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Freddie Gibbs, Megan Thee Stallion And More Earn First Grammy Nominations

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The Recording Academy unveiled the list of nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards on Tuesday and there were a handful of new, respectable entrants in the often scrutinized Rap category.

For Best Rap Album, Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist each received their first-ever Grammy nod for their beloved album 'Alfredo,' while D Smoke from Netflix's 'Rhythm + Flow' as well as Jay Electronica also earned their inaugural solo Grammy noms.

Gibbs reacted to the news on social media in his matter-of-fact manner, writing, "I told y'all n****z." He even started thinking about who his date would be for the likely virtual gathering. Notably, Lil Baby's 'My Turn,' the best-selling album of 2020, was somehow left off the list. 

However, Baby still got two looks from the Grammys in the areas of Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "The Bigger Picture." Alongside Baby in the former category are fellow first-timers Pop Smoke and Jack Harlow for "Dior" and "What's Poppin," respectively.

Overall, Roddy Ricch (6), Megan Thee Stallion (4) and DaBaby (4) accounted for almost half of the seven most-nominated acts, led by none other than Beyoncé (9). Meg and Bey's iconic "Savage" remix and DaBaby and Roddy's "Rockstar" are both up for Record of the Year.

Undoubtedly the biggest "snub" of the 63rd Grammys lineup was The Weeknd, who received zero looks despite dropping one of the most commercial and critical successes of the year in 'After Hours.' (The hit single "Blinding Lights" recently broke the record for the most weeks spent in the top 10 of the Hot 100 at 40. Umm.)

Kid Cudi was one of many people who voiced their displeasure with The Recording Academy, claiming The Weekend "was robbed." Abel himself later tweeted, "The Grammys remain corrupt," and demanded an explanation.

You can review all of the selections ahead of the official event airing on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 31.