This year, the Grammy Awards have nominated many talented and deserving artists, across all music genres. The nominees in each of the five Rap categories, along with the artists that Geeks of Color predicts will claim each award, are listed below. Do you agree with our choices? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
Best Rap Performance:
- “Bounce Back” — Big Sean
- “Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B (Winner)
- “4:44” — Jay-Z
- “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
- “Bad And Boujee” — Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert
Bardi was last year’s biggest phenomenon. Fans loved everything about her, from her music to her realness. It should surprise no one when “Bodak Yellow” wins and she walks away with Best Rap Performance.
Best Rap/Sung Performance:
- “PRBLMS” — 6LACK
- “Crew” — Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
- “Family Feud” — Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé
- “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna (Winner)
- “Love Galore” — SZA Featuring Travis Scott
Our guts tell us that hip hop wordsmith Kendrick Lamar and the ever-popular Rihanna will win this award. They both had a great 2017 and their duet on “LOYALTY” was vibey, with too much star power to ignore.
Best Rap Song:
- “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B) (Winner)
- “Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)
- “HUMBLE.” — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
- “Sassy” — Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
- “The Story Of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
We think that Bardi will also win the award for Best Rap Song. Although the other nominees are heavyweights in their own right, “Bodak Yellow” was a monster.
Best Rap Album:
- 4:44 — Jay-Z
- DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar (Winner)
- Culture — Migos
- Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody
- Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator
The boy Kendrick Lamar is likely to snatch the award for Best Rap Album. Damn was simply a work of art, and although Jay-Z’s “4:44” and Rapsody’s “Laila’s Wisdom” were great, Kendrick is on another planet right now. He’ll be rewarded for his efforts.
James Corden, known for his popular television show and viral Carpool Karaoke series, will host this year’s award show, for his second time. It will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT. For viewers with participating cable providers, the show will be available to stream online, via CBS All Access.