Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/12/18)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/12/18)

GRAMMY nominations are here! Tune in to hear my predictions for the Rap, R&B, and General Field (Big 4) categories! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 12/7- Gucci Mane- Evil Genius

  • 12/7- Ice Cube- Everythangs Corrupt

  • 12/14- Offset- TBA

  • 12/14- Vic Mensa- Hooligans

Dig Deeper

61st Annual GRAMMY Nominations & Predictions

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2017 - Sep. 30, 2018

Leading Nominations: Kendrick (8), Drake (7), H.E.R. (5), Childish Gambino (5), Cardi B (4)


(Big 4)

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.)

  • Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

  • By The Way I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

  • Scorpion - Drake

  • H.E.R. - H.E.R. (this is big. She got 5 nominations)

  • Beerbongs & Bentleys - Post Malone

  • Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae (dope that she’s nominated, her 7th and 8th nomination)

  • Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

  • Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar, TDE

Record of the Year (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • “I Like It” - Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin

  • “The Joke” - Brandi Carlile

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “Shallow” - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

  • “All the Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Rockstar” - Post Malone, 21 Savage

  • “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

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.)

  • “All the Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “In My Blood” - Shawn Mendes

  • “The Joke” - Brandi Carlile

  • “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

  • “Shallow” - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

Best New Artist (An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.)




  • H.E.R.






Best R&B Performance

  • “Long As I Live” - Toni Braxton

  • “Summer” - The Carters

  • “Y O Y” - Lalah Hathaway

  • “Best Part” - H.E.R. & Daniel Caesar

  • “First Began” - PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” - Leon Bridges

  • “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” - Bettye LaVette

  • “Honest” - MAJOR.

  • “How Deep Is Your Love” - PJ Morton (feat. Yebba)

  • “Made For Love” - Charlie Wilson (feat. Lalah Hathaway)

Best R&B Song (A Songwriter(s) Award)

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

  • “Come Through And Chill” - Miguel, J. Cole, Salaam Remi

  • “Feels Like Summer” - Childish Gambino

  • “Focus” - H.E.R.

  • “Long As I Live” - Toni Braxton

Best Urban Contemporary Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

  • Everything Is Love - The Carters

  • The Kids Are Alright - Chloe x Halle

  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

  • War & Leisure - Miguel

  • Ventriloquism - Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album

  • Sex & Cigarettes - Toni Braxton

  • Good Thing - Leon Bridges

  • Honestly - Lalah Hathaway

  • H.E.R. - H.E.R.

  • Gumbo Unplugged (Live) - PJ Morton


Best Rap Performance

  • “Be Careful” - Cardi B

  • “Nice For What” - Drake

  • “King’s Dead” - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake

  • “Bubblin” - Anderson .Paak

  • “Sicko Mode” - Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance (For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)

  • “Like I Do” - Christina Aguilera feat. Goldlink

  • “Pretty Little Fears” - 6LACK feat. J. Cole

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “All The Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Rockstar” - Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

Best Rap Song

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “King’s Dead” - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake

  • “Lucky You” - Eminem, Joyner Lucas

  • “Sicko Mode” - Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, Swae Lee

  • “WIN” - Jay Rock

Best Rap Album

  • Invasion Of Privacy - Cardi B

  • Swimming - Mac Miller

  • Victory Lap - Nipsey Hussle

  • Daytona - Pusha T

  • Astroworld - Travis Scott


Best Music Video

  • “Apeshit” - The Carters

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “I’m Not Racist” - Joyner Lucas

  • “PYNK” - Janelle Monae

  • “MUMBO JUMBO” - Tierra Whack

Other Categories to Keep an Eye On:

  • Quincy Jones or Whitney Houston could win for Best Music Film

  • Ziggy Marley could win Best Reggae Album for Rebellion Rises after Damian won it last year. Sting and Shaggy could also win it for 44/876

  • Dave Chappelle or Chris Rock could win Best Comedy Album

  • Black Panther could also get Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • Miguel or Kendrick Lamar & SZA could win Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Remember Me” from Coco and All the Stars from Black Panther

  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical could go to Boi-1da for Be Careful (Cardi B) (T) • Diplomatic Immunity (Drake) (S) • Friends (The Carters) (T) • God's Plan (Drake) (S) • Heard About Us (The Carters) (T) • Lucky You (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) (T) • Mob Ties (Drake) (T) • No Limit (G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) (S), Kanye for all the albums he produced this year, or Pharrell for • Apes*** (The Carters) (T) • Man Of The Woods (Justin Timberlake) (A) • No One Ever Really Dies (N.E.R.D) (A) • Stir Fry (Migos) (T) • Sweetener (Ariana Grande) (A)


  • J. Cole - KOD

See you next week!