2017 Grammy Nominations Revealed, Beyoncé Dominates

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The 59th Annual Grammy Award nominations have been revealed. Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nods including Album of the Year, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Film for her multi-genre visual album LemonadeRihanna follows Queen Bey with eight nominations.

Anderson.Paak has two nods in the Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best New Artist categories. He isn’t the only R&B newcomer nominated, though. Both Ro James and BJ The Chicago Kid receive nominations for Best R&B Performance. BJ is also nominated for Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Album (In My Mind).

The Best R&B Song category is going to make us stop breathing with Rihanna (“Kiss It Better”), Maxwell (“Lake By The Ocean”), Tory Lanez (“Luv”), Bryson Tiller (“Exchange”) and PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Come See Me” feat. Drake) each receiving a nomination.

This year may be coming to an end but these great albums won’t be left behind. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air live at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 P.M. on CBS.

View a partial list of categories and nominees below. You can view the entire list here.

RECORD OF THE YEAR

“Hello” – Adele

“Formation” – Beyoncé

“7 Years” – Lukas Graham

“Work” – Rihanna Featuring Drake

“Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

25 – Adele

Lemonade – Beyoncé

Purpose – Justin Bieber

Views – Drake

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Formation” – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Hello” – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)

“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)

“7 Years” – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance The Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak

 

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

“Hello” – Adele

“Hold Up” – Beyoncé

“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber

“Piece by Piece (Idol Version)” – Kelly Clarkson

“Dangerous Woman” – Ariana Grande

 

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

“Closer” – The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey

“7 Years” – Lukas Graham

“Work” – Rihanna Featuring Drake

“Cheap Thrills” – Sia Featuring Sean Paul

“Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

25 – Adele

Purpose – Justin Bieber

Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Confident – Demi Lovato

This Is Acting – Sia

 

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

“Turnin’ Me Up” – BJ The Chicago Kid

“Permission” – Ro James

“I Do” – Musiq Soulchild

“Needed Me” – Rihanna

“Cranes In The Sky” – Solange

 

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

“The Three Of Me” – William Bell

“Woman’s World” – BJ The Chicago Kid

“Sleeping With The One I Love” – Fantasia

“Angel” – Lalah Hathaway

“Can’t Wait” – Jill Scott

 

BEST R&B SONG

“Come See Me” – PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake

“Exchange” – Bryson Tiller

“Kiss It Better” – Rihanna

“Lake By The Ocean” – Maxwell

“Luv” – Tory Lanez

 

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Lemonade – Beyoncé

Ology – Gallant

We Are King – KING

Malibu – Anderson .Paak

Anti – Rihanna

 

BEST R&B ALBUM

In My Mind – BJ The Chicago Kid

Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway

Velvet Portraits – Terrace Martin

Healing Season – Mint Condition

Smoove Jones – Mya

 

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

“No Problem” – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

“Panda” -Desiigner

“Pop Style” – Drake Featuring The Throne

“All The Way Up” – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared

“That Part” – ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

 

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION

“Freedom” – Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Hotline Bling” – Drake

“Broccoli” – D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty

“Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream

“Famous” – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

 

BEST RAP SONG

“All The Way Up” – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared

“Famous” – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

“Hotline Bling” – Drake

“No Problem” – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

“Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper

And The Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul

Major Key – DJ Khaled

Views – Drake

Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q

The Life Of Pablo – Kanye West

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL

Benny Blanco

Greg Kurstin

Max Martin

Nineteen85

Ricky Reed

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

“Formation” – Beyoncé

“River” – Leon Bridges

“Up & Up” – Coldplay

“Gosh” – Jamie XX

“Upside Down & Inside Out” – OK Go

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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

Ty Dolla $ign Announces ‘Don’t Judge Me Tour’

After releasing his new album Beach House 3 in October, Ty Dolla $ign is ready to hit the road. The West Coast artist has announced his Don’t Judge Me Tour that is scheduled to begin on February 21, 2018 in Santa Ana, Calif. He will travel across 35 cities in North America, including Chicago, D.C, Detroit, New York, Toronto and Vancouver, to name a few. Rapper Big Krit will join him as the special guest at four stops.

Spotify pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT while local pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 10 a.m. local. All remaining tickets released to the general public on Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. local. For complete details, and ticket information, please visit dollasignworld.com.

Ty Dolla $ign Don’t Judge Me Tour Dates
Feb. 21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Feb. 22 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
Feb. 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Feb. 24 – Berkley, CA – The UC Theatre
Feb. 25 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Feb. 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
March 1 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
March 2 – Las Vegas, NV – Drais
March 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
March 4 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
March 8 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
March 9 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 10 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
March 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
March 14 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 16 – Reading, PA – Reverb
March 17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
March 18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
March 20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 21 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
March 22 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *
March 23 – Morgantown, VA – Mainstage Morgantown
March 24 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva *
March 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *
March 27 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
March 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
March 29 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
March 31 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
April 1 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
April 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
April 4 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
April 5 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Kandi Burruss to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Chicago’ Musical

Kandi keeps winning! After landing her first ESSENCE cover this fall, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star will razzle dazzle show-goers on Broadway for the first time as Matron “Mama” Morton in the eight-week run of Chicago.

The Xscape singer exclusively shared the announcement with PEOPLE. She also revealed her Broadway news on Instagram, captioning, “I’m so excited.”

The Grammy winning singer will begin her stint will run from January 15 – March 11, 2018 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York. She will join current Chicago stars Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Todrick Hall as Billy Flynn (through January 14 only), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Kandi is still kickin’ it on the sold-out Great Xscape Tour with special guests Monica and Tamar Braxton. Get your tickets for Chicago here.

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