Jay Z is one of the best ever and the fact he gathered nine nominations this year is a huge step forward for hip-hop and recognition among celebrated forms of music. Unfortunately, most of these nominations are for one of his worst albums to date, "Magna Carta Holy Grail." Furthermore, with his loud business pursuits
and constant celebrity limelight, Jay Z hasn't exactly been the most likable figure in hip-hop the past year. To offer some consolation, his performance with wife Beyonce at this year's awards will have to be the apex of his music career and the celebrity couple's stardom. That's not to say the two will just disappear after this Sunday, but it's difficult to think of any additional step up. Additionally, we may have a new rookie to root for with Kendrick Lamar. Lamar is no newcomer to true hip-hop fans, but his 2012 album "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City" got him seven nominations and a Grammy performance. Not to mention, he's like hip-hop's Richard Sherman: loud, proud, and confident. He's already declared himself the king of hip-hop with a verse of Big Sean's "Control" and now it's time for him to show American viewers that it's true.