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Grammy Awards 2018: Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead in Nominations

4:44 is a hit with the judges it seems

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The nominations for The 60th Annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning by The Recording Academy, and if you’re a Jay-Z fan you should be happy about their choices. This year’s class of Grammy nominees was selected from more than 22,000 submissions across 84 categories, the official nominations showcase some of the best music and musicians from the past awards year (which is technically Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2017). This year’s event will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York Sunday, January 28, 2018 on CBS.

Jay-Z leads the way with eight nominations this year (he of course already has 21 nominations total). Jay-Z is followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven, Bruno Mars with six and Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA, who each earn five.

“I’m inspired by this year’s nominees and the incredible talent each possesses,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Their recordings are a true testament to how creatively alive and meaningful our music industry has become. Each nominee uses their craft to inspire, uplift, and tell stories of our world through their artistry. They provide a vibrant soundtrack that represents the highest level of excellence and continues to impact and reflect our culture.”

Below you will find a few of the more popular categories.

Album Of The Year:

  • Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino
  • 4:44 — JAY-Z
  • DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
  • Melodrama — Lorde
  • 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Record Of The Year:

  • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • “The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year:

  • “Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
  • “4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)
  • “Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
  • “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
  • “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist:

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

Best Pop Solo Performance:

  • “Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson
  • “Praying” — Kesha
  • “Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga
  • “What About Us” — P!nk
  • “Shape Of You” — Ed Sheeran

 

Best Rock Performance:

  • “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen
  • “The Promise” — Chris Cornell
  • “Run” — Foo Fighters
  • “No Good” — Kaleo
  • “Go To War” — Nothing More

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

  • Free 6lack — 6lack
  • Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino
  • American Teen — Khalid
  • Ctrl — SZA
  • Starboy — The Weeknd

Best Rap Album:

  • 4:44 — JAY-Z
  • DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
  • Culture — Migos
  • Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody
  • Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

Best Country Album:

  • Cosmic Hallelujah — Kenny Chesney
  • Heart Break — Lady Antebellum
  • The Breaker — Little Big Town
  • Life Changes — Thomas Rhett
  • From A Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton

 

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

  • “City Of Stars” — Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone), Track from La La Land
  • “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho), Track from Moana: The Songs
  • “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Fifty Shades Darker) — Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (ZAYN & Taylor Swift), Track from Fifty Shades Darker
  • “Never Give Up” — Sia Furler & Gregg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia), Track from Lion
  • “Stand Up For Something” — Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day Featuring Common), Track from Marshall

This year’s Grammy Awards is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, Chantal Sausedo is the Talent Producer and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.