Jay-Z Heads List of Grammy Nominees

Veteran performer Jay-Z led all Grammy Awards nominees with nine nods ranging from Best Pop Duo or Group Performance for his work with Justin Timberlake on the song “Suit and Tie” to best Rap Album.

The nominations were announced by the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences late last week.

“This year’s nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields,” Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “Once again, The Academy’s awards process and its voting membership have produced an impressive list of nominations across various genres promising music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique ‘Grammy Moments.’”

Tied for seven nominations each are Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams.

Cee Lo Green could take home the Grammy award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album if he can beat out fellow nominees Gloria Estefan with “The Standards,” Michael Buble’s “To Be Loved,” Dionne Warwick with “Now,” and the various artists that appeared with Tony Bennet on “Viva Duets.”

Though she was pleased overall with the list of nominees, Michelle Shellers, a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy, said there was room for improvement.

“I hope to see more musically awesome, lyrically responsible, currently underground acts breaking into mainstream in the near future,” she told the AFRO. “There used to be more diversity in what was considered mainstream and it would be great to experience that again.”

Shellers said she was looking forward to the competition for Best R&B Album, a category featuring the likes of John Legend’s “Love in the Future,” Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire,” Chrisette Michelle’s “Better,” and “R&B Divas” by Faith Evans.

The group TGT, made up of crooners Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, also got a nod for Best R&B Album for their work on “Three Kings.”

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” will go against Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” in the Best Pop Vocal Album category, in which Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” Lana Del Rey’s “Paradise” and Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” are also contending.

Left off the list was K. Michelle, the star of the reality television show “Love and Hip Hop” whose album “Rebellious Soul” debuted at number two in August on the Billboard 200 chart.

“Wow major Grammy snub. I guess a little Black girl who truly speaks her mind was a little too much huh? Gotta work harder next year,” the songstress said to fans via her twitter page last week.

Rapper Nicki Minaj also failed to grab any nominations this year.

The 56th Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Jay-Z Heads List of Grammy Nominees


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