The 5 Most Surprising 2013 Grammy Award Nominations
January 21, 2013 - 1:27 pm
The Artist: 2 Chainz
The Nomination: Based On A T.R.U. Story for "Best Rap Album"
Why It Surprised Us: While 2 Chainz had a HUGE year in rap, he's still not the most commercially viable MC in the world. So, we wouldn't have blinked if the Grammy voters had left him off the "Best Rap Album" list. But, to their credit, they gave Tity Boi props for making his solo debut this year. And, we were definitely surprised about it.
The Artist: Young Jeezy
The Nomination: "I Do," feat. Jay-Z and Andre 3000 for "Best Rap Performance"
Why It Surprised Us: The four other songs in the "Best Rap Performance" category (Drake's "HYFR," Jay-Z and Kanye West's "N----s In Paris," Nas's "Daughters," and Kanye West's "Mercy") were all really, really big radio records. "I Do" wasn't and, yet, the Grammy voters apparently understood the impact of it and felt it was strong enough to warrant a Grammy nod.