De La Soul Make History With The 1st Hip-Hop Crowdfunded Album Nominated For A Grammy

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The nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards have been announced. Taking place on February 12, 2017, these awards appear to have historic implications, especially for Hip-Hop Heads of multiple generations and eras.

Perhaps most notably, De La Soul is nominated for “Rap Album Of The Year” for their August release, and the Anonymous Nobody. Funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign in 2015, the would-be A.O.I. Records release originally sought $110,000 and reached over $600,000. De La’s first album in 12 years features contemporaries such as Pete Rock and Snoop Dogg, as well as Usher, David Byrne (The Talking Heads), 2 Chainz, and Roc Marciano. Previously, De La earned a Grammy trophy in 2006 through their work with The Gorillaz on “Feel Good Inc.” This is believed to be the first Hip-Hop crowd-funded album to be nominated for a major Grammy Award. In 2016, Descendants of Hill Country, another crowd-funded project, was nominated for Best Blues Album.

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De La will face off against Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book (both stream-only releases), in addition to Drake’s Views, DJ Khaled’s Major Key, and ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP. Q, Khaled, and Chance have never previously won awards. ScHoolboy and the We The Best DJ have both been previously nominated, while Drake and ‘Ye have been huge Grammy winners in the 2000s. Chance’s album achieves the distinction of being up for the prestigious award (among several) without ever being for sale.


Chance, Kanye, and Drake are contenders in “Best Rap Song” for “No Problem” (with 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne) “Famous”/“Ultralight Beam,” and “Hotline Bling,” respectively. Also in the running is Fat Joe & Remy Ma’s reunion single “All The Way Up.” Like Fat Joe, Remy has been previously nominated but never won a Grammy trophy. “Famous” attaches Rihanna as a collaborator, while “Ultralight Beam” involves Chance, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream.

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“Best Rap Performance” includes “All The Way Up,” as well as Desiigner’s “Panda,” ScHoolboy and Kanye’s “That Part,” Drake and The Throne’s “Pop Style,” and Chance’s “No Problem.”

In the “Best New Artist” category, Anderson .Paak and Chance The Rapper compete against The Chainsmokers, Maren Morris, and Kelsea Ballerini.

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.Paak, who released Malibu before signing to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment will see his Empire release compete in the “Best Urban Contemporary Album” field against high-profile releases by Beyoncé and Rihanna, as well as KING’s We Are King and Gallant’s Ology.

After being nominated for 11 Grammy Awards last year, and winning 5, Kendrick Lamar’s lone nomination comes in the “Best Rap/Sung Performance” field—care of Beyoncé. In addition to “Freedom,” D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty’s “Broccoli,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” and the two Kanye songs nominated for “Best Song.”

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On the night’s biggest stage, Drake’s Views competes with Beyoncé’s Lemonade for “Album Of The Year.” The two will also face Justin Bieber’s Purpose, Adele’s 25, and Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth.

Here is a list of key nominees, and you can find the full list here:

Album Of The Year:

25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:

“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:

“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best Rap Album:
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
Major Key — DJ Khaled
Views — Drake
Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo — Kanye West

Best Rap Performance:

“No Problem” — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
“Panda” —Desiigner
“Pop Style” — Drake Featuring The Throne
“All The Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
“That Part” — ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

“Freedom” — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Hotline Bling” — Drake
“Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
“Famous” — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:

“All The Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
“Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
“No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
“Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best R&B Performance:

“Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ The Chicago Kid
“Permission” — Ro James
“I Do” — Musiq Soulchild
“Needed Me” — Rihanna
“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

“The Three Of Me” — William Bell
“Woman’s World” — BJ The Chicago Kid
“Sleeping With The One I Love” — Fantasia
“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway
“Can’t Wait” — Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:

“Come and See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
“Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
“Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology — Gallant
We Are King — KING
Malibu — Anderson .Paak
Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:

In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
Healing Season — Mint Condition
Smoove Jones — Mya

Best Pop Vocal Album:

25 — Adele
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident — Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Hello” — Adele
“Hold Up” — Beyonce
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber
“Piece By Piece (Idol Version)” — Kelly Clarkson
“Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Closer” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Best New Artist:

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak