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Black Artists Dominate 2020 Grammy Nominations

Getting nominated is easy for black artists, but winning is another story.

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On Wednesday morning, the nominations for the 62ndGrammy Awards were announced, and as usual, black artists dominated almost every contemporary category.

Lizzo leads all nominees with 8 nominations, and is closely followed by Lil Nas X (6), H.E.R. (5), and Beyoncé, Gary Clark Jr., J. Cole, and Lucky Daye who all grabbed 4 nominations.

The Grammys will take place on Sunday Jan. 26 and will be live on CBS at 7 p.m. EST. Alicia Keys is set to return as host, as she’ll be the third woman and the first female artist to host the show multiple times.

Michelle Obama received a nomination for best spoken word album for “Becoming,” as Nipsey Hussle received 3 posthumous nominations.

Earlier this year, a report from The Atlantic highlighted the long history black artists have when it comes to losing out in the show’s major categories, as a black artist hadn’t won Album of the Year since 2008 before Bruno Mars took the award home in 2018.

Below is a list of some of the major categories:

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bon Iver – i,i

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go

H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her

Lil Nas X – 7

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Brandi Carlile – Bring My Flowers Now

H.E.R. – Hard Place

Taylor Swift – Lover

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Love

Lizzo – Truth Hurts

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Bon Iver – Hey Ma

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Ariana Grande – 7 rings

H.E.R. – Hard Place

Khalid – Talk

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road

Lizzo – Truth Hurts

Post Malone – Sunflower

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III

Meek Mill – Championships

21 Savage – I Am > I Was

Tyler, The Creator – IGOR

YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

 

BEST RAP SONG

YBN Cordae – Bad Idea [ft. Chance the Rapper]

Rick Ross – Gold Roses [ft. Drake]

21 Savage – A Lot [ft. J. Cole]

Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]

DaBaby – Suge

 

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

  1. Cole – Middle Child

DaBaby – Suge

Dreamville – Down Bad (feat. J.I.D., Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy)

Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle (feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)

Offset – Clout (feat. Cardi B)

 

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

Daniel Caesar – Love Again (feat. Brandy)

H.E.R. – Couldn’t Been Her (feat. Bryson Tiller)

Lizzo – Exactly How I Feel (feat. Gucci Mane)

Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo

Anderson .Paak – Come Home (feat. Andre 3000)

 

BEST R&B ALBUM

BJ the Chicago Kid – 1123

Lucy Daye – Painted

Ella Mai – Ella Mai

PJ Morton – Paul

Anderson .Paak – Ventura

 

BEST R&B SONG

H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]

Emily King – Look At Me Now

Chris Brown – No Guidance [ft. Drake]

Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo

PJ Morton – Say So [ft. JoJo]

 

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

Bj the Chicago Kid – Time Today

India.Arie- Steady Love

Lizzo – Jerome

Lucky Daye – Real Games

PJ Morton – Built for Love [ft. Jazmine Sullivan]

 

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI

Liz – Cuz I Love You

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload

Nao – Saturn

Jessie Reyez -Being Human in Public

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Black Pumas

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Maggie Rogers

Rosalía

Tank and the Bangas

Yola

 

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

Beyoncé – Spirit

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Ariana Grande – 7 rings

Lizzo – Truth Hurts

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down

 

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Ariana Grande & the Social House – Boyfriend

The Jonas Brothers – Sucker

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

Post Malone – Sunflower [ft. Swae Lee]

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Ariana Grande – thank u, next

Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project

Taylor Swift – Lover

 

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Andrea Bocelli – Sì

Michael Bublé – Love (Deluxe Edition)

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas

Barbra Streisand – Walls

 

BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG

“Love Theory”– Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Songwriter

“Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus” — Gloria Gaynor ft. Yolanda Adams; Bryan Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens, Songwriters

“See The Light” — Travis Greene ft. Jekalyn Carr

“Speak The Name” — Koryn Hawthorne ft. Natalie Grant

“This Is A Move (Live)” — Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nate Moore, Songwriters

 

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

Long Live Love — Kirk Franklin

Goshen — Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers

Tunnel Vision — Gene Moore

Settle Here — William Murphy

Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album — CeCe Winans

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