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Grammy Awards 2021. The Ultimate night in

today13 March 2021

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Its obvious that when I haven’t left the house for the best part of a year, that its hard to contain myself when it comes to the Grammy awards. Honestly, I’m generally not a huge fan of award ceremonies but this has me all jittery!

An artist that i have become a major fanboy of is Jhené Aiko. Jhené falls in the category of a strong (and i hate to use the term) female artist. The truth is, that Jhené cannot put a foot wrong and is one of a group of relatively new artists that have seen females pretty much take over the world of RnB, Hip Hip, Funk and Soul. I could only imagine a festival with an all female line up. Can you see it?? Jhené Aiko, Elle Mai, Georgia Smith, H.E.R, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish – Yes, Billie is a superstar and I wont apologise for saying that. I was lucky enough to see her (and Georgia Smith) at EP 2019 and she was epic! So epic, that a ton of people were squashed from the crowds that came to the main stage to see her, but anyway, I digress……

Some Grammy nominations in the R&B and Rap categories are as follows:

Best R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.

  • LIGHTNING & THUNDER
    Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend
  • BLACK PARADE
    Beyoncé
  • ALL I NEED
    Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
  • GOAT HEAD
    Brittany Howard
  • SEE ME
    Emily King

Best Traditional R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.

  • SIT ON DOWN
    The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
  • WONDER WHAT SHE THINKS OF ME
    Chloe X Halle
  • LET ME GO
    Mykal Kilgore
  • ANYTHING FOR YOU
    Ledisi
  • DISTANCE
    Yebba

Best R&B Song
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.

  • BETTER THAN I IMAGINED
    Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello)
  • BLACK PARADE
    Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • COLLIDE
    Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar & Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG)
  • DO IT
    Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch & Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
  • SLOW DOWN
    Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley & H.E.R.)

Best Progressive R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded progressive vocal tracks derivative of R&B.

  • CHILOMBO
    Jhené Aiko
  • UNGODLY HOUR
    Chloe X Halle
  • FREE NATIONALS
    Free Nationals
  • F*** YO FEELINGS
    Robert Glasper
  • IT IS WHAT IT IS
    Thundercat

Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.

  • HAPPY 2 BE HERE
    Ant Clemons
  • TAKE TIME
    Giveon
  • TO FEEL LOVE/D
    Luke James
  • BIGGER LOVE
    John Legend
  • ALL RISE
    Gregory Porter

RAP

Best Rap Performance
For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.

  • DEEP REVERENCE
    Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
  • BOP
    DaBaby
  • WHATS POPPIN
    Jack Harlow
  • THE BIGGER PICTURE
    Lil Baby
  • SAVAGE
    Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
  • DIOR
    Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance
For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.

  • ROCKSTAR
    DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
  • LAUGH NOW CRY LATER
    Drake Featuring Lil Durk
  • LOCKDOWN
    Anderson .Paak
  • THE BOX
    Roddy Ricch
  • HIGHEST IN THE ROOM
    Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
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..

  • THE BIGGER PICTURE
    Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai’shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
  • THE BOX
    Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade, Rodrick Moore, Adarius Moragne, Eric Sloan & Khirye Anthony Tyler, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
  • LAUGH NOW CRY LATER
    Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour & Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil Durk)
  • ROCKSTAR
    Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)
  • SAVAGE
    Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé)

Best Rap Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.

  • BLACK HABITS
    D SMOKE
  • ALFREDO
    Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
  • A WRITTEN TESTIMONY
    Jay Electronica
  • KING’S DISEASE
    Nas
  • THE ALLEGORY
    Royce 5’9″

The show will air at 1am GMT and my days of being able to stay up late and not crash the car are far behind me so i guess i’ll be watching on Monday.

Anyway, enjoy the show and (Shameless plug) dont forget to check out RnB Sessions on Saturday and Sundays 6-8 GMT.

Much love,

Al

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