Why Is K. Michelle Mad?! 10 Thoughts About The 2013 Grammy Nominations

December 9, 2013  |  
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This past weekend, this year’s Grammy nominations were announced and as always there were some surprises, some injustices and some people, who perhaps, got too much love. And as always there were scorned artists taking to Twitter to express their outrage. Here are 10 of our thoughts regarding some of 2013 Grammy nominations.

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How did TGT get on the list?

No shade but we are honestly surprised. Not because these men can’t sing..individually but collectively TGT has been struggling quite a bit since they’ve reemerged as the R&B supergroup. Ginuwine was my girlhood crush so believe me it hurts me to say that. But with embarrassing live performances , Ginuwine’s drunken tweets, Tyrese passing out in the club and an album that many of described as sub-par, it’s surprising that they made the cut. I’m happy for them though…just shocked.


No J- Cole?!

Am I the only one truly heartbroken by the fact that J-Cole’s album Born Sinner wasn’t nominated for Best Rap album? I’m too sad about that. Instead, Yeezus was in the running when many would agree that the album is certainly not the best out. They either should have added more options for this category or they should have just been real and taken Kanye off the list. Born Sinner was awesome. Ahhh…at least “Power Trip” with Miguel was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collabo.

K. Michelle’s Mad 

When you look at the list of nominees for R&B, Rap, Pop and Urban music at the end of this article, you’ll notice that K. Michelle’s name is not on it. And apparently she felt some type of way. She took to Twitter to express her frustrations. While I understand it can be frustrating to work so hard for something and not be recognized on the highest level, I’m sure it has very little, if anything, to do with the fact she’s a “little black girl” who speaks her mind. Perhaps K. Michelle is unaware that her image in the public eye is less “little black girl” and more “ratchet, table shaking, candle throwing, instigating reality star.”


Just like J Cole said, “I asked if my skin pale would I then sell like Eminem or Adele?” Apparently, he can add Macklemore to the list. I get it he had some very catchy songs (“Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us”) this year and he certainly made some profound statements with “Same Love” and speaking about Trayvon Martin at the American Music Awards but I’m wondering if his talents really warranted seven Grammy nominations…7.

Tamar’s On The Come-Up

I know Tamar’s mouth is hot a mess. But from that same mouth flows some amazing vocals. And apparently someone recognized that. Tamar walked away with three nominations this year. Best R&B performance, best R&B song and best urban contemporary album. As hard as she’s worked and as many times as she’s been denied, this is an inspiration for anybody who’s really paying attention. Here’s how Tamar responded to the  Grammy love.

“Royals” does go hard

Even though recent comments from Lorde have left me giving her the side eye, I can’t deny that she is exceptionally talented. Especially to be 17 years old. She was nominated for best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album.

Without Me 

“Without Me” goes.so.hard. So I was very pleased to see that it was nominated this year. In fact, in the list below you’ll see that Fantasia’s name was mentioned a couple of times. And we’re not mad about it. In case you hadn’t had a chance to listen yet, her Side Effects Of You album is excellent.

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Mack Wilds? 

Looks like another newcomer is getting some shine. Even though reviews have been mixed for Mack Wilds’ debut album New York: A Love Story, somebody with some pull seems to have been pretty impressed with it. So impressed that they nominated it for best urban contemporary album. Since we still have warm, fuzzy feelings for his character on The Wire and since Wilds’ first love is music, we’re happy for him but also genuinely surprised. Here’s how he reacted to the news on his Instagram account.

It’s crazy… I dreamed about this as a kid… Now it’s real. And here. I don’t even know what to say. This sh-t is the most surreal feeling ever… I fought for this. I struggled through so much to get here!!!!!!!!! And we’re just getting started!!!!!!! This nomination is for my city!!!! It’s for my f-ckin’ WildThings!!!!!!!!!! This is for each and everyone of you that made this sh-t possible!!!!!!!! I’m in my hotel room tearing up, on my knees, thanking God!!!!!!!!!!! f-ck yo! All I can say is Thank You.#NewYorkALoveStory. #WildThing4Life.#Stapleton. #ParkHill. #StatenIsland. #NewYork!!!!#Home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #Grammys!!!!!!!! #JustTheBeginning.

Jay Z and the popularity contest 

Jay Z himself has said that his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail is his fourth best. So perhaps one could argue that nominations should be awarded for each artist’s personal best. But apparently, that’s not how the Grammys work because Jay Z was nominated for 9 awards. Some are warranted (“Tom Ford”) but some of them have me wondering if they nominated him so many times just so they could guarantee that he would show up to the ceremony and boost ratings. Points to ponder.

