The Grammys: NJ natives among the 2016 nominees
Many of the nation's most popular new artists will take the stage for tonight's Grammys and among them will be several New Jerseyans, hoping to go home with awards.
Charlie Puth, a singer-songwriter from Rumsen and Paterson emcee Fetty Wap are among the New Jerseyans nominated for the award show's top categories.
Puth's song, "See You Again," a track from the "Furious 7" soundtrack, was nominated for Song of the Year. He will compete against artists such as Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and country music artist Little Big Town. The same, which he co-wrote with rapper Wiz Khalifa, was also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and received a nod in the Best Song for Visual Media category.
Billboard top recording artist Fetty Wap received nominations for his hit "Trap Queen." The song was nominated for two categories including best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Fetty has some tough competition, including the likes of Kanye West, Drake, and Nicki Minaj.
Several other New Jersey residents were also nominated for awards in less prominent categories, according to NJ Advance Media.
Jackson native Knxwledge, who produced Kendrick Lamar's LP "To Pimp a Butterfly, received a nod for Album of the Year, NJ Advance Media reported. Montclair jazz bassist Christian McBride was nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Shemekia Copeland of Teaneck, was nominated in the Best Blues Album category and West Orange jazz pianist Bill Charlap received a nod in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Also, Patti Smith of Woodbury and Janis Ian of East orange will compete for an award for Best Spoken Word album, the NJ Advance Media stated.
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