Grammys Go Hip-Hop… And They Don’t Stop

Caitlyn Nguyen, Features Reporter

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Who do you think will win big at next year’s Grammys?

A safe bet would be a rapper.

Rap/hip-hop artists lead the top categories of this year’s Academy of Recording Artist and Sciences’ Grammy awards announced on November 28. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards show will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden January 28 on CBS, Channel 13.

Each of those artists – Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino – had huge years on terrestrial radio, Apple Music and Tidal streaming services.

Jay-Z wears the nominations crown with 8 nods, while Kendrick Lamar comes in with 7 and Childish Gambino finished with five, largely on the back of his song, “Redbone.”

 

For song of the year, the nominees are “Despacito” performed by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, “4:44” from Jay-Z, “Issues,” sung by Julia Michaels, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars and “1-800-273-8255,” a suicide-prevention song by Logic that features Alessia Cara and Khalid, two of this year’s Best New Artists candidates.

Along with Cara and Khalid, best new artist nominees include Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA.

Based on a very informal poll among our Prowl staff, don’t be surprised to see Khalid come out with a close win over SZA in this category.

As for Record of the Year, our staff believes Kendrick doesn’t need to be so “HUMBLE” when he likely wins this category over “Despacito,” Childish’s “Redbone,” Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” and Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic.”

The Prowl predicts that the power of “1-800-273-8255” makes it the Logic-al choice for Song of the Year. It is a song/artist combination The Prowl’s Michy Benadives focused on earlier this fall: https://cougarprowl.net/1630/opinion/logic-raps-suicide-is-not-the-answer/

Here are three other notable Grammy categories.

Best 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

Best country solo performance

“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt

“Losing You,” Alison Krauss

“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert

“I Could Use a Love Song,” Maren Morris

“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Best pop solo performance

“Love So Soft,” Kelly Clarkson

“Praying,” Kesha

“Million Reasons,” Lady Gaga

“What About Us,” P!nk

“Shape Of You,” Ed Sheeran

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