Last night the 51st Annual Grammy Awards Nominations were announced with Lil Wayne leading the pack with 8 nominations for Tha Carter III.  Although it's definitely a bummer that The Roots' Rising Down didn't garner any Grammy love this year, ?uestlove, James Poyser, and Richard Nichols will be happy with the three nods to Al Green's latest offering, Lay It Down, which they produced (and big up to our main man Jon Smeltz, award-winning engineer, who is up again this year for Lay It Down).  Other noteworthy noms went to M.I.A. for “Paper Planes” in the Record of the Year category, Estelle's "American Boy" for Song of the Year, and Jazmine Sullivan for Best New Artist.  Grammy nods also went to Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, Raphael Saadiq, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Janelle Monae, and many more.  Of course Jay-Z and Kanye West also got mad love, with a number of nominations each. Congratulations to everyone!  For our short-list of OKP-notable Grammy nominations, follow me after the jump.

Jazmine Sullivan is also up for "Need U Bad" under Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Gnarls Barkley's "Going On" is up for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, and also for The Odd Couple in the category Best Alternative Music Album.  Under Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals we got "Word" by Anthony David feat. India.Aire, "Stay With Me (By The Sea)" by Al Green with John Legend, and "Never Give You Up" by Raphael Saadiq feat. Stevie Wonder.  Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance nominated "You've Got The Love I Need" by Al Green feat. Anthony Hamilton, "Love That Girl" by Raphael Saadiq, and "In Love With Another Man" by Jazmine Sullivan.  Under Best Urban/Alternative Performance we got "Say Goodbye To Love" by Kenna, "Wanna Be" by Maiysha, and "Many Moons" by Janelle Monae.  For Best R&B Song there was "Bust Your Windows" by Jazmine Sullivan and Salaam Remi, and "Customer" by Raheem DeVaughn.  Best R&B Album nominated Lay It Down by Al Green, and The Way I See It by Raphael SaadiqJazmine Sullivan got another nod for Fearless under the Best Contemporary R&B Album category.  Best Rap Solo Performance nominated Lupe Fiasco for "Paris, Tokyo," and Nas for "N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave and the Master)."  Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group nominated Big Boi feat. Raekwon and Andre 3000 for "Royal Flush."  "American Boy" by Estelle feat. Kanye West is up again under Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, as is "Green Light" by John Legend & Andre 3000, and "Superstar" by Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos, which is also up again under Best Rap Song.  Best Rap Album features The Cool by Lupe Fiasco, alongside Jay-Z's American Gangster, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III, Nas by Nas, and Paper Trail by T.I. Finally, Erykah Badu is also up under the category Best Short Form Music Video, where she and fellow director Mr. Roboto, along with producer Megan Gutman, could all win together.


  • Monchichimo

    Isn’t that Lupe Fiasco song ages old? What the hell is it even doing in this year’s Grammys?

  • superspy

    don’t 4get about erykah badu. She was snubed. Honey Viedo nominated for Best Short Form Video.



  • Whogives a fuck about a god damned grammy

    I hate MIA I think she’s one of the worst lyricists ever. That Paper Planes song just has the daftest lines. Hope she loses.


    Paper Planes is a song about stereotypes against immigrants
    educate yourself before you make dumbass conments


    Under Best Urban/Alternative Performance, yall left out WAYNA, Loving You (feat.Kokayi)…DMV let get this crakin!

  • jeff baraka

    I remember when alotta rap acts I liked started losin’ their record deals… which made me realize how out of step my tastes must be from the so-called “mainstream”… having said that, I’m (almost) sure Li’l Wayne’ll win Best Rap Album, cuz his is the only one I haven’t checked for… not a dis, I’m jus sayin’…


  • Mick Shousky

    Best album of the year NAS! Untitled! ANd i said of the year.

  • oneepat

    Nas, nasty Nas the best album of the year what? The Grammys does not recognize real HIP HOP….LOL

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  • happytrees

    nope… superstar was the lead single for the 2008’s the cool. he also got a nod for paris/tokyo.

    not really surprised that the roots and erykah’s superb work was overlooked, but I really can’t believe santogold got no love.


  • dj crossfader

    the cool came out in 2007??????????????????????????????????????????????

  • dj crossfader

    al green produced his best album in absolute years a classic,but for me the best hip hop album of the year was Q-Tip but wait is 2008 up yet? I never understand why these things aint done on the 1st of the year, madlib and black milk deserved a mention too also ill bill (great album) large pro, elzhi people under the stairs, nas, 9th wonder, emc, nicolay, the mighty underdogs, torae, the roots actually if you think about it 2008 was pretty dope just not commercially. and my fave soul record for years Mayer Hawthorne & The County

  • Random Black Guy

    i think “Whogives a fuck about a god damned grammy: ” wrote that comment, as an excuse to use the word “daftest”.
    MIA is the queen, right now…and NOBODY can touch her. she’s too global to be domestic, you know.

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  • dre_penny_dc_nicca

    If Jay doesn’t win album of the year I would be absolutely shocked….TIPs paper trail was a banger too….. Nas album lacked in production variety…. all the songs kinda ran together…solid album though.

  • indiopian

    also NOMINATED is WAYNA feat Kokayi “LOVING YOU” – come on now !! DC stand UP!!