F **king Problems

Glad to see the Grammys recognizing the indisputable fact that this song, though inappropriate in many venues, is pure awesomeness. ASAP n’nem snagged the nomination for best rap song.

Check out the list for the nominees for R&B, Rap, Urban Contemporary and Record of the Year on the following pages. You can check out the full list of the 2013 Grammy nominations here. 

Record of the year

Get Lucky — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Radioactive — Imagine Dragons

Royals — Lorde

Locked Out Of Heaven — Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell


Album of the Year

The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles

Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar

The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Red — Taylor Swift


Song of the Year

Just Give Me A Reason — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)

Locked Out Of Heaven — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Roar — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)

Royals — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Same Love —- Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)


Best New Artist

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Solo Performance

Brave —- Sara Bareilles

Royals — Lorde

When I Was Your Man — Bruno Mars

Roar —- Katy Perry

Mirrors —- Justin Timberlake


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Get Lucky — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Just Give Me A Reason — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess

Stay — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko

Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Suit & Tie — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z


Best Pop Instrumental Album

Steppin’ Out — Herb Alpert

The Beat —- Boney James

Handpicked — Earl Klugh

Summer Horns — Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair & Richard Elliot

Hacienda — Jeff Lorber Fusion


Best Pop Vocal Album

Paradise — Lana Del Rey

Pure Heroine — Lorde

Unorthodox Jukebox — Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke

The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience — Justin Timberlake
Best Dance Recording

Need U (100%) — Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK

Sweet Nothing — Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch

Atmosphere — Kaskade

This Is What It Feels Like — Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie

Clarity — Zedd Featuring Foxes


Best Dance/Electronica Album

Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Settle — Disclosure

18 Months — Calvin Harris

Atmosphere — Kaskade

A Color Map of the Sun — Pretty Lights

R&B Field


Best R&B Performance

Love And War — Tamar Braxton

Best Of Me — Anthony Hamilton

Nakamarra — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip

How Many Drinks? — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Something — Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway


Best Traditional R&B Performance

Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr.

Get It Right — Fantasia

Quiet Fire — Maysa

Hey Laura — Gregory Porter

Yesterday — Ryan Shaw

Best R&B Song

Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)

Love And War – Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)

Only One – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)

Pusher Love Girl – James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)

Without Me – Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)


Best Urban Contemporary Album

Love And War – Tamar Braxton

Side Effects Of You – Fantasia

One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi

Unapologetic – Rihanna

New York: A Love Story – Mack Wilds


Best R&B Album

R&B Divas – Faith Evans

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys

Love In The Future – John Legend

Better – Chrisette Michele

Three Kings – TGT
Rap Field


Best Rap Performance

Started From The Bottom – Drake

Berzerk – Eminem

Tom Ford – Jay Z

Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar

Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Power Trip – J. Cole Featuring Miguel

Part II (On The Run) – Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé

Holy Grail – Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

Now Or Never – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige

Remember You – Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd


Best Rap Song

…Problems – Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)

Holy Grail – Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)

New Slaves – Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)

Started From The Bottom – W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)

Thrift Shop – Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)


Best Rap Album

Nothing Was The Same – Drake

Magna Carta…Holy Grail – Jay Z

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar

The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Yeezus – Kanye West



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  • divashalo

    it’s kinda funny that k michelle expected a grammy nod. that’s the kind of presumptuousness i expected from kanye. tbh the one lady who was snubbed was emeli sande! now she can outsing and outclass K michelle anyday LOL

  • j

    I’m trying to figure out how Snoop Lion is nominated but not Morgan Heritage. The grammys is a joke.

  • Baindu Siryon

    K did NOT shake the table that was Karlie

  • Linda M McCuff

    Both ladies are great for R&B. That particular genre really had to come up. K Michelle and Tamar did that. This year Tamar next year KMichelle. Don’t be angry keep it moving upward. I love them both.

  • d3sir3z

    i listened to the tgt album more than i listend to anyone else on the list..tbh…i feel in love with tgt as soon as i heard the album…..i only like love and war by tamar…..and of course my secret bffff’s rihanna’s album but that goes w/o sayin…everyone else…i didnt really hear their songs like that…

  • Mama Pope’s Chewed Wrists

    J. Cole was MAJORLY snubbed. The Grammys are mad wrong for that but it’s all about politics. Also, don’t be surprised when Macklemore takes the awards Kendrick Lamar should get.

  • a

    Did Robert Glapser get nominated?

