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.


Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at smokingroovesfest.com.

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

JoJo Announces ‘Leaks, Mixtapes and Covers’ Tour Dates

JoJo will soon embark on a 15-date tour. Dubbed Leaks, Covers and Mixtapes, the singer will launch her tour in Anaheim, Calif. on May 29. From there, she will travel to several other major cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York before concluding in Dallas, TX on June 26.

Last August, JoJo launched her Clover Music imprint at Interscope Records. “I’m reunited with [Aaron Bay-Schuck], my original A&R at Atlantic, who was instrumental in signing me there,” JoJo explained. “One of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my career was leave the Atlantic family. It was a decision I seriously struggled with, but felt I owed it to myself to fulfill one of my ultimate goals, which was ownership.”

Leaks, Covers and Mixtapes Tour Schedule

Aaaaffddkfkfjskshdhshksdjiehagayahff!!!!!!! You have no idea how excited I am to sing these songs live for the very first time 😭😭😭 Leaks. Covers. & Mixtapes. This tour is especially for everyone who rocked with me when my hands were tied and my voice was silenced… thought it’d be mad fun to perform these songs since they were such a massive part of my life and you have always shown such passion for them. I wanted to keep the shows small and intimate so… get your tix now baebs. I miss seeing you up close and I want to get that connection that inspires me so much while I’m working on NEW material for my next project. Just starting to put the set list together… what songs do you want to hear most?! 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀 •ARTIST PRE-SALE tickets are available tomorrow, April 25th at 10am local time – use password: JOJOEXCLUSIVE •VENUE PRESALE tickets available this Thurs, April 26th at 10am •GENERAL tix go on sale this Fri, April 27th at 10am local (except New York, which goes on sale at noon)

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Janelle Monáe Announces ‘Dirty Computer Tour’

Clear your cache. Janelle Monáe has announced dates for her Dirty Computer Tour with special guest St. Beauty.

The 27-city tour kicks off on June 11 in Seattle and will make stops across North America, including Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York and Tampa. The tour will conclude on August 4 in Monae’s hometown Atlanta.

Presales begin Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. local time. Every online ticket purchase includes a digital copy of Monáe’s new album, Dirty Computer, which releases this Friday, April 27. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, May 2 at LiveNation.com.

Monáe also released a brand new music video today for her previously released single “I Like That.” The song is the follow-up to “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and “PYNK.”

Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer Tour Dates
June 11 — Seattle, WA @ King County’s Marymoor Park
June 12 — Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
June 13 — Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
June 16 — San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
June 20 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
June 26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater
June 28 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
June 30 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
July 1 — Denver, CO @ The Paramount Theatre
July 3 — Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
July 5 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
July 6 — Milwaukee, WI* @ Summerfest*
July 7 — Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
July 9 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre Detroit
July 10 — Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
July 11 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
July 13 — Nashville, TN+ @ Ryman Auditorium+
July 14 — Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
July 16 — Toronto, ON @ Rebel
July 18 — New York, NY @ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
July 20 — Washington, DC* @ The Anthem*
July 21 — Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 23 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
July 24 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
July 26 — Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
July 27 — Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami at Jackie Gleason Theater
July 28 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
Aug 4 — Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

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