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And The Nominees Are: VIBE's 2011 Grammy Nomination Wish List

On Tuesday, we posted the nominees for the 2011 Grammy Awards. And to tell you the truth, we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of love that hip-hop and R&B artists got. For instance, in the "Record of the Year" category, four of the five records nominated—including Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind," B.o.B's "Nothin' On You," Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," and Cee-Lo's "F--- You"—were right up our alley.

But we did have an issue with a few of the decisions the Grammy Family made. Like, zero nominations for Trey Songz? And not a single mention of Nicki Minaj? No props for Rick Ross? And, um, did Alicia Keys get disqualified for a reason? Come on, guys. We know you know hip-hop and R&B better than to leave these artists off. Right? (ummm...)

Anyway, we wanted to make things right. So we sat down and reconfigured the major Grammy categories to include the artists we wanted to see nominated within each of them. Would a few pop performers, rock and roll acts and country artists take a hit as a result of it? Of course. But then they'd know how we feel almost every other year. Without further delay, here are VIBE's 2011 Grammy Award nominees. Who gets the Gramophone? —Chris Yuscavage



Eminem, Recovery

Rick Ross, Teflon Don

Drake, Thank Me Later

Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)

Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty


Justin Bieber (still gotta give the youngster his props!)


Nicki Minaj


Esperanza Spalding (hey, Grammy Fam: she's not exactly "new," but we'll make room for any jazz artist that makes the cut in your book)


Eminem, featuring Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie"

B.o.B, featuring Hayley Williams, "Airplanes"

Cee-Lo, "F--- You"

Jazmine Sullivan, "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)"

Jay-Z, featuring Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind"


Jay-Z, featuring Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind"

B.o.B, featuring Bruno Mars, "Nothin' On You"

B.o.B, featuring Hayley Williams, "Airplanes"

Eminem, featuring Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie"

Cee-Lo, "F--- You"


Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

Drake, Thank Me Later

Eminem, Recovery

Rick Ross, Teflon Don

The Roots, How I Got Over (shout to The Roots on the five nominations!)


Rihanna, Rated R

Jeremih, All About You

John Legend & The Roots, Wake Up!

Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) 

The-Dream, Love King


Rihanna, "Hard"

Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"

Alicia Keys, "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"

Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga, "Video Phone (Remix)"

Jazmine Sullivan, "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)"


Rihanna, "Only Girl (In the World)"

Usher, "OMG"

Trey Songz, featuring Nicki Minaj, "Bottoms Up"

Dirty Money, featuring T.I., "Hello Good Morning"

Gyptian, "Hold You (Hold Yuh)" (are we allowed to shoehorn dancehall into the dance category? Please?)


Trey Songz, "Can't Be Friends"

Usher, "There Goes My Baby"

Chris Brown featuring Tyga, "Deuces"

Robin Thicke featuring Nicki Minaj, "Shaking It For Daddy"

Drake, "Find Your Love" (how about this for a wild card!?!)


Jazmine Sullivan, "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)"

Alicia Keys, "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart"

Janelle Monae, featuring Big Boi, "Tightrope"

Erykah Badu, "Window Seat"

Fantasia, "Bittersweet"

Who else would you nominate for a 2011 Grammy Award? Who got shafted? Who shouldn't have been included in our version of the Grammy nominations? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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