Short List of African-American GRAMMY Nominees for the 61st GRAMMY Awards

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It’s that time of year again. Whether you’re going to celebrate the GRAMMYs on your own or by throwing a decorative  GRAMMY viewing party it’s important to know who you’re cheering for. If you’re looking to research the nominated artists, here are some of the African-American Grammy Nominees for you to keep your eye on. Be sure to tune in on February 10th to cheer for your favorites!

Wondering who some of the African-American GRAMMY Nominees are? Get in some last-minute research before the big night.  Here’s the scoop on the artist nominated:

Kendrick Lamar

Having already won 12 GRAMMYs with 37 nominations, it isn’t surprising that Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for yet another award. Best known for what hip-hop fans dub “The Revival of Hip-Hop,” the award-winning singer and songwriter has been a reoccurring face at the GRAMMYs since 2013. His first GRAMMY win came soon after in 2014 for Best Rap Performance. That same ceremony, he also took home the award for Best Rap Song. This year, he’s nominated for several categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Drake

Drake has been a GRAMMY nominee since 2009 when he was in the running for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song for his song “Best I Ever Had.” However, the artist’s first GRAMMY win didn’t come until 2012 when he won Best Rap Album. Drake went on to win two more GRAMMYs in 2016 with the song “Hotline Bling.” He currently has seven nominations for four of his songs: three for “God’s Plan,” two for “Sicko Mode,” and one each for “Scorpion” and “Nice For What.”

Janelle Monáe

As a singer, songwriter, actress, and producer Janelle Monáe is no stranger to the stage. Beginning her GRAMMY career in 2008 with her song “Many Moons,” Monáe has since accumulated seven other nominations but no wins as of late. Having been nominated this year for Album of the Year and Best Music Video, this could very well be her year.

Childish Gambino

Born Donald Glover, Childish Gambino’s first appearance at the GRAMMYs came in 2014 when he was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album. In 2017, the artist returned with a vengeance—he won Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song “Redbone.” This year, he’s back yet again with nominations in five categories, four of which are for his song “This Is America.”

Jorja Smith

Brand new to the GRAMMY stage, Jorja Smith is in the running for Best New Artist this year. Her 2018 debut album, Lost & Found, showcased her vocal talent with such songs as “Blue Lights,” “The One,” and “Don’t Watch Me Cry.”

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