Rap artist Jay-Z leads the Grammy Award nominations with 8. Fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar follows with 7. In fact, the top four categories were dominated by rap and R&B artists, no rock or country acts were nominated in the top four categories.
Jay-Z or Lamar could make history next year when the Grammys take place in New York City on Jan. 28, aired on CBS: Either album could become only the third rap-based album to win album of the year ever; and either song could become the first in the rap genre to win record or song of the year.
Childish Gambino, better known as Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Donald Glover, scored five nominations.
“Despacito” was nominated for song and record of the year — two separate awards. Other song of the year nominees are Bruno Mars’ No. 1 hit, “That’s What I Like”; the title track from Jay-Z’s “4:44”; rapper Logic’s suicide prevention anthem, “1-800-273-8255”; and “Issues” by Julia Michaels, the singer who has written hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and other pop stars. Michaels is also nominated for best new artist along with singers Khalid and Alessia Cara.
Ed Sheeran, while snubbed in the top categories, did earn a nomination for his album, “Divide,” which happens 2 b the second best-selling album of the year, while his No. 1 hit, “Shape of You,” is up for best pop solo performance.
Kesha earns her first Grammy nomination for best pop vocal album with “Rainbow.” Kesha has been locked in a legal battle with former mentor and producer Dr. Luke. She was also nominated for best pop solo performance for “Praying.”
Altogether, albums and songs from 84 categories were nominated for the 60th annual Grammys. Songs had to be released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. This is the first year the Grammys used online voting for its main awards show.