Other local nominated singers include Summer Walker who is nominated for best r&b album with “Clear 2: Soft Life EP.” Walker’s Love Renaissance labelmate, 6lack, is a nominee for Best Progressive R&B Album with “Since I Have a Lover.” Walker said “Clear 2″ was a the “happy” follow-up to its more “sad” predecessor. She took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to rejoice, thanking all her “lover girls/boys”.
Metro Boomin is up for producer of the year, non-classical with a catalogue that includes “Oh U Went” featuring Young Thug and Drake. Metro Boomin is also up for best rap album for “Heroes and Villains.” He’ll be taking on fellow hometown artists 21 Savage (”Her Loss” with Drake) and Killer Mike (“Michael”).
It was a big day for “Michael,” picking up three nominations. The rapper’s first solo effort in 11 years also got nods for best rap performance and best rap song, both for ”Scientists and Engineers,” which includes yet another out-the-blue, yet memorable verse from Andre 3000.
In addition to getting a best rap album nomination, 21 Savage is up for best rap performance (”Rich Flex” featuring Drake), and best melodic rap performance (featured on Burna Boy’s ”Sittin’ On Top of the World,” “Spin Bout U” featuring Drake).
Theron Thomas, known for being one-half of the duo R. City, was nominated in the songwriter of the year, non-classical category. The longtime Atlanta resident’s writing credits include “Told Ya” by Chloe and Missy Elliott, “All My Life” (Lil Durk, J. Cole), and “Pretty Girls Walk” (Big Boss Vette).
There is also some local representation in the Christian and Gospel categories.
Lecrae and Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s “Your Power” duet is up for best contemporary Christian music performance/song. Jesup, Georgia-born Leonard, is nominated for best gospel album with “Hymns (Live).” Longtime Atlanta resident Lecrae is also up for best contemporary Christian music album, “Church Clothes 4.”
Atlanta-raised, Nashville-based rockers Larkin Poe’s “Blood Harmony” is a nominee for best contemporary blues album.
This year’s awards includes three new categories: best African music performance, best alternative jazz album, and best pop dance recording. It also marks the first time the producer and songwriter of the year categories are included in the general field, which allows Grammy voters to vote in non-genre specific categories.
The 66th Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS, Sun., Feb. 4. The show will air 8-11:30 p.m. EST, and be available for streaming on Paramount+.