The hip-hop, which reigned supreme as the most streaming genre of music for some time, has had a long relationship with the Grammy Awards. There were boycotts and verb shots shot in response to the lack of love that culture experienced in The Recording Academy. Although the closing of the diva of Jay-Z and R & B SZA at the 2018 Grammy Awards may have further complicated this relationship, the commission has implemented some #NewRules
Moreover, it would not be bad if the undeniable predominance of rap music was better reflected in the Grammy nominations of 2019 for the main categories like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year Year and best new artist. Today (December 7th), the 2018 Grammy Awards nominations are announced. XXL gives an insight into the possible contenders of the Grammy's hip-hop for the gold.
Drake spent much of the year on top of almost all the music charts that can be imagined. Cozily perched on top of the musical game, made sure that his presence was perceived with a bevy of flashy guest appearances, as well as with his record scorpion that could be considered for Gramophone of the album of the year. A trio of songs n. 1 of Drizzy, including "In My Feelings" and "Nice For What", could end up contending in the categories of the best tracks.
Cardi B may not be suitable for a better new artist nomination, but this should not prevent it from accumulating in other categories. After closing his first two Grammy awards for mega success, "Bodak Yellow", the Bronx native has established himself as more than one wonder at a stroke. The success of his debut on Invasion of Privacy could garner his well-deserved Grammy love.
New son on the block Juice Wrld had a leap year. The rapper's debut album, singer and songwriter of gold songs, Goodbye & Good Riddance as well as his single multi-platinum "Lucid Dreams" should be enough for the native of Chi-Town to appear on the Grammys' radar for consideration in the Best New Artist category.
Rivals Drake and GOOD Music crew members Kanye West and Pusha-T could face in the fight for Best Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, together with J. Cole Migos Post Malone and Nicki Minaj who could also compete with an enemy in these rap-centric categories. In a year full of beef, love conquered it all for The Carters who should easily get a nomination for Best rap / Sung film, thanks to their joint effort,  Love Is Everything .
Returning to the west coast after this year's New York trip, the Grammys will return home for 2019. Scheduled for the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 61st annual awards show is aired on Sun., February 10th at 8pm on CBS.
The nominations will be unveiled today at 8:30 am. If you want to know which hip-hop stars will have to prepare their acceptance speeches for the Biggest Night of Music, stay tuned to XXL for updates as each category is unveiled. The full list of the 2019 Grammy Awards nominations will be here .
2019 Grammy Awards Nominees
Record of the Year
(This award goes to the Artist, the producer (s), engineer (s) of recording and / or mixer (s) and mastering (s) ), if different from the artist.)
Album of the year
(Award to artists and artists in the foreground (s), Songwriter (s) of new material, Producer (s), Recording Engineer (s), Mixer (s) and Mastering Engine (s) credited with at least 33% of the playing time of the album, if different from the artist.)
Song of the Year  (A Songwriter Award.) A song is suitable if it was released for the first time or if it was first raised during the year of eligibility (the names of the artists appear in brackets).)
Best New Artist
Best Urban Contemporary Album
(For albums containing at least 51% of play time of derivations of recently recorded contemporary vocal tracks of R & B.)
B est R & B Album
(For albums containing at least 51% of playing time of new R & B recordings)
Best Rap Performance (For a rap performance, single or tracks only.)
Best Rap / Sung Performance  (For a solo or collaborative performance containing both the elements of R & B melodies and rap.)
Best Rap Song
(A song must contain music and text and must be a new song or song before getting prominence during the year of eligibility. (The names of the artists appear in brackets.))
Best album Rap
Best R & B traditional
Best recording album
Producer of the year, not classic
Best music video
Best Music Film
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