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Vibe Out With The Best Rap Album Nominations | 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show

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Vibe Out With The Best Rap Album Nominations | 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show

J. Cole, Nas, Tyler, the Creator, and Kanye West are nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show

GRAMMYs/Dec 9, 2021 - 03:40 am

While the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show don't take place until next year, the nominations for Best Rap Album are here. This year's eclectic mix of nominees features many past GRAMMY winners, including Kanye West, who won the category at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012 for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; Tyler, The Creator, who won in 2020 for Igor; and Nas, who won in 2021 for King's Disease.

The Best Rap Album category awards albums "containing at least 51% playing time of tracks with newly recorded rapped performances"; producers, engineers, and the artists themselves can receive the award.

Ahead of the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, which takes place Mon, Jan. 31, GRAMMY.com is breaking down this year's nominated albums and artists in the Best Rap Album category below.

Editor's Note: Previously nominated in the Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance categories, Drake has withdrawn his nomination at the 64th GRAMMY Awards.

The Off-SeasonJ. Cole

Released in May, J. Cole's sixth studio album found the rapper charting newish territory. After three acclaimed albums with, famously, no features, Cole — a 12-time GRAMMY nominee and one-time winner — invited a bevy of collaborators into the studio for The Off-Season, including Lil Baby, 6LACK and 21 Savage. Yet, despite the switch-up, Cole found just as much success as with his previous releases.

The Off-Season reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his sixth consecutive chart-topping album. Four of the album's tracks debuted in the Top 10, including the single "My Life," a collaboration with 21 Savage and Morray, which reached No. 2, and "Amari," which reached No. 5.

Revenge of the Dreamers III, Cole's 2019 Dreamville compilation album, was also nominated for Best Rap Album; he won the GRAMMY for Best Rap Song for "A Lot," his collaboration with 21 Savage, in 2020.

King's Disease II — Nas

Can he do it again?

A prolific artist in the '90s and 2000s, Nas took extended breaks between albums in the late aughts and 2010s before releasing Nasir in 2018. Two years later, he dropped the critically acclaimed King's Disease. After landing 14 GRAMMY nominations across his three-decade career, Nas nabbed his first-ever GRAMMY win, for Best Rap Album, with ​​King's Disease at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards in March.

King's Disease II, the album's follow-up released this summer, is a jubilant return to form for Nas. Featuring show-stopping collaborations with beloved rap stars like Eminem and Ms. Lauryn Hill, it completes the story of vulnerability first heard on King's Disease.

The album had Nas so excited, he even took to the streets to hand out copies. "ALBUM GOT ME OUT HERE ACTING LIKE A BOOTLEGGER IN 2004," he wrote on an Instagram video post.

Call Me If You Get Lost — Tyler, The Creator

On his sixth studio album, Tyler, the Creator continued to push the boundaries of rap like he did on his GRAMMY-winning Igor. Featuring artists like Ty Dolla Sign, 42 Dugg, Lil Uzi Vert, and Pharrell Williams, among many others, Call Me If You Get Lost leaned into more unusual stylistic elements like jazz, soul, synth-pop, and reggae.

Narrated by DJ Drama, the album introduces the character "Tyler Baudelaire," as he explores an abundant new lifestyle. In an interview with artist Tyler Mitchell on Vogue.com, Tyler said Call Me If You Get Lost was an attempt to play into the "new money" and "new lifestyle" tropes he's seen through other artists. "I want to listen to hard-ass rap, but like, I want to do it in my way. I want to flex about traveling and eating this and doing that, and that's what it is," he told Mitchell.

Call Me If You Get Lost debuted at No. 1, Tyler's second chart-topping album; it follows his 2019 album, Igor, which won the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album at the ​​62nd GRAMMY Awards in 2020, marking Tyler's first-ever GRAMMY win.

Donda — Kanye West

After much fanfare and many delays, Kanye West released Donda, his 10th solo album, in late August. Originally set to drop in 2020 under the title God's Country, Donda underwent massive changes all the way up to the final moments before its official release.

West hosted three listening events for fans and celebrities alike in Atlanta and Chicago prior to the album's release, fueling more anticipation for the project. After his listening party at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in July, West took temporary residence in a locker room in the stadium to make final adjustments and recordings to the record alongside fellow producer Mike Dean.

Donda, which hit No. 1 upon its release, featured a number of collaborators, including Jay-Z, Lil Baby, the Weeknd, Playboi Carti, and West's Sunday Service Choir. In addition to featuring hip-hop, trap and drill elements, Donda also incorporated elements of gospel, as previously heard on West's groundbreaking 2019 album, Jesus Is King.

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Pusha T Announces Daytona Tour, Drops "If You Know You Know" Video

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Pusha T Announces Daytona Tour, Drops "If You Know You Know" Video

The rapper will hit the road across the U.S. in support of his recently released, Kanye West-produced album

GRAMMYs/Jun 21, 2018 - 06:04 pm

Pusha T has officially announced dates for his 2018 Daytona Tour. The Former Clipse rapper will hit the road for a 22-date U.S. tour in support the Kanye West-produced album launching in Denver on July 21 and wrapping up in Oakland, Calif. on Oct. 13. In addition to the tour announcement, Pusha also dropped a video for the lead-off track from Daytona, "If You Know You Know," directed by Shomi Patwary.  

The 2018 Daytona Tour will make stops in Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and more. The Bronx-born rapper will bring along Valee and Sheck Wes as opening acts.

