Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/13/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/13/19)


In this week's episode, I recap the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards and try to contextualize why the GRAMMYs made the picks they did! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


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Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements: 

Where’s The Beef? (Tory Lanez vs. DreamDoll & Tory Lanez vs. Dax)

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 2/22- Kehlani- While We Wait

  • 2/22- Lil Pump- Harverd Dropout

  • 2/22- Offset- TBA

Dig Deeper

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Recap

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.)

  • CHLOE X HALLE

  • LUKE COMBS

  • GRETA VAN FLEET

  • H.E.R.

  • DUA LIPA

  • MARGO PRICE

  • BEBE REXHA

  • JORJA SMITH

(R&B)


Best R&B Performance (this is to song as ROTY is to SOTY)

  • “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 (this is to R&B as R&B is to Urban Contemporary)

  • “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. (This should be a battle between Ella Mai and H.E.R. Boo’d up is a great song, but I think Focus is better if we’re just looking at the writing)

  • “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


(Rap)


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

(Misc.)


Best Music Video

  • “Apeshit” - The Carters

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “I’m Not Racist” - Joyner Lucas

  • “PYNK” - Janelle Monae

  • “MUMBO JUMBO” - Tierra Whack

See you next week!

-AO

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

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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!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things to Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

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)

(PREDICTIONS IN BOLD)

(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.)

  • CHLOE X HALLE

  • LUKE COMBS

  • GRETA VAN FLEET

  • H.E.R.

  • DUA LIPA

  • MARGO PRICE

  • BEBE REXHA

  • JORJA SMITH

(R&B)

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

(Rap)

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

(Misc.)

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)

Snubs:

  • J. Cole - KOD

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/29/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/29/17)


In this week's episode, I discuss the nominations for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards and deliver my predictions for the Big 4, R&B, and Rap categories. Tune into the episode on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud!


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 11/11- Cam’ron, The Program
  • 11/17- T-Pain, OBLIVION
  • 11/17- Jaden Smith, SYRE
  • 11/17- Talib Kweli, Radio Silence
  • 11/17- NxWorries, Yes Lawd! Remixes
  • 11/24- Fabolous & Jadakiss, Friday on Elm Street
  • 12/01- Roy Woods, Say Less
  • 12/01- Miguel, War & Leisure
  • 12/15- Eminem, Revival
  • 12/15- N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies

Dig Deeper

60th Annual GRAMMY Award Show Nominations & Predictions

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2016 - Sep. 30, 2017

Leading Nominations: Jay-Z (8), Kendrick (7), Bruno Mars (6), SZA (5), Khalid (5), No I.D. (5), Childish Gambino (5)
 

My predictions are denoted in bold.

(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.)

  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino
  • 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • Melodrama - Lorde
  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

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.)

  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar (Mike Will also wins)
  • “24K Magic” - Bruno Mars

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.)

  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
  • “4:44” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)
  • “Issues” - Julia Michaels
  • 1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

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.)

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

(R&B)

Best R&B Performance

  • “Get You” - Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis
  • “Distraction” - Kehlani
  • “High” - Ledisi
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars
  • “The Weekend” - SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Laugh and Move On” - The Baylor Project
  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “What I’m Feelin’” - Anthony Hamilton, The Hamiltones
  • “All The Way” - Ledisi
  • “Still” - Mali Music

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

  • “First Began” - PJ Morton
  • “Location” - Khalid
  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “Supermodel” - SZA (Pharrell also wins)
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

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

  • Free 6LACK - 6LACK
  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino
  • American Teen - Khalid
  • Ctrl - SZA
  • Starboy - The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Freudian - Daniel Caesar
  • Let Love Rule - Ledisi
  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  • Gumbo - PJ Morton
  • Feel The Real - Musiq Soulchild

(Rap)

Best Rap Performance

  • “Bounce Back” - Big Sean
  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B
  • “4:44” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “Bad & Boujee” - Migos, Lil Uzi Vert

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

  • “PRBLMS” - 6LACK
  • “Crew” - Goldlink, Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  • “Family Feud” - Jay-Z, Beyoncé
  • “LOYALTY.” - Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna
  • “Love Galore” - SZA, Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B (Kodak also wins)
  • “Chase Me” - Danger Mouse, RTJ & Big Boi
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “Sassy” - Rapsody
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)

Best Rap Album

  • 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • Culture - Migos
  • Laila’s Wisdom - Rapsody
  • Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator

(Misc.)

Best Music Video

  • “Up All Night” - Beck
  • “Makeba” - Jain
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside the Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/19/17)


Thinking Outside the Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/19/17)


In this week's episode, I recap the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. It was a wild one lol. Check out the episode on iTunes or Soundcloud!


Song of the Week


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Things To Check Out:

Recently Released:

  • 2/17- Future, Future

Dig Deeper

59th Annual GRAMMY Award Winners: (Big 4, Rap, R&B):

GENERAL FIELD

Album Of The Year:

  • 25 — Adele
  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Purpose — Justin Bieber
  • Views — Drake
  • A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:

  • "Hello" — Adele
  • "Formation" — Beyoncé
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
  • "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
  • "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:

  • "Formation" — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • "Hello" — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance:

  • "Turnin' Me Up" — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • "Permission" — Ro James
  • "I Do" — Musiq Soulchild
  • "Needed Me" — Rihanna
  • "Cranes in the Sky" — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

  • "The Three Of Me" — William Bell
  • "Woman's World" — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • "Sleeping With The One I Love" — Fantasia
  • "Angel" — Lalah Hathaway
  • "Can't Wait" — Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:

  • "Come and See Me" — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
  • "Exchange" — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
  • "Kiss It Better" — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
  • "Lake By the Ocean" — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
  • "Luv" — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Ology — Gallant
  • We Are King — KING
  • Malibu — Anderson .Paak
  • Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:

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

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance:

  • "No Problem" — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
  • "Panda" —Desiigner
  • "Pop Style" — Drake Featuring The Throne
  • "All The Way Up" — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
  • "That Part" — ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

  • "Freedom" — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • "Hotline Bling" — Drake
  • "Broccoli" — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
  • "Famous" — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:

  • "All The Way Up" — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
  • "Famous" — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
  • "Hotline Bling" — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
  • "No Problem" — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album:

  • Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
  • And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
  • Major Key — DJ Khaled
  • Views — Drake
  • Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
  • The Life of Pablo — Kanye West

See you next week!

-AO