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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