ESPN Music: Jay-Z
It could be a banner night for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are up for Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.
Jay Z, who leads all artists with nine nominations, is also up for the best rap album award, as are Drake and Kanye West.
Also vying for Album Of The Year are Sara Bareilles and Daft Punk, while James Blake, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran are nominated for Best New Artist.
Believe it or not, it is actually possible to fail a music-video cameo. Still skeptical? Check out the five videos below.
Bowie, famously picked ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft, has not only been a frequent target of sports fans following his underwhelming 10-year career, but he's also a punch line for rappers.
Multiple leg injuries limited the 7-footer to just 511 games in the league and prevented him from living up to immense pre-draft hype. He stopped by ESPN Playbook to talk about his reputation and its place in hip-hop lore.
In the rap world, the name “Sam Bowie” has become synonymous with failure. Jadakiss, Joe Budden and, most notably, Jay-Z have all referred to the Kentucky alum in disparaging ways over the years.
Having grown used to the criticism, Bowie has learned to tune out most of the naysayers. However, it is difficult to ignore when rap’s biggest stars are calling you out.
Sure, they're outnumbered by designer names — but we're not counting those, dummy. (And we didn't even include the Ric Flair reference, either.) In any event, as you enjoy your "Cruel Summer," take a breeze through all of the sports-related lyrical references on the album ...