Grammy Nominees Announced: Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead the Way

02 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Lone leading lady Lorde is the only woman nominated for theĀ Album of the Year award at this year's Grammys

Nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton leading the country contingent, earning three nods apiece. But will the academy follow through with some actual awards for those era-dominating genres when the winners in the major categories are announced in a nationally televised show January 28?

Meanwhile this year, Jay-Z is the leader of the pack, as he gained the most nominations for the 2018 Grammys. The last artist with even tentative links to R&B to win album of the year was Whitney Houston, in 1994.

More Life, which reached number one in the U.S. and number two in the United Kingdom album charts, was missed off the list after a source close to the nomination process said he did not submit the record for Album of the Year or Best Rap Album. Lamar has been nominated twice before and lost both times and Jay-Z, whose two-decade career has produced 14 number one albums, has also never won the award.

According to CBC News, the source said Drake did also not submit any songs from the album for categories such as Song of the Year, Record of the Year, or Best Rap Song.

JAY-Z leads with eight nominations and will face off against Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars for Record and Album of the Year.

Last time The Album of the Year category this year marks the first time in 19 years that no white men have been nominated
Last time The Album of the Year category this year marks the first time in 19 years that no white men have been nominated

Major pop artists snubbed in the big categories were singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, whose album "Reputation" was released too late for Grammy consideration but whose single "Look What You Made Me Do" was eligible.

Contenders for record of the year include Jay-Z for "The Story of O.J.", Kendrick Lamar for "HUMBLE.", Bruno Mars for "24K Magic", Childish Gambino for "Redbone", and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber for "Despacito".

Every year, the Grammy Award nominations can be described using the same basic terms: predictable, embarrassing, oblivious, etc.

Best New Artist: Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, SZA. The 60th annual ceremony returns to New York City this year, recognizing the best in music released between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

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