The 2020 GRAMMY nominations have been announced and there are some well-deserving nominees. Most of the nominees in the Rap category are slightly new to the game and had a break out year. For others, it was time to be recognized for their creativity. Almost all the songs that were nominated impacted 2019 in some way and made a big hit, which makes it difficult to choose one to root for.
The founder of Dreamville, J. Cole, falls on every category in the Rap section. He has been nominated for his solo projects and with his team. Cole is known for creating quality, timeless music with lyrical raps and no features on his solo projects. He has been nominated in previous years but hasn’t won yet. The North Carolina raised rapper is due for the recognition and this time around he came for it all with his team.
The Dreamville squad has been nominated for best rap album for Revenge of The Dreamers III, which brought together several artists outside of Dreamville to create on a competitive level. Some of them include Dreezy, DaBaby, and Reason from TDE to name a few. The artists took to social media to show their excitement and reactions to the news.
Just when I thought this week couldn’t get no better I woke up finding out we GRAMMY NOMINATED!!! The blessings just keep pouring in!
— Cozz (@cody_macc) November 20, 2019
win lose or draw we brought so many talented, humble, and deserving creatives together. that is the ultimate win. https://t.co/LovtZDMEB4
— Bas (@Bas) November 20, 2019
I WOKE UP A Grammy Nominated Artist!!! Thank you God thank you @Dreamville
— 💎 BIG OG DREEZ (@dreezydreezy) November 20, 2019
DaBaby has also had a good year and lands two nominations for best rap performance and best rap song for “Suge.” His recent video for “BOP on Broadway” has everyone feeling the vibe and loving the dance moves from the rapper. The Charlotte native’s album KIRK was released late September and shined a light on the artist.
For some of the other breaking artists, such as Lil Nas X who received six nominations in several categories including record of the year and new artist of the year. His hit single “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus was a crossover between Country and Hip Hop, which made it a hit in 2019.
The Rap category itself seems like it’s going to be a close one for all the subcategories. Check out the nominees below and for the full list head to the GRAMMY’s Site.
For Best Rap Performance: J. Cole with “Middle Child,” DaBaby with “Suge,” Dreamville with “Down Bad,” Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy with “Racks in the Middle,” and Offset featuring Cardi B with “Clout.”
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Higher” by DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend, “Drip Too Hard” by Lil Baby and Gunna, “Panini” by Lil Nas X, “Ballin” by Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch and “The London” by Young Thug featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott.
Best Rap Song (Songwriters Award): “Bad Idea” by YBN Cordae Featuring Chance The Rapper, “Gold Roses” by Rick Ross featuring Drake, “A Lot” by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “Racks In the Middle” by Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Rich and Hit-Boy, and “Suge” by DaBaby.
Best Rap Album: Revenge of The Dreamers III by Dreamville, Championships by Meek Mill, I Am> I Was by 21 Savage, IGOR by Tyler, The Creator, and The Lost Boy by YBN Cordae.