Rihanna picked up dueling nominations in the Rap/Sung Collaboration race for her work with Kanye West on “All of the Lights” and her pairing with Drake on the #1 hit “What’s My Name?” She has already won this award twice: “Umbrella” (2007) and “Run This Town” (2009).
“All of the Lights,” which also features Kid Cudi and Fergie, is nominated for Song of the Year. This critically embraced tune has to be the frontrunner. West has shared in two wins — “American Boy” (2008) and “Run This Town” (2009) — and had six other bids.
Beyonce may have 16 Grammys on her mantle but this year she managed only two nods including one for her teaming with Andre 3000 on “Party.” This is one of the weakest offerings on “4.” She and her now husband Jay-Z won this race with “Crazy in Love” in 2003. Her better hope for a win this year is Best Long Form Music Video for “I Am … World Tour.”
The R&B slow-jam “Motivation” by Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne made it to the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rowland, who was in Destiny’s Child with Beyonce, won this race in 2002 for her work with Nelly on “Dilemma.” She also contends for Best Dance Recording with “When Love Takes Over.”
It’s rather surprising that “I Need a Doctor” marks Dr. Dre‘s first bid in this category. One of his collaborators is Eminem who has lost this race three times including last year for his high-profile work with Rihanna on “Love the Way You Lie.” However, Dre, Eminem, and Skylar Grey are unlikely to prevail this year.
The combination of DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne resulted in “I’m on One.” Although the track slid into the top 10 of the Hot 100, Drake and Wayne have better hopes of winning with their other bids.
Listen to the nominated songs below.