Thursday, 4 December 2008

It's Grammy Time For Hip Hop

Posted by Tahirah

It's the accolade that every artist secretly wants to win, and the 2009 nominations have been announced. And you know what else? They are bloody suprising!

LEADING with nominations is...

WEEEZZYYY baby! The most overrated rapper (in my humble opinion) is leading with 8 nods. Although I don't really rate his syrup-drunken flow (going into the booth high is NOT a skill people! I can't be mad at his swagga though, it's on point!) I definately think this is a good look for hip-hop.

Coldplay are repping hard for the UK with 7 nods

BUT more exciting is JIGGA, KANYE WEST & NE-YO all have 6 nods each!

UK girls, ESTELLE (who is up for 2 nods, first MOBOs & now Grammies...gwan gyal!), Leona Lewis, Adele and Duffy are also up for awards!

My Key Categories:

Album Of The Year:
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends — Coldplay
Tha Carter III — Lil Wayne
Year Of The Gentleman — Ne-Yo
Raising Sand — Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
In Rainbows — Radiohead

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
"Ribbon In The Sky" — Boyz II Men
"Words" — Anthony David Featuring Indie.Arie
"Stay With Me (By The Sea)" — Al Green Featuring John Legend
"I'm His Only Woman" — Jennifer Hudson Featuring Fantasia
"Never Give You Up" — Raphael Saadiq Featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton

Best Urban/Alternative Performance:
"Say Goodbye To Love" — Kenna
"Wanna Be" — Maiysha
"Be OK" — Chrisette Michele Featuring
"Many Moons" — Janelle Monae
"Lovin You (Music)" — Wayna Featuring Kokayi
Kenna, Janelle Monae & Chrisette Michele up for nods? Big look!

Best R&B Album:
Love & Life — Eric BenĂ©t
Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA — Boyz II Men
Lay It Down — Al Green
Jennifer Hudson — Jennifer Hudson
The Way I See It — Raphael Saadiq

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"American Boy" — Estelle Featuring Kanye West
"Low" — Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
"Green Light" — John Legend & Andre 3000
"Got Money" — Lil Wayne Featuring T-Pain
"Superstar" — Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos

Best Rap Song:
"Lollipop" — Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major
"Low" — Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
"Sexual Eruption" — Snoop Dogg
"Superstar" — Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos
"Swagga Like Us" — Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne

Best Rap Album:
American Gangster — Jay-Z
Tha Carter III — Lil Wayne
The Cool — Lupe Fiasco
Nas — Nas
Paper Trail — T.I.

It's great to see hip hop & R&B acts not just confined to their categories!