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Competition: 2014 Grammy Awards Predictions [Cast Your Vote To Win!]

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At long last the 56th annual Grammy Awards® are upon us!

The 2014 showing of music’s biggest night will be lined with performances from Beyonce & Jay Z, Madonna & Macklemore, P!nk, and so many others.  This, of course, between issuance of the industry’s most coveted prize – the golden Gram-o-phone.

Rap royal Jay Z leads the pack while his ‘Holy Grail’ co-star Justin Timberlake trails with seven nods (as does Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis).  And, while ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ hitmaker Drake stands to take home 5 trophies for as many nominations, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Lorde follow with four a piece.

As we await news on who will leave with what, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – for your ever insightful predictions. We know who we want to win, but with your musical savvy in tow, tuck in below with your thoughts on who you think will take home the industry’s top honors in Pop, R&B, rap and gospel categories. Two lucky commenters will win the 2014 Grammy Nominees album:

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Watch: Drake Rocks ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Performances & Skits)

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The last year has seen Drake dominate and then some with his third studio album ‘Nothing Was The Same’. And while some would rest on their laurels toward the tail of a campaign, the Hip-Hop titan has continued to press on – this evening taking over NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

As well as performing smashes such as ‘Started From The Bottom’, Drizzy served up the LOL’s with a series of hilarious skits – which included a spoof of Piers Morgan, a Bar Mitzvah, and much more.

TGJ, as ever, has you covered. Peep clips after the jump…

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Watch: Drake Talks ‘Saturday Night Live’ & Denounces Drugs On ‘Jimmy Fallon’

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Before he rocks ‘Saturday Night Live’ with what’s set to be a fun-filled appearance, Drake hit ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ for what can only be described as Beer-fuelled fun & games.

For, in showcasing the lighthearted nature that’s made him one of Rap’s more likeable characters, the performer engaged in a game of Beer Hockey and explained why an experience with weed in his teens brought on a paranoia he believed almost ruined his life.

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Watch: Drake Unveils ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promos

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Hip-Hop titan Drake is gearing up to host Saturday Night Live on NBC this weekend.

In traditional SNL form, a series of promo’s have been released to plug the star’s appearance on the show.

As ever, hilarity ensues. Peep the previews after the jump…

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Drake To Rock ‘Super Bowl 2014′ Halftime Show For ‘Time Warner’

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Bruno Mars may have been enlisted to perform at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, but thanks to the folks over at ‘Time Warner‘, he isn’t the only chart-topper looking forward to partaking in the night’s festivities.

For, after announcing him as their headlining act for their pre-game party in NYC, ‘Warner’ has called on Drake to star in the company’s Super Bowl 2014 commercial, making him the ‘leading lad’ in their hotly anticipated  campaign!

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Did You Know: No African American Artist Had A #1 Hit in 2013? [Weigh In]

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With digital downloads and online streams becoming two of the more dominant ingredients in the recipe of most of Billboard Hot 100 hits today, critics started to argue that topping the chart had become easier than ever to achieve.  But, despite the likes of Jay Z, Drake, and Beyonce making headlines in 2013 for moving some of the year’s most impressive numbers on Billboard 200, they have another commonality – no Hot 100 #1 singles.

In fact, they join a bevy of African American hitmakers (i.e. Alicia Keys, Kanye West, J. Cole) who delivered chart-topping albums in late 2012 or 2013 without the aid of a similarly successful single.

Even this generation’s Hot 100 queen Rihanna, whose #1 single ‘Diamonds’ was dethroned two weeks before 2013′s beginning, did not see her name stamped atop the tally [as a leading act] for a song she released this year…

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Producer Noah “40″ Shebib Halts Drake’s Plans For Posthumous Aaliyah Album

Drake aaliyah painting Producer Noah 40 Shebib Halts Drakes Plans For Posthumous Aaliyah Album

‘Started From the Bottom’ beau Drake started a polarizing war of fans last year when he revealed plans of creating a posthumous album filled with some of the late R&B singer Aaliyah‘s unreleased tracks.

Earning a collective thumbs down from those closest to the fallen star (see: Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, her family), the Torontoian rapper was still set to forge ahead with the project as Aaliyah’s label (run by uncle Barry Hankerson) did offer their approval.

Continued negative public reaction to the album – as recent as last month - had the album’s primary producer Noah “40″ Shebib on the fence so much so that he, according to a recent interview with VIBE magazine, has called for Drake to halt the project…indefinitely.

“I was seven songs deep.  [Aaliyah’s] mother saying, “I don’t want this out’ was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.” – Noah Shebib

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New Song: Drake – ‘Trophies’

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Teased in the trailer for ‘Nothing Was the Same‘, today brings with it the full version of Drake‘s ‘Trophies‘, produced by Hit Boy, Hagler and his long time collaborator Noah Shebib!

Brilliant to say the very least, the number sees the performer showcase his ever engaging story-telling skills, laying out his mind with lyrics few are unlikely to forget anytime soon.

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