Grammy nominations are trickling in and some of our favorite artists have been nominated to receive the most prestigious award in music.
Beyoncé is leading with four nominations Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Music Film for Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run.
Pharrell Williams has earned three nominations: Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video for his hit song “Happy,” and a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, along with Chris Brown and Beyoncé.
Newcomers Mali Music and Jhené Aiko each snagged their first nominations, both for Best Urban Contemporary Album. This is also the first Grammy nomination for comedian-turned-rapper Donald Glover—better known as Childish Gambino—who is nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance alongside Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lecrae, and Eminem.
This is also the first nomination for Aloe Blacc, who’s nominated for Best R&B Album, sharing the category with Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, and Toni Braxton and Babyface.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has joined nominees in the Best Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on “Bang Bang.” She also earned a nomination for Best Rap Song for her controversial hit “Anaconda,” the only female rapper in the category with Kanye West, Wiz Kalifa, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. Schoolboy Q and Common were each nominated for Best Rap Album with Wiz Kalifa, Eminem, Childish Gambino, and Iggy Azalea.
John Legend’s hit record “All of Me” received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance. In addition, Ziggy Marley and Sean Paul received nominations for Best Reggae Album.
Lil Jon joins Pharell in the Best Music Video category for his party hit “Turn Down For What.” Gospel artists Erica Campbell, William McDowell, Smokie Norful, and Ricky Dillard & New G each earned a nomination for Best Gospel Album.
ESSENCE Fest alums Charlie Wilson and Mary J. Blige were both featured on Grammy nominated songs, “F for You” and “Bound 2” respectively. And the Acadamy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom also earned a nomination for Best Music Film.
Congratulations to all the nominees! Check back in for more on the Grammy Awards nominations.