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Beyoncé Leads the Pack at 2015 Grammys

Other R&B and hip-hop artists well represented

The 2015 Grammy Awards are upon us, and guess who has been nominated more than any other artist? That’s right, Ms. “7/11” herself – Beyoncé.  She’s probably spinning, spinning, spinning with her hands up right now.  (“I know you care!”).  Or she’s just taking it in stride.  After all, Beyoncé has now become the most nominated female in the history of the awards (52 noms / 17 wins) – even beating out Ms. Dolly Parton herself.  This year, Yoncé’s up for 6 Grammys.  Now the only questions are how many will she take home on February 8th, and will she storm the stage with a full rendition of Beyoncé like she did at the MTV Awards?

Beyoncé’s Mantelpiece

Queen Bee is up for Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance (“Drunk In Love” ), Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Surround Sound Album, Best Music Film (“On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z”), and the the nomination for the most coveted award of the night, Album of the Year (Beyoncé).  She battles Ed Sheeran, Beck, Pharrell and Sam Smith  – the other leader in the pack. This British newbie soul singer is a Grammy darling who is up for a hefty five awards himself.

Best Rap Album

In other news, rapper Iggy Azalea is nominated for Best New Artist and Record of the Year for “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX.  Ms. Azalea is also up for hip-hop’s finest, Best Rap Album for The New Classic.  If she wins, she’ll become the first woman, besides Lauryn Hill in 1997’s The Score by The Fugees, to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album.  Her being a white woman to do this in a predominantly black culture is, of course, the big white elephant in the room.  Iggy competes with Childish Gambino (aka Troy on Community)for because the internet, Common for Nobody’s Smiling,  Eminem for The Marshall Mathers LP2, Schoolboy Q for Oxymoron, and Wiz Khalifa for Blacc Hollywood.

Best Rap Performance & Best Rap Song

As for Best Rap Performance we have Eminem ( “Rap God”),  Drake (“0 to 100 / The Catch  Up”),  Kendrick Lamar (“I”), Childish Gambino (“3005”), and Lecrae (“All I Need Is You”).  Best Rap Song? Nicki Minaj’s bootie did her big props this year!  She’s up for (“Anaconda”), Kanye West (“Bound 2”), Wiz Khalifah (“We Dem Boyz”), and Drake and Kendrick Lamar again for the aforementioned.

And The Rest Of Them…

Other big nominees of the night are John Legend (“All Of Me”), which we saw coming.  The effervescent Pharell Williams is no snooze either. (“Happy”) and that G I R L album got him the nod from the Grammy Gods – which we saw coming too.  Chris Brown’s ode to Rihanna, X, garnered noms, as did Usher’s “Good Kisser,” Ledisi’s “Like This,” Jennifer Hudson and R.Kelly’s “It’s Your World,”Jhené  Aiko’s “The Worst” and her album Sail Out,  as well as that dynamic girl power group, Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for “Bang Bang.” And with that said, we’re off to the races.

The Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th.  For a full list of the nominees please go to www.grammy.com or click here.


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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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