The 2018 GRAMMY Nominations Are Here & Someone Must've Told Them About Hip-Hop

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The Grammys really might not mess this one up! After a streak of snubbing deserving albums by black artists in the Album of the Year category—and 10 years since a black artist took home the award—this year’s nominations seem ready to right the ship, with four of the five slots belonging to artists of color. (And all five nominees are worthy picks, for a change.)

Jay-Z leads all artists with eight nominations, and Kendrick Lamar is close behind with seven. They’ll probably duke it out for Album of the Year, barring any interruption from Donald Glover’s quest for the EGOT. (Awaken, My Love! and “Redbone” were surprises in the top categories.) Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” seems well-positioned to make a splash, too, as the only track with both Record and Song of the Year nominations.


Some weird things: Lorde only notched one nomination, for Album of the Year. Maybe voters didn’t know where to slate her genre-defying Melodrama? (I say it would have been at home in either pop or alternative album categories.) Ed Sheeran and The Weekend were shut out of the three major categories. Lil Uzi Vert, Best New Artist, good! And yes, the dubiously titled “Urban Contemporary Album” category is still around. Check out most of the nominations below, and the full list here.

Album of the Year

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

Record of the Year

Childish Gambino —“Redbone”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee —“Despacito” (Feat. Justin Bieber)
Jay-Z — “The Story Of O.J.”
Kendrick Lamar —“Humble.”
Bruno Mars —“24K Magic”


Song of the Year

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


Best New Artist

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Best Pop Solo Performance

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


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay — “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber — “Despacito”
Imagine Dragons — “Thunder”
Portugal. The Man — “Feel It Still”
Zedd & Alessia Cara — “Stay”


Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay — Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey — Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons — Evolve
Kesha — Rainbow
Lady Gaga — Joanne
Ed Sheeran — ÷ (Divide)


Best Rap Performance

“Bounce Back” — Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
“4:44” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“Bad And Boujee” — Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert


Best Rap/Sung Performance

Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy — “Crew”
Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé — “Family Feud”
Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna — “LOYALTY.”
SZA Featuring Travis Scott — “Love Galore”


Best Rap Song

Cardi B — “Bodak Yellow” (Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters)
Danger Mouse Feat. Run the Jewels and Big Boi —“Chase Me” (Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters)
Kendrick Lamar — “HUMBLE.” (Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters)
Rapsody —“Sassy” (Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters)
Jay-Z — “The Story Of O.J.” (Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters)


Best Rap Album

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


Best Dance Recording

Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa — “Bambro Koyo Ganda”
Camelphat & Elderbrook — “Cola”
Gorillaz Featuring DRAM — “Andromeda”
LCD Soundsystem — “Tonite”
Odesza Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair — “Line Of Sight”


Best Dance/Electronic Album

Bonobo — Migration
Kraftwerk — 3-D The Catalogue
Mura Masa — Mura Masa
Odesza — A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso — What Now


Best Rock Performance

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


Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red — “Invisible Enemy”
Body Count — “Black Hoodie”
Code Orange — “Forever”
Mastodon — “Sultan’s Curse”
Meshuggah — “Clockworks”


Best Rock Song

Metallica — “Atlas, Rise!” — (James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters)
K. Flay — “Blood In The Cut” — (JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters)
Nothing More — “Go To War” — (Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters)
Foo Fighters — “Run” — (Foo Fighters, songwriters)
Avenged Sevenfold — “The Stage” — (Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters)


Best Rock Album

Mastodon — Emperor Of Sand
Metallica — Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More — The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age — Villains
The War on Drugs — A Deeper Understanding


Best Alternative Music Album

Arcade Fire — Everything Now
Gorillaz — Humanz — Gorillaz
LCD Soundsystem — American Dream
Father John Misty — Pure Comedy
The National — Sleep Well Beast


Best R&B Performance

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


Best Traditional R&B Performance

The Baylor Project — “Laugh And Move On” — The Baylor Project
Childish Gambino — “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones — “What I’m Feelin’”
Ledisi — “All The Way”
Mali Music — “Still”


Best R&B Song

PJ Morton — “First Began” — (PJ Morton, songwriter)
Khalid — “Location” — (Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters)
Childish Gambino — “Redbone” — (Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters)
SZA — “Supermodel” — (Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters)
Bruno Mars —“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)


Best Urban Contemporary Album

6LACK — Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino — “Awaken, My Love!”
Khalid — American Teen
SZA — Ctrl
The Weeknd — Starboy


Best R&B Album

Daniel Caesar — Freudian
Ledisi — Let Love Rule
Bruno Mars — 24K Magic
PJ Morton — Gumbo
Musiq Soulchild — Feel The Real


Best Country Album

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

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