News: Drake, Q-Tip & Keri Hilson React To Grammy Nods, "I Belong To The Youngest Grammy Nominated Crew"

Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 11:10AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Drake, Q-Tip and Keri Hilson have shared their reactions to receiving Grammy nominations for next month's annual awards ceremony and thanked fans for their support.

Writing via Twitter, Drake expressed his loyalty to Lil Wayne's Young Money record label.

"'I belong to the youngest grammy nominated crew' YM Forever," Drizzy wrote Thursday (December 3) morning. (Drake's Twitter)

Nominated for "Best Rap Album of the Year," Tip vowed to keep making great music.

"THANK U ALL FOR THE CONGRATULATORY GESTURES!!!," Tip wrote Thursday via Twitter. "thank you all for the salute for the grammy nod! its all good yall with the grammies but i just wanna keep this music crazy 4 yall.. thats my focus." (Q-Tip's Twitter)

Hilson also expressed her gratitude and surprise.

"Tune into CBS right NOW!!! Grammy Nomination special!!!! LL Cool J is hosting yet performing right now," she wrote on Twitter. "OMG I just found out I'm nominated for TWO GRAMMY'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!! Best New Artist & Best Rap/Sung Collabo!! DILLIGENCE IS REWARDED. Your time will come. Keep working & improving every day, accept criticism, and never cease the fight to make ur dream reality. This process is called your story." (Keri Hilson's Twitter)

This year's ceremony is led by Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

R&B singer Beyonce led the field of Grammy contenders with 10 nominations, followed by teen country sensation Taylor Swift with eight, organizers of the music industry's top awards said on Wednesday. Black Eyed Peas, R&B singer Maxwell and rapper Kanye West each had six nominations, with Lady Gaga and rapper Jay-Z getting five apiece. (Reuters)

Rappers like Eminem and Common are also up for awards.

R&B Album: "The Point Of It All," Anthony Hamilton; "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love and Politics," India.Arie; "Turn Me Loose," Ledisi; "Blacksummers' Night," Maxwell; "Uncle Charlie," Charlie Wilson. Rap Album: "Universal Mind Control," Common; "Relapse," Eminem; "R.O.O.T.S.," Flo Rida; "The Ecstatic," Mos Def; "The Renaissance," Q-Tip (Associated Press)

Winners in all categories of the 52nd annual event will be announced at a televised awards ceremony on Jan 31.

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