  • Ineedanaccount

    Is it me or did anybody else think the “all is WELL with my SOUL” Tamar tweet look like a jab at the Rebellious Soul (K Michelle)?

  • minkpink

    I can’t figure out how Tamar beat out Chrisette Michelle????????????????????????????????

    • a

      The only reason Tamar is getting all this play is because who her sister is and who her husband is. Chrisette is way better singer and had a better album. So did Janelle and Emeli.

    • Chrisette Fan

      I know right. Chrisette is my girl. A Couple of Forevers is my sh#t.

      • minkpink

        C hrisette is gifted, tamar not so much. Tamar can battle with k Michelle sure buff but she can’t touch chrisette! Her husband brought that for her definitely a gift she didn’t deserve.

  • Emma Greenfield

    Raheem DeVaughn, Gary Clark Jr, Janelle Monae, Emeli Sande, K.Michelle, John Legend and Laura Mvula got no love! The Grammys can go to hell!

  • lol

    I don’t feel it for her. Her behavior makes it hard to want anything good for her.

  • Leah Robinson

    Can’t believe J. Cole didn’t get a grammy nod, he really is the underdog smh. But without me is my jam!! Glad to see Fantasia is on the right track again.

  • Verna SwaggaEnhancer Gordon

    Why clown Macklemore? The Heist was production and lyrical genius. Aside from the songs mentioned in the article, there were other poignant songs. I need for folks to wake up. It’s amazing for Mack & Ryan Lewis to go independent and get this much acclaim.

    • Crystal

      I dont keep up with singers like I use to, but I still dont know who this Macklemore is??

      • Chey

        You should check him out…he’s nice.

    • Gabie Aldrich

      ITA!! It was a damn good album.. It’s Just because he dresses Like Captain Kangaroo is why folks are bad mouthing him.

  • kickash

    Macklemore’s overrated.

    • Dee

      I somewhat agree. I think he’s talented BUT if he weren’t white (yea I said it) he wouldn’t have gotten this far AT ALL

    • nolimit_soldier

      I’s was aw ways scared to admit that.

  • Dani

    I agree with the Janelle Monae, Emeli Sande, and even through Bruno Mars is a nominee, Im going to be shocked if he win anything. I feel like sometimes he get looked over. I’m probably the only person who wasn’t feeling that J.Cole album. It was only 3 songs I liked on there. I’m not feeling ASAP Rocky either. Tamar…… Congratulations. K.Michelle probably wasn’t nominated because like Ciara’s body party, VSOP is a sample also.. If I’m not mistaken.

  • Tonyoardee

    The real snubs this year were Janelle Monae, Emeli Sande, ASAP Rocky

    • Shawndrea Rachelle

      Yaaaaassss!! I was waiting on someone to say Emeli Sande! That actually really pisses me off

    • Toya

      I didn’t even notice Emeli Sande wasn’t here… My Kind of Love is fiya! Heck, her whole album is the business.

  • Tonyoardee

    You are crazy if you dont admit that TGT album was pure greatness!!

    • truth

      Thank You that Tgt album is the bomb best men album today

      • Tiffani Keaton

        Joe’s DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B was a MUCH better joint..that TGT had two good songs and some other filler. No continuous play like the Joe cd!!!

    • a

      I was thinking the same thing. Who wrote this article? They should definitely win this was the best R&B album hands down.

  • M.R.K

    I was very surprised that Wale was not nominated. Between Kendrick, J. Cole, and Wale had one of the best hip hop albums to come out this year.

    • KJ23

      I’M SAYING! “The Gifted” was amazing!

  • Crystal

    Janelle Monae got screwed royally for ZERO nomination.

    • Sharese

      THANK YOU!!!! She should have gotten at least 2 nominations!

    • DaisyDuke

      THIS!!! I was so disappointed not to see her name in the nominations! “The Electric Lady” is one of the best albums of the year.

    • chaka1

      Naw. Jay Z needs the publicity.

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    & this is why the grammy’s have slowly but surely lost their relevancy and reputation

    • chaka1

      It’s blatantly clear that record companies can buy grammys now. Rhianna is proof of that.

  • AY D

    I dare someone to say Tamar garnered her nominations solely on “critical acclaim” and not the work of her industry-connected,teddy graham husband.