Daytona was released on May 25 as the first project of Kanye West's "Wyoming Sessions." Four of the album's songs have cracked the Billboard Hot 100 including "Infrared," "If You Know You Know," "The Games We Play," and "What Would Meek Do" featuring West. The album also debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

A full list of dates for the 2018 Daytona Tour, along with ticket information, can be found via LiveNation's website.

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Travis Scott Drops "Watch" Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West

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Travis Scott Drops "Watch" Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West

The GRAMMY-nominated rapper returns with a new single boasting two high-profile features

GRAMMYs/May 4, 2018 - 06:20 pm

Houston-born rapper Travis Scott capped off a busy week by releasing a new single on May 4, "Watch," featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West. The song's intro references Scott's forthcoming album, Astroworld, which will be his third studio album.

Earlier this week, Scott appeared on Playboi Carti's "Love Hurts," delivering a guest verse for the rapper's return from a relatively quiet year since releasing his debut mixtape last April.

Lil Uzi is coming off two GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for his 2017 hit "Bad And Bougee."

West has a large menu of upcoming releases slated for late May and June, including his eighth studio album plus pulling production duty on new albums by Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and a collab with fellow GRAMMY-winner Kid Cudi.

Scott's summer will include several big festival appearances, starting with his May 13 performance at Miami's Rolling Loud Festival. The GRAMMY-nominated rapper will also appear at Governors Ball in New York City, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Hard Festival in Pomona, Calif., and Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas. As of yet, no release date for Astroworld has been announced.

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Recordings By Janet Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Odetta & More Inducted Into The National Recording Registry

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Recordings By Janet Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Odetta & More Inducted Into The National Recording Registry

Selections by Albert King, Labelle, Connie Smith, Nas, Jackson Browne, Pat Metheny, Kermit the Frog and others have also been marked for federal preservation

GRAMMYs/Mar 25, 2021 - 02:37 am

The Librarian of Congress Carla Haden has named 25 new inductees into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. They include Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation 1814,” Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection” and more.

“The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement. “We received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry, and we welcome the public’s input as the Library of Congress and its partners preserve the diverse sounds of history and culture.”

The National Recording Preservation Board is an advisory board consisting of professional organizations and experts who aim to preserve important recorded sounds. The Recording Academy is involved on a voting level. The 25 new entries bring the number of musical titles on the registry to 575; the entire sound collection includes nearly 3 million titles. Check out the full list of new inductees below:

National Recording Registry Selections for 2020

  1. Edison’s “St. Louis tinfoil” recording (1878)

  2. “Nikolina” — Hjalmar Peterson (1917) (single)

  3. “Smyrneikos Balos” — Marika Papagika (1928) (single)

  4. “When the Saints Go Marching In” — Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra (1938) (single)

  5. Christmas Eve Broadcast--Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill (December 24, 1941)

  6. “The Guiding Light” — Nov. 22, 1945

  7. “Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues” — Odetta (1957) (album)

  8. “Lord, Keep Me Day by Day” — Albertina Walker and the Caravans (1959) (single)  

  9. Roger Maris hits his 61st homerun (October 1, 1961)

  10. “Aida” — Leontyne Price, et.al. (1962) (album)

  11. “Once a Day” — Connie Smith (1964) (single)

  12. “Born Under a Bad Sign” — Albert King (1967) (album)

  13. “Free to Be…You & Me” — Marlo Thomas and Friends (1972) (album)

  14. “The Harder They Come” — Jimmy Cliff (1972) (album)

  15. “Lady Marmalade” — Labelle (1974) (single)

  16. “Late for the Sky” — Jackson Browne (1974) (album)

  17. “Bright Size Life” — Pat Metheny (1976) (album)

  18. “The Rainbow Connection” — Kermit the Frog (1979) (single)

  19. “Celebration” — Kool & the Gang (1980) (single)

  20. “Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs” — Jessye Norman (1983) (album)

  21. “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” — Janet Jackson (1989) (album)

  22. “Partners” — Flaco Jiménez (1992) (album)

  23. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”/”What A Wonderful World” — Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (1993) (single)

  24. “Illmatic” — Nas (1994) (album)

  25. “This American Life: The Giant Pool of Money” (May 9, 2008)

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FYI/TMI: Stars Come Together For Hurricane Sandy, Justin Bieber Breaks The Law

Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney among performers for Sandy benefit; Bieber gets ticketed in L.A.

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)

FYI …

More Stars Come Together For Hurricane Sandy
GRAMMY winners Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Kanye West, and legendary rockers Roger Waters and the Who will perform at a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy on Dec. 12 in New York. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid hurricane victims.

SoundExchange Reports 3Q Royalty Payments
Performance rights organization SoundExchange distributed $122.5 million in royalty payments during the third quarter of 2012, marking the organization's largest quarterly payout since its founding in 2000, according to Billboard.biz. SoundExchange has distributed $326.9 million in performance royalties for the year to date, bringing the organization's grand payout total to $1.2 billion since 2000.

TMI …

Bieber Breaks The Law
As if Justin Bieber's recent trouble in love wasn't hard enough for the 18-year-old, the teen pop sensation has now run into some trouble with law enforcement. Bieber was ticketed by Los Angeles police on Nov. 13 after he was pulled over in his Ferrari in West Hollywood, Calif., for making an unsafe left turn. On top of that, cops found his registration was expired. Hopefully now there's one less unsafe driver on the road.