Roots’ ?uestlove Says 6 Grammy Noms ‘Took The Pain Away’

Hip-Hop may be having the best year ever.

In addition to Jay-Z and Eminem’s Home And Home Tour, Lil Wayne’s return home, Nicki Minaj’s ascent into the stratosphere, Drake’s super stardom and Rick Ross ruling the streets, the genre’s also taken over the 2011 Grammy nominations.

“I’m really more amazed that with the exception of Lady Antebellum ALL the songs in Record of the Year are from artists in the hip-hop field,” tweeted ?uestlove, of The Roots. “That is monumental.”

And he’s right. The Record of the Year nominees are B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” featuring Bruno Mars, Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, Cee Lo Green’s “F— You,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”

Elsewhere, The Roots garnered six nominations, five for their duet album with John Legend entitled Wake Up!, including Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance as well as one for Best Rap Album for their own How I Got Over LP.

But instead of waiting by his laptop for the nominations, Quest decided have a slightly dangerous dinner.

“The only way I’ve learned to survive to is to not have high expectations,” The drummer told RapFix via phone. “So I made a run to Brooklyn real quick for some Korean BBQ. I’m at the table, sort of cooking the food over the fire and I added too much oil to the plate. I briefly set my hand on fire for about three seconds and that really took my mind off the nominations, like I forgot. Cut to me trying to heal my hand and one of my four managers calls me — my business manager — he never calls me. I’m thinking, either my house is on fire or he’s discovered the $10,000 charges for records I just bought in London. I pick up the phone and he’s says ‘Dog, six nominations!’ That took the pain away.”

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