Exploring The Rap Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the Rap Field categories for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Drake and Lil Wayne
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    Jay-Z and Kanye West
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    Rihanna and Jay-Z
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    Lupe Fiasco
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    Ludacris
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    John Legend
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    Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg
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    Frank Ocean
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    Miguel
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    Nas
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    2 Chainz
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    Big Sean
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    Flo Rida
February 07, 2013 -- 12:50 pm PST
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You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Rap Field categories for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

This year's rap nominees span GRAMMY veterans and those looking to win their first GRAMMY statue. Three of this year's artists — Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and Kanye West — are among the top nominees overall, with six nominations each. Jay-Z and West return with nominations from their collaborative effort, last year's Best Rap Album nominee Watch The Throne. Additional nominated collaborations include Drake and Lil Wayne, Flo Rida and Sia, Nas and the late Amy Winehouse, and John Legend and Ludacris, among others. A troop of new voices also made the cut, including Ocean, who is also up for Best New Artist, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Australian vocalist Sia.

Best Rap Performance

Drake Featuring Lil Wayne, "HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)"

Drake is up for three nominations this year. He has 10 prior GRAMMY nominations. Lil Wayne is up for two nominations this year. He has 18 prior GRAMMY nominations and four GRAMMY wins.

Jay-Z & Kanye West, "N****s In Paris"

Jay-Z is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 14 prior GRAMMY wins. West is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 18 prior GRAMMY wins.

Nas, "Daughters"

Nas is up for four nominations this year. He has nine prior GRAMMY nominations.

Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz, "Mercy"

West is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 18 prior GRAMMY wins. Big Sean is up for two nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career. Pusha T is up for two nominations this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination. 2 Chainz is up for three nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career.

Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000, "I Do"

Young Jeezy is up for one nomination this year. He has three prior GRAMMY nominations. Jay-Z is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 14 prior GRAMMY wins. André 3000 is up for two nominations this year. He has 20 prior GRAMMY nominations and six prior GRAMMY wins with OutKast.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Flo Rida Featuring Sia, "Wild Ones"

Flo Rida is up for one nomination this year. He has four prior GRAMMY nominations. Sia is up for one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of her career.

Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream, "No Church In The Wild"

Jay-Z is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 14 prior GRAMMY wins. West is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 18 prior GRAMMY wins. Ocean is up for six nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career. The-Dream is up for two nominations this year. He has eight prior GRAMMY nominations and three prior GRAMMY wins.

John Legend Featuring Ludacris, "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"

Legend is up for one nomination this year. He has 20 prior GRAMMY nominations and nine prior GRAMMY wins. Ludacris is up for one nomination this year. He has 19 prior GRAMMY nominations and three prior GRAMMY wins.

Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse, "Cherry Wine"

Nas is up for four nominations this year. He has nine prior GRAMMY nominations. The late Winehouse is up for one nomination this year. She has seven prior GRAMMY nominations and six prior GRAMMY wins.

Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z, "Talk That Talk"

Rihanna is up for three nominations this year. She has 18 prior GRAMMY nominations and five prior GRAMMY wins. Jay-Z is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 14 prior GRAMMY wins.

Best Rap Song

Nas, "Daughters" (Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Nasir Jones, Paul Leka, & Ernest Wilson, songwriters)

Nas is up for four nominations this year. He has nine prior GRAMMY nominations. Wilson is up for one nomination this year. He has two prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win. Adams, DeCarlo, Frashuer, are Leka are up for one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their careers.

Wale Featuring Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb" (Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriters)

Miguel is up for five nominations this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination. Wale, Dew, Howard, Johnson are up for one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of their careers.

Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz, "Mercy" (Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West, songwriters)

West is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 18 prior GRAMMY wins. 2 Chainz is up for three nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career. Pusha T is up for two nominations this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination. Big Sean is up for two nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career. Taft and Thomas are up for one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of their careers.

Drake Featuring Lil Wayne, "The Motto" (Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams)

Drake is up for three nominations this year. He has 10 prior GRAMMY nominations. Lil Wayne is up for two nominations this year. He has 18 prior GRAMMY nominations and four GRAMMY wins. Tyler Williams is up for one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Jay-Z & Kanye West, "N****s In Paris" (Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West)

Jay-Z is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 14 prior GRAMMY wins. West is up for six nominations this year. He has 46 prior GRAMMY nominations and 18 prior GRAMMY wins. Dean is up for one nomination this year. He has five prior GRAMMY nominations and four prior GRAMMY wins. Hollis is up for one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars, "Young, Wild & Free" (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Peter Hernandez, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, Philip Lawrence, N. Lee, Ari Levine, M. Newman, & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters)

Wiz Khalifa is up for two GRAMMY nominations this year. He has two prior GRAMMY nominations. Bluechel is up for one nomination this year. He has six prior GRAMMY nominations. Brown is up for one nomination this year. He has two prior GRAMMY nominations. Snoop Dogg is up for one nomination this year. He has 13 prior GRAMMY nominations. Borrow, Hernandez, Griffin, Jackson, Lee, and Newman, are up for one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of their careers.

Best Rap Album

Drake, Take Care

Drake is up for three nominations this year. He has 10 prior GRAMMY nominations.

Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

Lupe Fiasco is up for one nomination this year. He has 11 prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win.

Nas, Life Is Good

Nas is up for four nominations this year. He has nine prior GRAMMY nominations.

The Roots, Undun

The Roots are up for one nomination this year. They have 13 prior GRAMMY nominations and three prior GRAMMY wins.

Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don't

Rick Ross is up for one nomination this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

2 Chainz, Based On A T.R.U. Story

2 Chainz is up for three nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career.

Who will take home the awards in the Rap Field categories? Tune in to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). (Note: The videos embedded reflect official videos available through official artist and record label channels.)

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