Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jhené Aiko & More Score Big With A Bevy Of 2015 Grammy Nominations

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The Grammys are all but upon us--the itinerary for music's biggest party has arrived. Earlier today the nominations for the 2015 Grammy Awards were announced. The nods for categories like Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap performance, Best R&B Performance and more were loaded with plenty of surprises, as well as sure things.

What do we find most interesting? Kendrick Lamar's "i" will face off against Childish Gambino, Drake and Eminem in the powerhouse Best Rap Performance category and FKA Twigs's "LP" has been put in the running for Best Recording Package. We've done a bit of triage and listed the most relevant hip-hop, and R&B categories below. If it's the full Taylor Swift-heavy list you'd like to peruse, click here.

Best New Artist


Iggy Azalea

Brandy Clark


Sam Smith

Record of the Year

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"

Sia - "Chandelier"

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"

Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off"

Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass"

Song of the Year

Sia - "Chandelier"

Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass"

Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off"

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"

Hozier - "Take Me to Church"

Best Rap Album

Iggy Azalea - The New Classic

Childish Gambino  - Because the Internet

Common  - Nobody's Smiling

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2,

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron,

Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood,

Best Rap Performance

Childish Gambino  - "305"

Drake - "0 to 100/The Catch Up"

Eminem - "Rap God"

Kendrick Lamar - "i"

Lecrae - "All I Need Is You"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Common ft. Jhené Aiko - "Blak Majik"

Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"

I Love Makonnen ft. Drake  - "Tuesday"

ScHoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid  - "Studio"

Kanye West & Charlie Wilson   - "Bound 2"

Best Rap Song

Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda"

Kanye West & Charlie Wilson - "Bound 2"

Kendrick Lamar - "i"

Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz"

Drake - "0 to 100/The Catch Up"

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Jhene Aiko - Sail Out

Beyonce - Beyonce

Chris Brown - X

Mali Music - Mali Is

Pharrell Williams - G I R L

Best Pop Solo Performance

John Legend - "All of Me"

Sia - "Chandelier"

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"

Taylor Swift - "Shake It Off"

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

Best R&B Performance

Beyoncé ft. Jay Z  - "Drunk In Love"

Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross - "New Flame"

Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly  - "It's Your World"

Ledisi  - "Like This"

Usher - "Good Kisser"

Best R&B Song

Beyonce ft. Jay Z  - "Drunk In Love"

Usher - "Good Kisser"

Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross - "New Flame"

Luke James ft. Rick Ross - "Options (Wolfjames Version)"

Jhené Aiko  - "The Worst"

Best R&B Album

Bernhoft - Islander

Aloe Blacc  - Lift Your Spirit

Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage & Divorce

Robert Glasper Experiment  - Black Radio 2

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Give The People What They Want