I loved “Shake It Off,” then we had to really sit down together and focus. We’re on our way to the video shoot now for the song “Infinity,” and it was the same type of reaction when he heard that song. I love her music so much and we’re like brother and sister. When I hear it on the radio, I can tell something when it comes across that it’s going to be a big record. Reid: I really did know it was that special record. A lady pulled up beside me singing the song at the top of her lungs and her windows down.I’m used to be being the most focused person in the room, but on this particular track, Jermaine was so focused. Dupri: That was the first time that Johntá was brought in to write. comes down with all of his money people as I’m singing, “When you left, I lost a part of me,” over the outro and my friend Tracy Cloherty [former Hot 97 programmer and current BET exec] stopped by. She was on the top of her game and wrote an incredible song. When he heard the song, he felt like it was a really big record, but we knew we had to get two videos out at once. The rumors that we were dating were ridiculous because we’ve been friends for 20 years. You can listen to the people that were talking, the air jocks, they’ll say something like, “Mariah’s back.” You could tell that conversation was leading to this song becoming what it is. I said, “I’ll be damned, she cracked the code.” This is what we look for when we make music.Queen Bey followed close behind with 8 nominations including the Album/Mixtape of the Year Award for her groundbreaking album Lemonade.The all-star nominee lineup continued with artists like Usher, Rihanna, Kanye West and DJ Khaled who received nods in several categories. FRENCH MONTANA & INFARED - ALL THE WAY UP HELLO – WRITTEN BY: ADELE LAURIE BLUE ADKINS, GREGORY ALLEN KURSTIN (ADELE) RISE UP – WRITTEN BY: ANDRA DAY, JENNIFER DECILVEO (ANDRA DAY) FORMATION – WRITTEN BY: MICHAEL L.On what was supposed to be the eve of Carey’s comeback, one of her most trusted advisors sent her down to Atlanta for just one more try at a true smash, uniting her with her longtime songwriting partner, Jermaine Dupri. First two songs we did were “Get Your Number and “It’s Like That.” She came and we got that, and it [“It’s Like That”] became the first single.When she came back, we said, “Let’s do a ballad.” So we ended up making two ballads.The album produced four chart-topping singles in the US and began what would become a string of commercially successful albums which solidified the singer as Columbias highest selling act.
Me, Jermaine, and Johntá [Austin] were writing for the album.The next generation of soul also got the recognition it deserves with nods to Bryson Tiller, Anderson . WILLIAMS II, BEYONCÉ KNOWLES, KHALIF BROWN, AAQUIL BROWN, ASHETON HOGAN, (BEYONCÉ) DON’T – WRITTEN BY: JOHNTÁ M. FRENCH MONTANA & INFARED - ALL THE WAY UP RIHANNA FT.Paak and Chance the Rapper in the categories of Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and Rhythm & Bars (formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year). AUSTIN, MARIAH CAREY, BRYAN-MICHAEL COX, JERMAINE DUPRI, TAVORIS JAVON HOLLINS, ISOM BRANDON STEWART, BRYSON DEJUAN TILLER (BRYSON TILLER) NEEDED ME – WRITTEN BY: NICHOLAS VALENTINO AUDINO, RACHEL DERRUS, ADAM KING FEENEY, ROBYN R. Earlier today it was announced that the Godmother of Soul Erykah Badu will be returning to the Las Vegas stage to host this year's Soul Train Awards, as well as the all-star nominee lineup!Canadian R&B star Drake found himself in the lead with 12 nominees including two for the coveted Video of the Year Award for his feature in Rihanna's "Work" and his hit single "Hotline Bling".The project was poorly received and led to a general decline in the singer's career.