By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
The 54th annual Grammys haven’t officially aired yet, but some of the biggest categories featuring hip-hop and r&b stars will not be seen by audiences tonight. Notorious for shutting out those categories, the Grammys aired a slew of awards already in the Grammy pre-telecast. Kanye West has already snagged three of the night’s biggest hip-hop awards: Best Rap album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All Of the Lights” with Fergie, Kid Cudi and Rihanna. Another big name that won an award you’ll never see was Cee-Lo Green, who took Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Fool For You” with Melanie Fiona.
There will be some hip-hop presence at the actual show and there is palpable anticipation for Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Wayne. Nicki, along with J. Cole, is nominated for the big honor of Best New Artist.
Nicki and Lil’ Wayne will also take the stage in two separate buzzy performances. Nicki will perform for the first time and debut her new single “Roman Holiday” from the upcoming sophomore effort Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded while her Young Money boss will partake in a pan-genre performance alongside deadmau5 and David Guetta in an EDM homage.