The 2013 Grammy nominations were announced yesterday by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, and it seems as though this year, a lot of artists who have been overlooked are getting their due shine. Newcomer Frank Ocean has a lot to celebrate as he is one of the top leaders with an amazing six nods for his Channel Orange debut album which is up for Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Joining him are Kanye West and Jay-Z who are also two of the top contenders with six nominations apiece, including Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Collaboration for their work on Watch The Throne. Miguel was overlooked last year by The Grammys but this year made up for it as he’s up for five Grammys, including Song Of The Year for “Adorn.” He also has a nomination with Wale for their track, “Lotus Flower Bomb” and will go head-to-head with Chris Brown and Frank Ocean for the Best Urban Contemporary Album Of The Year. Nas also ties Miguel with five nominations including, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. Life is definitely good.
Janelle Monae had a phenomenal year and her hard work has definitely paid off. She snagged three nominations for her work on “We Are Young” with fun. including Song of The Year and Record Of The Year. Congrats girl!
Other notable nominees include Rihanna (3), Trey Songz, SWV, Estelle, Elle Varner, R. Kelly, Luke James, Tamia, Anthony Hamilton, and Tyrese. R&B is definitely back and getting it’s due shine. Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa (for his work with Maroon 5), 2 Chainz, Lupe Fiasco and Wale round out the rap nominees while Nicki Minaj is noticeably missing this year.
FULL NOMINEE LIST: Necole Bitchie.com: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Nas & Miguel Lead The 2013 Grammy Award Nominations http://necolebitchie.com/2012/12/06/kanye-west-jay-z-frank-ocean-nas-miguel-dominate-the-2012-grammy-award-nominations/#ixzz2ENS6U500