By Carla St. Louis

This year’s Grammy Awards will resemble an MTV Awards and BET Awards mash-up. Why? The venue features nominations from some of the hottest artists in R&B and hip-hop including but not limited to Janelle Monae, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Ne-Yo, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Pusha T, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, and much more.

For a listing of categories featuring R&B singers and rappers, read below:


Song of the Year: “We Are Young” by Fun. ft. Janelle Monáe

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “We Are Young” by Fun ft. Janelle Monae

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Payphone” by Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa

Best Dance Recording: “Lets Go” by Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo


Best R&B Performance:

  1. “Thank You,” Estelle
  2. “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.),” Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Ledisi
  3. “I Want You,” Luke James
  4. “Adorn,” Miguel
  5. “Climax,” Usher


Best Traditional R&B Performance:

  1. “Lately,” Anita Baker
  2. “Love On Top,” Beyonce
  3. “Wrong Side Of A Love Song,” Melanie Fiona
  4. “Real Good Hands,” Gregory Porter
  5. “If Only You Knew,” SWV


Best R&B Song: 

  1. “Adorn,” Miguel
  2. “Beautiful Surprise,” Tamia
  3. “Heart Attack,” Trey Songz
  4. “Pray For Me,” Anthony Hamilton
  5. “Refill,” Elle Varner


Best Urban Contemporary Album:

  1. Fortune, Chris Brown
  2. Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel
  3. Channel Orange, Frank Ocean


Best R&B Album:

  1. Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
  2. Back To LoveAnthony Hamilton
  3. Write Me Back, R. Kelly
  4. Beautiful Surprise, Tamia
  5. Open Invitation, Tyrese


Best Rap Performance

  1. “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right),” Drake ft. Lil’ Wayne
  2. “Niggas In Paris,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
  3. “Daughters,” Nas
  4. “Mercy,” Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
  5. “I Do,” Young Jeezy ft. Jay-Z & André 3000


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  1. “Wild Ones, Flo Rida ft. Sia
  2. “No Church In The Wild,” Jay-Z & Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean & The-Dream
  3. “Tonight (Best You Ever Had),” John Legend ft. Ludacris
  4. “Cherry Wine,” Nas ft. Amy Winehouse
  5. “Talk That Talk,” Rihanna ft. Jay-Z


Best Rap Song:

  1. “Daughters, Nas
  2. “Lotus Flower Bomb,” Wale ft. Miguel
  3. “Mercy,” Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
  4. “The Motto,” Drake ft. Lil’ Wayne
  5. “Niggas In Paris,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
  6. “Young, Wild & Free,” Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars


Best Rap Album:

  1. Take Care, Drake
  2. Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco
  3. Life Is Good, Nas
  4. Undun, The Roots
  5.  God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross
  6. Based On A T.R.U. Story, 2 Chainz

The Grammy Awards air this Sunday, February 10 on CBS at 8 pm.

Source: Grammy