Under the Recording Academy's current rules, music must be "commercially released" to be eligible for a Grammy nomination. This eligibility requirement does not reflect the current music climate, in which many projects are released for free, e.g. mixtapes.
UPDATE: Here are the notable hip-hop/R&B awards from tonight's iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Best New Artist: Fetty Wap
Hip Hop Song of the Year: Drake's "Hotline Bling"
R&B Song of the Year: The Weeknd's "Earned It"
UPDATE: The album, untitled unmastered., has landed on Spotify (see above screenshot), but the stream isn't working...yet. Many are expecting the stream to become available at midnight, as was the case with To Pimp a Butterfly.
If you are disappointed that Kendrick Lamar did not win Album of the Year, Song of the Year, or Best Music Video, take solace in the fact that To Pimp a Butterfly album sales are up a whopping 411% since the Grammys.
Lauryn Hill wasn't able to perform at the 2016 Grammys, but according to her team, the fact that she didn't make the ceremony shouldn't have been a news item in the first place, as the performance was always up in the air.
What makes Kendrick Lamar such a great performer? His everyman aesthetic makes him relatable. His spiritual conviction that makes him appear possessed gives his performances the feeling of a religious ritual. His live band is fuego. And, bars.
Kanye West isn't the only one having pre-performance meltdowns this week. According to TMZ, Rihanna bailed on her Grammy performance due to a meltdown during her rehearsal, and not due to bronchitis, as had been previously reported.
Last night, industry elites gathered in the Staples Center for "music's biggest night," the 58th Grammy Awards. Year after year, the relevancy of the award show gets brought into question, though not necessarily its entertainment value.
There are no words that can fully encapsulate the magnitude of Kendrick Lamar's performance last night at the Grammys. The five Grammys are nice, but his AOTY loss to Taylor Swift truly solidified the Grammy whackness...
Kendrick Lamar didn’t win all 11 awards he was nominated for, but he did get a few, including the Grammy for Best Rap Album. Ice Cube was the presenter, so he got the distinct privilege of handing Kendrick Duckworth his Grammy for To Pimp A Butterfly.
Last night, The Weeknd won two Grammys, which isn't a bad way to start the birthday celebrations. The r'n'b singer turns 26 today, and the festivities began last night post-Grammys with an after party put on by GQ magazine.
Following the Grammys last night, Tyga was the host of one particular after party at the Argyle in Hollywood. While we're not sure who exactly was invited, we know that three of pop's biggest icons were not.
Man, did Kendrick Lamar just deliver a powerful performance at this year's Grammy's. Called “controversial” by the host, LL Cool J, the 7-minute performance would go on to be arguably the highlight of the entire Grammy’s.