Young & Gettin' It: VIBE Salutes Our Millennial Grammy Nominees
February 11, 2016 - 12:22 pm
The Weeknd (Age 25)
Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, has had a whirlwind year. His second studio album, Beauty Behind The Madness, skyrocketed to the number one slot on the Billboard album charts. He was the first artist in history to have had three of his hit songs ("Earned It," "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face") hold the top three spots on the Hot R&B Songs Chart. He is up for seven awards on Grammy night including "Album Of The Year" and "Record Of The Year" for "Can't Feel My Face." He's also an Oscar nominee; "Earned It" is nominated for "Best Original Song" this year.
His melismatic singing abilities, catchy tunes and enigmatic hairstyle have won him many new fans, but will it be enough to win him his first Grammy on Monday?
Tori Kelly (Age 23)
Nothing is worse than being critiqued about something you truly love to do- especially if it's on national television and Simon Cowell is dishing the diss. However, a ho-hum experience on American Idol was one of the things that pushed Cali-born Tori Kelly to continue to pursue her dreams. Now, at 23 years old, she's nominated for the coveted "Best New Artist" award at the Grammys.
Her freshman album, Unbreakable Smile, debuted at number two on the Billboard Albums chart, and features appearances from Ed Sheeran and LL Cool J. She was also a performer at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards and was included in the Smokey Robinson tribute at the 2015 BET Awards. From YouTube to a nomination and performance on the Grammy stage, Kelly's journey has been inspiring to watch.
Kehlani (Age 20)
The Oakland, Calif. stunner chose to pursue a music career after an injury put her dance career on the backburner. After appearing on America's Got Talent with former group PopLyfe, Kehlani branched out on her own.
Her 2014 mixtape Cloud 19 put her on the map after Complex featured it in their "50 Best Albums of 2014" list. Her second mixtape, You Should Be Here, is nominated for "Best Urban Contemporary Album." The mixtape features cameos by Chance The Rapper and BJ The Chicago Kid, and was lauded by Billboard, Complex and Pitchfork. After learning about her nomination, she took to Instagram and wrote "Grammy nominated before 21. THANK YOU GOD." Let's see if she can be a Grammy winner before 21 as well.
Headed by OFWGKTA's Syd Tha Kid (age 23) and Mike Martians (27), soul group The Internet is nominated for "Best Urban Contemporary Album" against Kehlani for their album Ego Death.
Before their nomination, The Internet was featured on Odd Future's The OF Tape Vol. 2, and backed Mac Miller in London on the rapper's album Watching Movies With The Sound Off. They'll be performing at Sasquatch! Music Festival and Bonnaroo this year, so if you've got tickets, make sure to check them out!
Leon Bridges (Age 26)
Everything is bigger in Texas- even the talent. The Lone Star State's Leon Bridges has made quite the impression after favorable reviews for his appearances on Saturday Night Live, at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. He was also featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' song "Kevin."
His combination of soul, gospel and R&B is applauded, drawing comparisons to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His first album, Coming Home, is up for the "Best R&B Album" gramaphone. We will see if he can strum out a win!
Jamie xx (Age 27)
The English DJ and producer (pictured center) is known for being a member of The xx, but sometimes chooses to fly solo. You may have heard his infectious hit "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" featuring Young Thug and Popcaan off of his album In Colour. The latter is nominated for "Best Dance/Electronic Album."
In the past, Jamie has worked with Alicia Keys and Drake, and released remixes of Radiohead's "Bloom" and Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" featuring Childish Gambino, just to name a few.