The GRAMMYs were identified for snubbing Hip Hop and R&B artists in the previous (that is proper, we are nonetheless no longer over Beck-over-Beyonce gate in 2015) however issues took a shocking flip when the 2018 nominations, printed past due ultimate year, noticed no longer most effective JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and SZA lead the whole board of nominees, however a much-needed nod to female rappers – take a bow Cardi B and Rapsody.
Cardi, who had an unforgettable upward push to popularity in 2017, and Rapsody, the protégé and signee of Grammy-winning manufacturer ninth Wonder, may probably make Sunday night time’s rite a historical second for girls in Hip Hop because of their respective nominations.
Both are up for Best Rap Song – Cardi for her report breaking debut unmarried, Bodak Yellow, and Rapsody for Sassy , a track impressed by way of Maya Angelou’s well-known poem, Still I Rise. The latter may be in the Best Rap Album class for her report Laila’s Wisdom, whilst Cardi is in the working for Best Rap Performance. If each win, lets see the first female win for Best Rap Song, the first for Best Rap Performance (since the class was once restructured), and the second-ever girl to win Best Rap Album – an award most effective in the past gained by way of Lauryn Hill for the iconic, The Fugees, in 1997.
Despite being invented 20 years in the past, the Best Rap Album class has remained female-free, except Lauryn Hill’s aforementioned win. Meanwhile female winners of the Best Rap Song class have incorporated Alicia Keys (on JAY-Z’s Empire State of Mind) and Rihanna (on JAY-Z’s Run This Town) – do you notice a theme right here?
The GRAMMYs did, then again, give mythical Missy Elliot the recognition she deserved in the Best Rap Performance class in the early noughties when she gained the in the past segregated all-female class in 2003 and 2004. Queen Latifah is the most effective different girl to have gained whilst the class was once nonetheless break up by way of gender in 1995. So, will 2018 be the year that adjustments all of it? It may simply.
Cardi B has already confirmed that she’s a drive to be reckoned with having ruled the charts and damaged information in spite of her rookie standing. In reality, she must have won a place in the Best New Artist class purely for her explosive arise, let on my own anything.
Rapsody, on the different hand, is not a newcomer. The North Carolina lyricist, born Marianna Evans, has been in the business since the past due 2000s. She was once in the beginning a member of the staff Kooley High prior to signing with ninth Wonder and bagging a control take care of JAY-Z’s powerhouse corporate Roc Nation. And with tune critics (in addition to the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper and Common) all praising her astute lyrical skill, she’s a robust contender.
No subject what occurs, we are rooting for you women!
The 60th annual Grammy Awards happen on Sunday 28 January 2018 at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. See the complete listing of nominations and performers right here.