2018 Grammy Nominees Announced (R&B Edition)

The list of nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards has been revealed. Bruno Mars scores six nominations, while Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA land five nominations each.

“I’m inspired by this year’s nominees and the incredible talent each possesses,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Their recordings are a true testament to how creatively alive and meaningful our music industry has become. Each nominee uses their craft to inspire, uplift, and tell stories of our world through their artistry. They provide a vibrant soundtrack that represents the highest level of excellence and continues to impact and reflect our culture.”

The Grammys will air live on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

See the list of nominees below.

Best R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)

“Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
“Distraction” — Kehlani
“High” — Ledisi
“That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
“The Weekend” — SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

“Laugh And Move On” — The Baylor Project
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“What I’m Feelin'” — Anthony Hamilton featuring The Hamiltones
“All The Way” — Ledisi
“Still” — Mali Music

Best R&B Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

“First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)
“Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)
“Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
“Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

Free 6LACK – 6LACK
Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino
American Teen — Khalid
Ctrl — SZA
Starboy — The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)

Freudian — Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule — Ledisi
24K Magic — Bruno Mars
Gumbo — PJ Morton
Feel The Real — Musiq Soulchild

Best Rap/Sung Performance
(For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)

“PRBLMS” — 6LACK
“Crew” — Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” — JAY-Z Featuring Beyoncé
“LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna
“Love Galore” — SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Record Of The Year
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year
Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino
4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)

“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

See the full list of nominees here.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Justine Skye Teams with /Nyden for Clothing Collection

The fashion world is calling Justine Skye. The Brooklyn starlet joins forces with /Nyden to co-create a clothing collection that will launch this fall.

The non-traditional fashion brand is giving Skye the green light to design a line of 15 distinct pieces to her liking. Creative Director of /Nyden Stina Force is excited about Skye incorporating her eye-catching style and artistic vision with their brand.

“Justine’s minimalistic yet extremely colorful personality makes her a perfect tribe leader for /Nyden,” said Force. “It has been so much fun working with Justine and watching her channel one of her many talents – fashion design – into creating playful yet striking clothes for her current and future fans.”

Skye is equally as excited about the partnership with /Nyden. “As an artist, I understand the importance of self-expression. What we wear says a lot about who we are and I’m very excited to team up with /Nyden to design clothing that help people communicate their strength and independence to the world,” said Skye. “/Nyden and I are on the same wavelength. Working together, updating classic styles to be ultra-modern and feminine for the young women of today. This collaboration allows me to be authentic and true to who I am, a creator.”

Skye isn’t new to the fashion industry. She was announced as a brand ambassador for True Religion and PrettyLittleThing last year. She also sported striking outfits on her Ultraviolet Tour to support her debut album under the same name earlier this spring.

To receive updates on Skye’s capsule collection, visit Nyden.com.

Chloe x Halle to Perform at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Chloe x Halle will grace the stage at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards next month. The sister duo is scheduled to take the stage to perform “Warrior” from the A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack. They’ll also promote their debut album The Kids Are Alright with a medley.

Halle shared what inspired them to pen “Warrior” for the Disney film in the April issue of NYLON magazine. “We watched the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, the word that stood out to us was ‘warrior’ And we kind of just wrote a love letter to ourselves as young girls and what we want to be, and it came out to be ‘Warrior,’” said Halle.

Chloe x Halle are also nominated for Best Group at the 2018 BET Awards. Their critically-acclaimed debut album The Kids Are Alright is still receiving rave reviews.

Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, the MTV Movie & TV Awards will air on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

Jamie Foxx to Host 2018 BET Awards

Jamie Foxx will return as the host of the 2018 BET Awards. This will be his second time hosting the BET Awards since 2009.

Foxx joins an A-List roster of comedians who have hosted the ceremony, including Leslie Jones, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.

The Unpredictable singer has a busy year ahead of him. He will star in Lionsgate’s action-adventure Robin Hood, which hits theaters November 21. He is also working on his directorial debut in the upcoming film, All-Star Weekend, which he wrote and stars in.

The 2018 BET Awards nominations were announced last week with Rihanna and SZA among the top nominees. R&B newbies H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar scored their first-ever nominations, including Best New Artist.

The 2018 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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