to the lack of love the culture has felt from The Recording Academy. Although the shut-out of Jay-Z and R&B diva SZA at the 2018 Grammy Awards may have further complicated that relationship, the committee has implemented some #NewRules that may help hip-hop’s cause.
It also wouldn’t hurt, if the undeniable dominance of rap music was better reflected in the 2019 Grammy nominations for major categories like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Today (Dec. 7), the 2018 Grammy Awards nominees are announced. XXL takes a look at the possible hip-hop contenders for Grammy gold.
Drake spent much of the year topping just about every music-related chart you can think of. Cozily perched atop of the music game, he made sure his presence was felt with a bevy of hit-making guest appearances, as well as with his record-breaking Scorpion—which could be considered for the Album of the Year gramophone. A trio of No. 1 songs from Drizzy, including “In My Feelings” and “Nice For What,” may end up contending in the top song categories.
Cardi B may not be eligible for a Best New Artist nomination, but that shouldn’t stop her from racking up in other categories. After locking in her first two Grammy nods for the mega-hit, “Bodak Yellow,” the Bronx native has established herself as more than a one-hit wonder. The success of her Invasion of Privacy debut could garner her more well-deserved Grammy love.
New kid on the block Juice Wrld had a breakout year. The rapper, singer and songwriter’s gold-selling debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, as well as his multi-platinum single “Lucid Dreams” should be enough for the Chi-Town native to pop up on the Grammys’ radar for consideration in the Best New Artist category.
Rivals Drake and G.O.O.D. Music crew members Kanye West and and Pusha-T could face off in the fight for the Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance titles, along with J. Cole, Migos, Post Malone and Nicki Minaj, who could also compete with a foe in these rap-centric categories. In a year full of beef, love conquered all for The Carters, who should easily garner a Best Rap/Sung Performance nomination, due to their joint effort, Love Is Everything.
Returning to the West Coast after this year’s New York City trip, the Grammys are coming home for 2019. Slated to be held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the 61st annual awards show is set to air on Sun., Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
The nominations will be unveiled today at 8:30 a.m. If you want to know which hip-hop stars will need to get their acceptance speeches ready for Music’s Biggest Night, stay tuned to XXL for updates as each category is unveiled. The full list of nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards will be found here.
2019 Grammy Awards Nominees
Record of the Year
(This award goes to the Artist, the producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.)
Album of the Year
(Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.)
Song of the Year
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)
Best New Artist
Best Urban Contemporary Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)
Best R&B Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)
Best Rap Performance (For a rap performance, singles or tracks only.)
Best Rap/Sung Performance
(For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and rap.)
Best Rap Song
(A song must contain music and lyrics and must be either a new song or a song first achieving prominence during the eligibility year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))
Best Rap Album
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best Dance Recording
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Music Video
Best Music Film
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