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Grammy nominees: Jon Batiste, Kanye, H.E.R., Saweetie and many more

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How diverse is the list of stars who could take home a Grammy Sunday, might you ask? Let’s take a look at some of the Black artists nominated, some of whom will be new to the Grammy stage, others who are looking to add to their collection. 

Louisiana superstar Jon Batiste is the most nominated artist of any this year, with 11 nods. Kanye West could take home five golden gramophones, adding to his collection of 22. SaweetieTemsBaby Keem, Jimmie Allen and Jazmine Sullivan — the latter of whom’s been nominated 15 times, including this year’s three nods, but hasn’t yet won — could all take home their first-ever award. 

Winners will be announced at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

Here’s an overview of some of the artists nominated in top categories:

Record of the Year
Jon Batiste — “Freedom”
Giveon (w/ Justin Beiber) — “Peaches”
Doja Cat ft. SZA — “Kiss Me More”
Lil Nas X — “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”
Silk Sonic — “Leave the Door Open”

Album of the Year
Jon Batiste — We Are
Doja Cat — Planet Her (Deluxe)
H.E.R. — Back of My Mind
Lil Nas X — Montero
Kanye West — Donda

Song of the Year
Alicia Keys (& Brandi Carlile) — “A Beautiful Noise”
H.E.R. — “Fight for You”
Doja Cat ft. SZA — “Kiss Me More”
Silk Sonic — “Leave the Door Open”
Lil Nas X — “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”
Giveon (w/ Justin Beiber & Daniel Cesar) — “Peaches”

Best New Artist
Jimmie Allen
Baby Keem
Arlo Parks
Saweetie

Best R&B Song
H.E.R. — “Damage”
SZA — “Good Days”
Giveon — “Heartbreak Anniversary”
Silk Sonic — “Leave the Door Open”
Jazmine Sullivan — “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Best Rap Performance
Baby Keem ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Family Ties”
Cardi B — “Up”
J. Cole ft. 21 Savage & Morray — ”My Life”
Drake, ft. Future & Young Thug — “Way Too Sexy”
Megan Thee Stallion — “Thot Shit”

Best Rap Song
DMX ft. Jay-Z & Nas — “Bath Salts”
Saweetie ft. Doja Cat — “Best Friend”
Baby Keem ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Family Ties”
Kanye West ft.Jay-Z — “Jail”
J. Cole ft. 21 Savage & Morray — ”My Life”

Best Rap Album
J. Cole — The Off-Season
Drake — Certified Lover Boy
Nas — King’s Disease II
Tyler, the Creator — Call Me if You Get Lost
Kanye West — Donda

Best Gospel Album
Jekalyn Carr — Changing Your Story
Tasha Cobbs Leonard — Royalty: Live at the Ryman
Maverick City Music — Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition
Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music — Jonny X Mali: Live in LA
CeCe Winans — Believe for It

Honorable mentions to Spice, nominated for Best Reggae Album, Wizkid for Best Global Music Album, Tems (w. Wizkid) for Best Global Music Performance, Mickey Guyton for Best Country Album & Solo Performance, Hit Boy for Producer of the Year, and LeVar BurtonDon CheadleJ. IvyDave Chappelle & Barack Obama, all nominated for Best Spoken Word Album.

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