2014 GRAMMY Award Nominations [ R&B Edition ]


Tonight, The Recording Academy revealed the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Justin Timberlake and Pharrell lead the pack with seven nominations. Bruno Mars follows with four nods while Tamar Braxton, Fantasia and Robin Thicke earn three.

Mary J.Blige surprises as she scores two Grammy nods for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Now or Never”) and Album of the Year for her contribution to Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

Music’s biggest night will air live from L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday, January 26, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

In case your favorite R&B artist isn’t nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY Award, vote for them at the 2013 Rated RnB Music Awards.

Take a look at 2014 GRAMMY nominations with R&B acts.

Record of the Year 

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines’

Album of the Year 

Mary J.Blige – “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” by Kendrick Lamar [Featured Artist]
Pharrell Williams – “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk [Producer]
Pharrell Williams – “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” by Kendrick Lamar [Producer]

Song of the Year 

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

Best Pop Solo Performance

Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance 

Daft Punk & Pharrell “Get Lucky”
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko – “Stay”
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z – “Suit & Tie”

Best Pop Vocal Album 

Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox”
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Cee Lo Green – “Cee Lo’s Magic Moment”
Dionne Warwick – “Now”

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Anthony Hamilton – “Best of Me”
Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip – “Nakamarra”
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar – “How Many Drinks?”
Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway – “Something”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Gary Clark Jr. – “Please Come Home”
Fantasia – “Get It Right”
Maysa – “Quiet Fire”
Gregory Porter “Hey Laura”
Ryan Shaw – “Yesterday”

Best R&B Song 

Anthony Hamilton – “Best of Me”
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
PJ Morton – “Only One”
Justin Timberlake – “Pusher Lover Girl”
Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott – “Without Me”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Fantasia – “Side Effects of You”
Salaam Remi – “One: In The Chamber”
Rihanna – “Unapologetic”
Mack Wilds – “New York: A Love Story”

Best R&B Album

Faith Evans – “R&B Divas”
Alicia Keys – “Girl On Fire”
John Legend – “Love in the Future”
Chrisette Michele – “Better”
TGT – “Three Kings”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

J.Cole featuring Miguel – “Power Trip”
Jay Z featuring Beyonce – “Part II (On The Run)”
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J.Blige – “Now or Never”
Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd – “Remember You”

Best Rap Song 

Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”

Best Gospel Song 

Charlie Wilson – “If I Believe”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Dr. Luke

Best Music Video 

Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z – “Suit & Tie”

Full list of nominations here.


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Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

SoMo Announces ‘The Reservations Tour’ Dates

SoMo stays on the road. After wrapping up his The Answers Tour this year, the Texas native announces dates for The Reservations Tour. The tour will begin on February 21, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and will hit cities across the U.S. including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on April 14 in Dallas.

“Can’t wait to see new and old faces on this tour,” SoMo tweeted.

In September, he released his My Life III mixtape. “This project means so much to me! These songs poured out of my soul and I hope you enjoy them,” SoMo said.

See SoMo’s tour dates below and get tickets at officialsomo.com.

Justine Skye Announces Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

With three EPs and a handful of one-off singles under her belt, Justine is finally ready to deliver her debut album. The project is titled Ultraviolet and is set to release on January 19, 2018 via Roc Nation. It will include her previously released songs “U Don’t Know” featuring Wiz Kid, “Back For More” featuring Jeremih and “Don’t Think About It.”

Skye took over Apple Music’s official Instagram account to announce the exciting news and to share a few details about the project. She revealed she collaborated with PARTYNEXTDOOR on a song called “Good Love,” which will be out on Friday.

“It was just dope working with PARTY because not only is he an amazing artist, he is a fire, fire songwriter and very passionate about the projects he works on,” she said.

The Brooklyn native also mentioned track seven, “Heaven,” is the most personal to her. “‘Heaven’ I feel like is the most vulnerable song on the album,” Skye said. “I did this song with Prince Charlez and Fred Ball who did ‘Love on the Brain’ with Rihanna.”

Ultraviolet will be on pre-order starting Friday (Dec. 8). Fans who pre-order the album will get an instant download of Skye’s new track “Goodlove.”

Ultraviolet Track List
1. Wasteland
2. Goodlove
3. U Don’t Know feat. Wiz Kid
4. Back For More feat. Jeremih
5. Don’t Think About It
6. You Got Me
7. Heaven
8. Push Ya
9. Lil Boy
10. Ultraviolet

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