The nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards are here. While the Academy’s seeming reluctance to properly acknowledge hip-hop has been a frequent criticism in the past, it seems this year they’ve gotten it right.

Nabbing the most noms is (21-time Grammy winner) JAY-Z whose 4:44 boasts eight nominations, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Music Video, Best Rap performance, Best Rap/Sung performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album.

Right behind Jigga is Kendrick Lamar whose DAMN is up for seven prizes, including all the ones JAY is nominated in, except for Song of the Year. Filling in that category is Logic whose Go Show alumni Khalid and Alyssa Cara assisted “1-800-273-8255” is also up for Best Music Video. Khalid also finds himself nominated for Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Song and Best Urban Contemporary album, all of which has him facing off with SZA.

My old NYU roommate Childish Gambino has five nominations for Awaken, My Love! and its hit “Redbone” including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Traditional R&B Performance, R&B Song and Urban Contemporary Album. Sadly, our track “My Hoodie” has been snubbed for the tenth consecutive year.

Even the Producer of the Year Non-Classical category has three modern hip-hop names vying for the honor. Calvin Harris is perhaps the most known name thanks to his being in the forefront for DJ Khaled‘s “Don’t Quit” and his album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. However, he does have some heavy-hitting competition from No I.D. (JAY-Z’s 4:44 and Vic Mensa‘s The Autobiography of Vic Mensa) and The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like,” Kyle‘s “Sunshine” and Lil Yachty‘s “Better.”) which emphasizes what a strong year this has been for hip-hop. 

Here’s the full list of modern hip-hop nominees and who they’ll be mercilessly campaigning against for a solid gold gramophone. 

R&B performance

“Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis

“Distraction” — Kehlani

“High” — Ledisi

“That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

“The Weekend” — SZA

Traditional R&B performance

“Laugh and Move On” — the Baylor Project

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“What I’m Feelin’” — Anthony Hamilton teaturing the Hamiltones

“All the Way” — Ledisi

“Still” — Mali Music

R&B song

“First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

“Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

“Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

“Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)

“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Urban contemporary album

“Free 6lack” — 6lack

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

“American Teen” — Khalid

“Ctrl” — SZA

“Starboy” — the Weeknd

R&B album

“Freudian” — Daniel Caesar

“Let Love Rule” — Ledisi

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

“Gumbo” — PJ Morton

“Feel the Real’ — Musiq Soulchild

Rap performance

“Bounce Back” — Big Sean

“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B

“4:44” — Jay-Z

“Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar

“Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Rap/sung performance

“Prblms” — 6lack

“Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

“Family Feud” — Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé

“Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

“Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott

Rap song

“Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)

“Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi)

“Humble.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

“Sassy” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)

“The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Best Rap Album

4:44 – Jay-Z

DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

Culture – Migos

Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody

Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Best Music Video

”Up All Night” — (Beck) Canada, video director; Laura Serra Estorch & Oscar Romagosa, video producers
“Makeba” — (Jain) Lionel Hirle & Gregory Ohrel, video directors; Yodelice, video producer
“The Story of O.J.” — (Jay-Z) Shawn Carter & Mark Romanek, video directors; Daniel Midgley, video producer
“Humble.” — (Kendrick Lamar) The Little Homies & Dave Meyers, video directors; Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K. Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith, video producers
“1-800-273-8255” — (Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) Andy Hines, video director; Andrew Lerios, video producer

Album Of The Year

Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino

4:44 — Jay-Z

Damn. — Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama — Lorde

24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Record Of The Year

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z

“Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar

”24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year

“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)

“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Check out all of the nominees here.

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