2018 Grammy Nominees Announced: Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead the Way

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2018 Grammy Nominees Announced: Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead the Way

The National Academy of Recording Arts has announced the nominees in the running for the 2018 Grammy Awards. The 60th annual ceremony returns to New York City this year, recognizing the best in music released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. Awards will be given for best new artist, record of the year, song of the year and album of the year, as well as myriad genre-specific categories.

Rap/hip-hop artists lead the way in this year’s slate. Jay-Z tops the lot with eight nominations, dipping his toes in the album of the year, record of the year and song of the year categories. Unsurprisingly, as DAMN. was one of Paste’s top picks for our favorite albums this year, Kendrick Lamar holds the second most with seven, and Bruno Mars follows them up with six. SZA is the lady of the moment, garnering the most nominations as a woman with five. Joining her rank are Childish Gambino, Khalid and No I.D., each getting five nominations, as well. And a number of other Paste favorites landed nominations, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Gorillaz, The War on Drugs, Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, Sylvan Esso, Father John Misty, The National and Chris Stapleton.

James Corden will again bear the onus of host this year, and the ceremony takes place on Jan. 28, 2018. Below, see some notable nominations, and check out the complete list here.

Record of the Year:
“Redbone” by Childish Gambino 
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
“The Story of O.J.” by Jay-Z 
“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

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

Song of the Year:
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
“4:44” by Jay-Z 
“Issues” by Julia Michaels
“1-800-273-8255” by Logic
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars

Artist of the Year:
Alessia Cara
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

Best Solo Performance:
“Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson
“Praying” by Kesha
“Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga 
“What About Us” by P!nk
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheehan

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay 
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber 
“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man 
“Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version) by Michael Bublé
Triplicate by Bob Dylan 
In Full Swing by Seth MacFarlane 
Wonderland by Sarah McLachlan 
 Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 by Various Artists

Pop Vocal Album
Kaleidoscope EP by Coldplay 
Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey 
Evolve by Imagine Dragons
Rainbow by Kesha
Joanne by Lady Gaga 
÷ (Divide) by Ed Sheeran 

Best Dance Recording
“Bambro Koyo Ganda” by Bonobo (feat. Innov Gnawa)
“Cola” by Camelphat & Elderbrook
“Andromeda” by Gorillaz (feat. Dram)
“Tonite” by LCD Soundsystem 
“Line of Sight” by Odesza (feat. Wynne & Mansionair)

Dance/Electronic Album:
Migration by Bonobo
3-D the Catalogue by Kraftwerk
Mura Masa by Mura Masa
A Moment Apart by Odesza
What Now by Sylvan Esso 

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
What If by The Jerry Douglas Band
Spirit by Alex Han
Mount Royal by Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Prototype by Jeff Lorber Fusion
Bad Hombre by Antonio Sanchez

Best Rock Performance:
“You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen 
“The Promise” by Chris Cornell
“Run” by Foo Fighters
“No Good” by Kaleo
“Go to War” by Nothing More

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

Best Rock Song
“Atlas, Rise!” by Metallica 
“Blood in the Cut” by K.Flay
“Go to War” by Nothing More
“Run” by Foo Fighters
“The Stage” by Avenged Sevenfold

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

Best Alternative Music Album
Everything Now by Arcade Fire
Humanz by Gorillaz
American Dream by LCD Soundsystem 
Pure Comedy by Father John Misty 
Sleep Well Beast by The National

Best R&B Performance
“Get You” by Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
“Distraction” by Kehlani
“High” by Ledisi
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
“The Weekend” by SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Laugh and Move On” by The Baylor Project
“Redbone” by Childish Gambino 
“What I’m Feelin’” by Anthony Hamilton (feat. The Hamiltones)
“All the Way” by Ledisi
“Still” by Mali Music

Best R&B Song
“First Began” by PJ Morton
“Location” by Khalid
“Redbone” by Childish Gambino 
“Supermodel” by SZA
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Free 6lack by 6lack
Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino 
American Teen by Khalid
Ctrl by SZA
Starboy by The Weeknd 

Best R&B Album
Freudian by Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule by Ledisi
24K Magic by Bruno Mars
Gumbo by PJ Morton
Feel the Real by Musiq Soulchild

Best Rap Performance
“Bounce Back” by Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B
“4:44” by Jay-Z 
“Humble.” by Kendrick Lamar
“Bad and Boujee” by Migos (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
“Prblms” by 6lack
“Crew” by Goldlink (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glitzy)
“Family Feud” by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
“Loyalty.” by Kendrick Lamar (feat. Rihanna)
“Love Galore” by SZA (feat. Travis Scott)

Best Rap Song
“Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B
“Chase Me” by Danger Mouse (feat. Run the Jewels & Big Boi)
“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar
“Sassy” by Rapsody
“The Story of O.J.” by Jay-Z 

Best Rap Album
4:44 by Jay-Z 
DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Culture by Migos
Laila’s Wisdom by Rapsody
Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator

Best Country Solo Performance
“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
“Losing You” by Alison Krauss 
“Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert 
“I Could Use a Love Song” by Maren Morris
“Either Way” by Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“It Ain’t My Fault” by Brothers Osborne
“My Old Man” by Zac Brown Band
“You Look Good” by Lady Antebellum
“Better Man” by Little Big Town
“Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland

Best Country Song
“Better Man” by Little Big Town
“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
“Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland
“Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert 

Best Country Album
Cosmic Hallelujah by Kenny Chesney
Heart Break by Lady Antebellum
The Breaker by Little Big Town
Life Changes by Thomas Rhett
From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton

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