The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards were publicly announced, Tuesday, Nov. 24, with a live presentation via their official website. CBS will be the television home of music’s premiere night which is set to air Jan. 31.

Megan Thee Stallion’s rapid accession to stardom continues after receiving four Grammy nods in the Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best New Artist and Record of the Year categories. Conspicuously absent from Grammy Award consideration was the record-breaking, wicked duet single “WAP” with Bronx native Cardi B. Reports indicate that the song will be submitted for next years, 2022, honors to coincide with the release of Cardi B’s follow-up album to her three-times platinum debut album “Invasion of Property.”

Newcomer Roddy Ricch garnered nominations for “The Box” in Best Rap Song, Song of the Year and Best Melodic Rap Performance categories. Brooklyn’s own Pop Smoke unfortunately can’t bask in the glow of his consideration, but the CITY will hold him down if he brings home the statue; believe that. Nas, Royce da 5’9, Doja Cat, DaBaby, H.E.R. and Thundercat are among the many other artists who also find themselves in contention for major hardware. Check the list of some highlighted categories below:

Best Gospel Album

2ECOND WIND: READY by Anthony Brown & group therAPy

MY TRIBUTE by Myron Butler

CHOIRMASTER by Ricky Dillard

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PJ by PJ Morton

KIERRA by Kierra Sheard

Best R&B Performance

LIGHTNING & THUNDER by Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend

BLACK PARADE by Beyoncé

ALL I NEED by Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign

GOAT HEAD by Brittany Howard

SEE ME by Emily King

Best Traditional R&B Performance

SIT ON DOWN by The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor

WONDER WHAT SHE THINKS OF ME by Chloe X Halle

LET ME GO by Mykal Kilgore

ANYTHING FOR YOU by Ledisi

DISTANCE by Yebba

Best Progressive R&B Album

CHILOMBO by Jhené Aiko

UNGODLY HOUR by Chloe X Halle

FREE NATIONALS by Free Nationals

F* YO FEELINGS by Robert Glasper

IT IS WHAT IT IS by Thundercat

Best R&B Album

HAPPY 2 BE HERE by Ant Clemons

TAKE TIME by Giveon

TO FEEL LOVE/D by Luke James

BIGGER LOVE by John Legend

ALL RISE by Gregory Porter

Best Rap Performance

DEEP REVERENCE by Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle

BOP by DaBaby

WHAT’S POPPIN by Jack Harlow

THE BIGGER PICTURE by Lil Baby

SAVAGE by Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé

DIOR by Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance

ROCKSTAR by DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch

LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER by Drake Featuring Lil Durk

LOCKDOWN by Anderson .Paak

THE BOX by Roddy Ricch

HIGHEST IN THE ROOM by Travis Scott

Best Rap Album

BLACK HABITS by D SMOKE

ALFREDO by Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist

A WRITTEN TESTIMONY by Jay Electronica

KING’S DISEASE by Nas

THE ALLEGORY by Royce Da 5’9”

Best Reggae Album

UPSIDE DOWN 2020 by Buju Banton

HIGHER PLACE by Skip Marley

IT ALL COMES BACK TO LOVE by Maxi Priest

GOT TO BE TOUGH by Toots & The Maytals

ONE WORLD by The Wailers

A more entertaining precursor for the award show fix comes Sunday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. with The 2020 Soul Train Awards presented by BET. The broadcast begins with a one-hour pre-show beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST. Hosting the show for the third time in a row are the duo of Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, who will also don the caps of co-producers.

Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.