57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards have now been announced. I can't say I'm that excited, though. As a hip-hop fan, the GRAMMY Awards have left me somewhat bitter over the past few years. The GRAMMYs have increasingly become more of a popularity contest than an indication of what artists deliver the best music. For example, Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy wasn't even nominated for Album of the Year in 2012 and Kendrick's good kid, m.A.A.d city lost for Best Rap Album to Macklemore's The Heist. It just gets harder to remain optimistic when many hip-hop and R&B artists don't get the credit they deserve after delivering amazing music every year. You can check out some of the notable category nominees below and view the full list here. The nominees for the Album of the Year award will be announced tonight and will be posted later. Enjoy.

Record Of The Year:

Iggy Azalea, “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Song of the Year:

Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
Sia, "Chandelier"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church"

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Music
Pharrell, G I R L

Best Rap Performance:

“3005," Childish Gambino
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,"  Drake
“Rap God," Eminem
“i," Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You," Lecrae

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“All of Me” (Live Version), John Legend
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist:

Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
HAIM
Sam Smith

Best Rock Song:

“Ain’t It Fun,” Hayley Williams & Taylor York (Paramore)
“Blue Moon,” Beck Hansen (Beck)
“Fever,” Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams (Ryan Adams)
“Lazaretto,” Jack White III (Jack White)

Best Rap Album:

The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
Because the Internet – Childish Gambino
Nobody’s Smiling – Common
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem
Oxymoron – ScHoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood – Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap Song:

“Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2″ – Kanye West
“i” – Kendrick Lamar
“We Dem Boyz – Wiz Khalifa
“0 to 100/The Catch Up” – Drake

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Blak Majik” – Common Featuring Jhené Aiko
“The Monster” – Eminem Featuring Rihanna
“Tuesday” – I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake
“Studio” – Schoolboy Q Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2″ – Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

Best Pop/Duo Group Performance:

“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea (Feat. Charli XCX)
“A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
“Say Something” – A Great Big World (Feat. Christina Aguilera)
“Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry (Feat. Juicy J)

Best Music Video:

“We Exist” – Arcade Fire
“Turn Down For What” – DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams
“The Golden Age” – Woodkid (Feat. Max Richter)

Best R&B Performance:

“Drunk In Love” – Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z)
“New Flame” – Chris Brown (Feat. Usher & Rick Ross)
“It’s Your World” – Jennifer Hudson (Feat. R. Kelly)
“Like This” – Ledisi
“Good Kisser” – Usher

Best R&B Song:

“Drunk In Love” – Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z)
“Good Kisser” – Usher
“New Flame” – Chris Brown
“Options” (Wolfjames Version) – Luke James (Feat. Rick Ross)
“The Worst” – Jhené Aiko

-AO