Jay-Z and hip-hop lead 2018 Grammy nominations

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The 2018 Grammy nominations have finally been announced. This morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for all categories but the attention was on the reveal of the four highly coveted nominations: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Following the 2017 Grammys where Adele and pop music dominated, it seems as though hip-hop is coming for everything it deserves with the most nominations in the top 2018 categories. Jay-Z leads the pack with eight nominations, while Kendrick Lamar treads closely behind with seven. Modern-day soul and R&B god Bruno Mars picked up six nominations. Rolling out favorite SZA holds it down for female singers with five nominations, making her the 2018 Grammys most nominated woman. The incredibly multifaceted Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, and newcomer R&B singer Khalid are tied with five nominations. The not-so “regular degular shmegular girl from the Bronx” Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” also was nominated for Best Rap Song. On the Radar artist Daniel Caesar also snagged two nominations for best R&B performance of his song “Get You feat. Kali Uchis’ and best R&B album for Freudian.

The 60th Grammys will air live on CBS on Jan. 28, 2018, at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Check out the nominees for some of the categories we’re most excited to find out the winners for:

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” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • “4:44” — Jay-Z
  • “Issues” — Julia Michaels
  • “1-800-273-8255” — Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid
  • “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

New artist

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

R&B performance

  • “Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
  • “Distraction” — Kehlani
  • “High” — Ledisi
  • “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
  • “The Weekend” — SZA

Traditional R&B performance

  • “Laugh and Move On” — the Baylor Project
  • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
  • “What I’m Feelin'” — Anthony Hamilton teaturing the Hamiltones
  • “All the Way” — Ledisi
  • “Still” — Mali Music

R&B song

  • “First Began” —PJ Morton
  • “Location” — Khalid
  • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
  • “Supermodel” —SZA
  • “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album

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

R&B album

  • “Freudian” — Daniel Caesar
  • “Let Love Rule” — Ledisi
  • “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
  • “Gumbo” — PJ Morton
  • “Feel the Real’ — Musiq Soulchild

Rap/sung performance

  • “Prblms” — 6lack
  • “Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  • “Family Feud” — Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé
  • “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
  • “Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott

Rap song

  • “Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
  • “Chase Me” — Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi
  • “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “Sassy” — Rapsody
  • “The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z

Rap album

  • “4:44” — Jay-Z
  • “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “Culture” — Migos
  • “Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody
  • “Flower Boy” — Tyler, the Creator

Gospel performance/song

  • “Too Hard Not To” — Tina Campbell
  • “You Deserve It” — JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn
  • “Better Days” — Le’Andria
  • “My Life” — the Walls Group
  • “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans

Gospel album

  • “Crossover: Live From Music City” — Travis Greene
  • “Bigger Than Me” — Le’Andria
  • “Close” — Marvin Sapp
  • “Sunday Song” — Anita Wilson
  • “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans

Compilation soundtrack for visual media

  • “Baby Driver” (Various Artists)
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2” (Various Artists)
  • “Hidden Figures: The Album” (Various Artists)
  • “La La Land” (Various Artists)
  • “Moana: The Songs” (Various Artists)


Nia Chantal
Nia Chantal

Journalist. Actress. Music Lover. Concert- Goer. Travel Enthusiast. Beauty Addict. Just a Southern girl living life to the fullest. Follow my journey on Instagram @niachantal

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