Grammy Album of the Year Contenders
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Jay Z, "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
Previous number of nominations for Album of the Year: 0
"Magna Carta Holy Grail" was an experiment on Hov's part, but not in sound. The rapper made a high-profile deal with Samsung to release the 16-song set early and for free via app. Despite guest spots from wifey Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross and Frank Ocean, it's far from the rapper's strongest efforts, if not one of his worst
Why a nomination is likely/unlikely: It's shocking that a rapper as distinguished and important as Jay Z has never received an Album of the Year nod, and it'd be a shame if Academy voters only cast votes toward it due to "Magna Carta's" trailblazing partnership PR. There are stronger rap efforts, so it's probably, again, not Jay Z's year.
- Katie Hasty