Our Picks For The 59th Grammys Based On This Morning’s Nominations

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The list of this year’s Grammy nominees were released this morning. And while plenty folk wanted to argue about who got snubbed and who didn’t deserve whatever, we’re selecting our favorites from the list given. Check out our pictures and let us know if you agree or disagree in the comment section below.

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Record of the Year

Hello- Adele

Formation- Beyoncé

Work- Rihanna

Stressed Out- Twenty One Pilots

7 Years- Lukas Graham

As much as I regarded “Work” as a bit lazy from a vocal standpoint, I cannot deny the affect it had on the world. Not to mention the lesson it taught on Patois and the ways in which people who tried to cover it in proper English were slandered on Twitter. And while I love King Bey, “Formation,” in all of its glory, wasn’t song of the year. I was a big fan of “Hello” but I have to represent for the Black girls, always.

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Album of the Year

25- Adele 

Lemonade- Beyoncé

Views- Drake

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth– Sturgill Simpson

Purpose-Justin Bieber

Ya tú sabes! Lemonade changed the entire game in ways that I can’t say these other albums did.

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Song of the year

Formation- Beyoncé

Hello- 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)
I wish I knew the distinction between record of the year and song of the year. But since I don’t and I already explained why I didn’t choose “Formation,” I’ll give this one to Adele. “Hello” was huge.

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Best New Artist

Chance The Rapper

Anderson Paak

Maren Morris

The Chainsmokers

Kelsea Ballerini

Honestly, Anderson Paak is pretty dope and extremely talented. But Chance’s music and message speak to me on a deeper level.

Best Pop Solo

Hello – Adele

Hold Up – Beyoncé

Love Yourself-Justin Bieber

Piece By Piece (Idol Version)- Kelly Clarkson

Dangerous Woman- Ariana Grande

Perhaps I’m not as much a Bey stan as I believe myself to be because Clarkson’s performance of this song had me and almost the entire “American Idol” audience in tears. I haven’t watched this show in years but her rendition of this song, which she wrote, about the love of her children, in appreciation for her husband and to address her absentee father.

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Best Pop Duo

Closer- The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey

7 Years- Lukas Graham

Work- Rihanna Featuring Drake

Cheap Thrills- Sia Featuring Sean Paul

Stressed Out- Twenty One Pilots

It would be nice for Sean Paul to win another Grammy, (He won his first for Reggae Album of the year in 2004.), “Cheap Thrills” just doesn’t go harder than “Work.”

Best Rock Performance

Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)- Alabama Shakes

Don’t Hurt Yourself- Beyoncé Featuring Jack White

Blackstar- David Bowie

The Sound Of Silence (Live On Conan)- Disturbed

Heathens- Twenty One Pilots

With David Bowie passing away this year, he’ll be a tough one to beat. And here again, I’m going to have to stray away from Bey and choose Alabama Shakes’ performance of “Joe” for this one. It is the epitomizes the soul of rock music.

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

Dang. I wanted to give this to Solange but when I listened to “Turnin’ Me Up,” the pull was undeniable. If “Don’t Touch My Hair” were in this spot, the decision would have been a bit easier.

Fantasia performs at James L. Knight Center

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

I saw Fantasia perform “Sleeping With The One I Love” in person and it was a spiritual experience.

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Best Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade – Beyonce 

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We Are King – KING 

Malibu – Anderson Paak 

Anti – Rihanna 

Lalah Hathaway Soul Train Awards 2016

Best R&B Album

In My Mind- BJ The Chicago Kid

Lalah Hathaway Live- Lalah Hathaway

Velvet Portraits- Terrace Martin

Healing Season- Mint Condition

Smoke Jones- Mya

Am I the only one who missed the memo that Mya released an album this year? Must have been solid. Considering the fact that I have yet to listen to it, I’m voting based on the vocal stylings of Lalah Hathaway and favoritism, which is nothing new to the Grammy’s.

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Best Rap Performance

No Problem- Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

Panda- Desiigner

Pop Style – Drake Featuing The Throne

All The Way Up- Fat Joe & Remy Ma Feat French Montana and Infared

That Part- ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

It would be awesome for Remy Ma to win a Grammy but seriously, outside of her verse and the first few chords of the song, “All The Way Up” bores me after about 1 minute. And being a dread head myself, “No Problem” speaks to me.

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

The performance of “Freedom” at the BET Awards literally made me want to run around my living room screaming. Spiritual, beautiful, truthful, passionate and game-changing.

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Best Rap Song

All The Way Up- Fat Joe & Remy Ma Feat French Montana and Infared

Famous- Kanye West and Rihanna

Hotline Bling- Drake

No Problem- Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

Ultralight Beam- Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream

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Best Rap Album

Coloring Book 

And The Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul

Major Key – DJ Khaled

Views- Drake

Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q

The Life of Pablo – Kanye West

No competition in my personal opinion.

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Best Gospel Performance/Song 

It’s Alright, It’s Ok- Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton; Stanley Brown & Courtney Rumble, songwriters

You’re Bigger [Live]- Jekalyn Carr; Allundria Carr, songwriter

Made A Way [Live]- Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter

God Provides- Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Better- Hezekiah Walker; Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters

It’s been quite the year for Mama Caesar hasn’t it? Might as well keep the party going.

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Best Gospel Album

Listen- Tim Bowman Jr.

Fill This House- Shirley Caesar

A Worshipper’s Heart [Live]- Todd Dulaney

Losing My Religion- Kirk Franklin

Demonstrate [Live]- William Murphy

I also had the pleasure of seeing Kirk Franklin perform live this year. Phenomenal.

First Broadway performance for the revival of The Color Purple and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Curtain Call. Featuring: Cynthia Erivo Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 10 Nov 2015 Credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

Best Musical Theater Album

The Color Purple 

Bright Star

Fiddler On The Roof

Kinky Boots

Waitress

No competition.

Sony Pictures Classic

Sony Pictures Classic

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Straight Outta Compton

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Miles Ahead

Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition)

Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1

Despite my desire, I didn’t get a chance to see Miles Ahead. And while I appreciate some of the songs for the Straight Outta Compton soundtrack, I definitely want to compare it to Miles.

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Best Music Video

Formation – Beyonce

River- Leon Bridges

Up & Up- Coldplay

Gosh- Jamie XX

Upside Down & Inside Out- Ok Go

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Best Music Film

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead– Steve Aoki

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years– (The Beatles)

The Music Of Strangers– Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry– (Various Artists)

Lemonade- Beyoncé

Got to.

Feel free to fight me on any of my picks. You can check out the full list of nominees here.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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