November 23, 2019
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Grammy nominations 2018: Jay-Z leads with eight, followed by Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar

Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars will vie for the major Grammy awards in January, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.

Jay-Z’s album “4:44″ propelled him to eight nods, followed by Lamar (“DAMN.”) with seven and Mars (“24K Magic”) with six. They’re all up for album of the year alongside Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” and Lorde’s “Melodrama.”

In addition, Jay-Z’s much buzzed-about title track “4:44″ (which some interpret to be an apology to his wife, Beyoncé) is nominated for song of the year, along with the absolutely inescapable summer smash “Despacito” from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber. They’ll compete with Mars’s “That’s What I Like” and Logic’s suicide hotline anthem “1-800-273-8255.” Julia Michaels, also a best new artist nominee, rounds out the category with her debut hit, “Issues.”

The Grammy Awards will air Sunday, Jan. 28 on CBS and be hosted, once again, by James Corden.

Album of the year:

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

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Glover, the star of FX hit “Atlanta,” is the rare actor who can go from the Emmys to (likely) the Golden Globes to the Grammys. But “Awaken, My Love!” has extremely tough competition next to Lamar’s “DAMN.” (a lock for this category) and “4:44,” which blew up the Internet when it was released this summer. Not to mention the long-awaited “Melodrama,” Lorde’s sophomore album that arrived four years after her wildly successful debut. And Mars, of course, has had a string of mainstream hits from “24K Magic.”

Record of the year:

“Redbone,” Childish Gambino
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story of O.J.,” Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Could this trophy go to any song other than “Despacito,” the Spanish-language dance track that took over the world? Probably not, although critics loved Lamar’s No. 1 hit “HUMBLE.” and “Redbone” was Childish Gambino’s highest-charting song.

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 and 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)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Refreshingly, it’s one of those years where record and song are almost completely different categories (aside from “Despacito,” of course). Again, “4:44″ may have been Jay-Z’s most-discussed song, as it directly responds to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and, more tantalizingly, takes responsibility for his infidelity. While “Issues” and “That’s What I Like” were big commercial hits, Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” named after the suicide hotline, has made a huge social impact, so that could easily take the prize.

Best new artist:

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

IMMEDIATE REACTION: This category of young singer-songwriters played out like many predictions expected, with breakout R&B stars Khalid (age 19) and SZA (age 27), along with rapper Lil Uzi Vert (age 23), making the cut. Pop singers Julia Michaels (age 24) and Alessia Cara (age 21) round out the list of nominees. Unlike the other categories, which have some pretty strong front-runners, the winner here is genuinely anyone’s guess.

Best pop vocal album:

“Kaleidoscope EP,” Coldplay
“Lust for Life,” Lana Del Rey
“Evolve,” Imagine Dragons
“Rainbow,” Kesha
“Joanne,” Lady Gaga
“÷ (Divide),” Ed Sheeran

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 pop duo/group performance:

“Something Just Like This,” the Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Thunder,” Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still,” Portugal. the Man
“Stay,” Zedd and Alessia Cara

Best rap song:

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

Best rap/sung performance:

“PRBLMS,” 6lack
“Crew,” GoldLink featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud,” Jay-z featuring Beyoncé
“LOYALTY.,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
“Love Galore,” SZA

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 rock album:

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

Best rock song:

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

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 R&B album:

“Freudian,” Daniel Caesar
“Let Love Rule,” Ledisi
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars
“Gumbo,” PJ Morton
“Feel the Real,” Musiq Souldchild

Best R&B song:

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

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

Best alternative music album:

“Everything Now,” Arcade Fire
“Humanz,” Gorillaz
“American Dream,” LCD Soundsystem
“Pure Comedy,” Father John Misty
“Sleep Well Beast,” the National

Best country song:

“Better Man,” Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
“Body Like a Back Road,” Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
“Broken Halos,” Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
“Tin Man,” Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best country solo performance:

“Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt
“Losing You,” Alison Krauss
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
“I Could Use A Love Song,” Maren Morris
“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Best pop duo/group performance:

“It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne
“My Old Man,” Zac Brown Band
“You Look Good,” Lady Antebellum
“Better Man,” Little Big Town
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland

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 music video:

“Up All Night,” Beck
“Makeba,” Jain
“The Story of O.J.,” Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar
“1-800-273-8255,” Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid


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