    • funkynights

      I dare someone to find a better ballad than Love & War this year

      • Dani

        Delay ft Marsha Ambrosius “Alone Together” Chrisette Michelle “A Couple of Forevers”
        John Legend “All of You”. That’s a few I can think of off the top of my head that I liked better than Love and War

      • Dani

        Delay ft Marsha Ambrosius “Alone Together” Chrisette Michelle “A Couple of Forevers” John Legend “All of You”

        • heyheynow

          A couple of forevers was a sample that’s why it was nominated just like Ciara and body party and all of you is a good song but I don’t think it appeals to everyone like Love and War did

          • Try again

            Kanye West mess has been sampled and it was nominated. Ciara wasn’t nominated because it wasn’t grammy material point blank

            • AY D

              Nahhh. The new R&B guidelines for the Grammys prevent sampling, hence “My Boo” and Body Party’s ultimate rejection. Rap,Pop and Record of the year don’t restrict nominations based on samples so of course Kanye can get nominated as well as Blurred Lines. If Katy Perry’s Roar or hell even Rihanna Stay is considered “grammy material” than so is Body Party.

      • Jenie

        Chrisette Michelle , couple of for evers !!!!!! Still in rotation…. Tamar shyt has been shelved !

        • funkynights

          come on y’all lets keep it real….whens the last time a Chrisette Michele record had a major impact on the radio or the charts??? #acoupleofforevers. If y’all want to dispute anyones nominations it should be the artists that none of yall have heard/support. Love and War was one of the biggest R&B records of the year, and ya cant deny it…#sorry

          • funkynights

            plus chrisette got nominated for best r&b album

          • Chrisette Fan

            I have to disagree. I didn’t like that Love and War song. I think Tamar has a nice voice but I wasn’t feeling that song what so ever. It just didn’t appeal to me. I like her other two singles though. All The Way Home and The One was pretty good but Love and War wasn’t all of that to me.

            Now Chrisette on the other hand, that’s my girl. I love her voice and that Couple of Forevers song was so touching to me.

            • funkynights

              ya i wasnt talking about having an impact on her FANS..i was talking about the RADIO, and CHARTS. Im not denying her talent. If anything im talking about her so called “fans” that dont buy her music.

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    • Dee

      Everyone know the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s Who you know”. She happens to be well connected AND have great vocals. She would have made it to the grammy’s eventually

    • nolimit_soldier

      I died at “Teddy Graham”.

  • Guest

    I’m upset that Tamar got nominated and not K Michelle. Ugh. Hope she doesn’t win any of hers!

    • Baddvixentype

      Ooooh you salty. Tamar deserves that 100xs more then K. Michelle. K cant write a song to save her life that why her album did the way it did. Tamar wins!
      oh and she will get a grammy! I can promise you that!

      • loyal

        what do you mean that’s why her album did the way it did K’s album did good she had the number 1 and number 2 album and the album received positive reviews from the critics

      • Jen

        Neither one deserves a grammy….. Tamar has a basic album ….. and Kmichelle mess is basic too….. neither grammy material….. Now Chrisette Michelle is a different story.

  • Poe Inspires

    I’m surprised dogface got nominated for Love & War. It was mediocre R&B

    • NotN2NegativeIgnorance

      Whoa…….you sound really immature. Dogface? is that really necessary to get your point across?

      • Poe Inspires

        Oh, hi Tamar!

        • Baddvixentype

          ignorant. nothing better to do I see…carry on nobody @poeinspires:disqus

          • Poe Inspires

            will do! thanks a lot!

    • Just saying!!

      What could possibly make you so miserable that you have to talk like that about someone you do not know and hasn’t done a thing to you?

      • I’m Just saying!

        and why are you taking up for someone you do not know …….

    • Dee

      LMAO why does she have to be all that? I’m a fan of powerful vocals and despite her annoying personality, shorty can sing. Love and War (the song) gave me chills. I just hope she finds better direction. But to each their own lol

    • nolimit_soldier

      Lol sh.t she do got a dog face. She brought it on her self hating self. Tamar can sing but fawk her. I agree with you homie.

      • Poe Inspires

        lmfaoooo right

    • meaca

      Tamar is the lady

    • divashalo

      oh you know that’s really funny coming from you mr poe!

  • Just saying!!

    I don’t know much of K. Michelle’s music but I can assure you it isn’t her ghetto behavior that kept her from the Grammys because otherwise Kanye doesn’t belong on there. The Grammys (and the entertainment industry in general) is all politics. They recycle the same 5 people over and over again and try to get you excited. The most talented people I’ve seen/heard from today are NOT famous or winning Grammys. And that’s damn sad. It’s just one big popularity contest, with a select few chosen every once and a while to become a part of the cool crowd smdh