Common, Kanye, Numero Group among Chicago Grammy nominees

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Many of Chicago’s rap and R&B luminaries earned Grammy nominees Friday as the Recording Academy scrolled the news throughout the day via Twitter and network television broadcasts. The 57th edition of the musical awards is scheduled for broadcast Feb. 8 on CBS. The full list is below.

Chicago rappers Common, BJ the Chicago Kid and Kanye West will be in competition against each other in the best rap/sung collaboration category that also features Eminem with Rihanna and iLoveMakonnen with Drake. Common is poised to receive his genre’s highest honor, best rap album, for “Nobody’s Smiling.” He competes with Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q and Wiz Khalifa.

Kanye West receives a best rap song nomination for “Bound 2,” the song from his 2013 album “Yeezus” that, in video form, features carnal coupling on a motorcycle with wife Kim Kardashian.

On the R&B side, Jennifer Hudson and R. Kelly represent Chicago in the best R&B performance category for “It’s Your World” that appears on her latest album “JHUD.” They compete with Beyonce and Jay-Z, Chris Brown with Usher and Rick Ross, Ledisi, and Usher.

David Frost, Christopher Willis and Tim Martyn received nominations in the best engineered album, classical category for a recent work featuring conductor Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Chicago archival label the Numero Group also received two nominations: The first in the best boxed or special limited edition package category for “Cities Of Darkscorch,” credited to nominees Leland Meiners and Ken Shipley, and the second in the best album notes category for “Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound,” a collection of early funk and disco in Minneapolis credited to nominee Jon Kirby.

The leading Grammy categories are dominated by hit-makers such as Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Sia, and Meghan Trainor for record of the year.

Best new artist nominees are Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark Haim, and Sam Smith.

Song of the year nominees are: “All About That Bass,” by Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, “Chandelier,” by Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, “Shake It Off,” by Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” by James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith and “Take Me To Church,” by Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Hozier).

Nominees for best new album, which is the Recording Academy’s highest honor, was announced late Friday following a Grammy special on CBS. They are: “Morning Phase,” by Beck, Beyonce’s self-titled album, “X” by Ed Sheeran, “In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith and “Girl” by Pharrell Williams.

The full list of nominees can be found via

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