(AllHipHop News) The Recording Academy may have shocked some people with the Best Rap Album nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Many prognosticators expected Cardi B and Travis Scott to make the final list. However, the other competing artists are pleasant surprises.
Cardi's Invasion of Privacy and Scott's AstroWorld are up against Mac Miller's Swimming, Pusha T's Daytona, and Nipsey Hussle's Victory Lap. The latter three selections were widely praised in Hip Hop circles, but the often tone-deaf Academy usually excludes less mainstream bodies of work like Swimming, Daytona, and Victory Lap.
The other rap categories have a wide range of choices as well. For Best Rap Performance, the nominees are "Be Careful" by Cardi B, "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee, "Nice For What" by Drake, "King's Dead" by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake, and "Bubblin" by Anderson .Paak.
Best Rap/Sung Performance will be won by "Like I Do" by Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink, "Pretty Little Fears" by 6lack Featuring J. Cole, "This Is America" by Childish Gambino, "All The Stars" by Kendrick Lamar & SZA, or "Rockstar" by Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage. The Best Rap Song category, which recognizes songwriters, includes "God's Plan," "King's Dead," and "Sicko Mode" as well as Eminem's "Lucky You" and Jay Rock's "Win."
Some Hip Hop artists were also nominated in the R&B categories. The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) earned nods for Best R&B Performance ("Summer") and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Everything Is Love). Childish Gambino's "Feels Like Summer" is up for Best R&B Song. J. Cole was also nominated for Best R&B Song, thanks to his contribution to Miguel's "Come Through And Chill."
The Carters ("Apesh*t"), Childish Gambino ("This Is America"), and Joyner Lucas ("I'm Not Racist") were nominated for Best Music Video. Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All The Stars" scored a Best Song Written For Visual Media nomination. Plus, Boi-1da, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams were listed in the Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical category.
To see the full list of nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards visit grammy.com.