November 28, 2017 at 11:55 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar lead diverse 2018 Grammy nominations

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The 60th Annual Grammys Awards announced its 2018 nominees with rap and R&B artists making their mark on the top four major categories.

Singer Audra Day announced the nominations for the four major categories of record of the year, song of the year, best new artist and album of the year.

JAY-Z leads this year’s nominations with a total of eight nominations including album, song, and record of the year. His album “4:44,” which includes his mother’s coming out, will battle against Bruno Mars’  “24K Magic, “Damn” by Kendrick Lamar,” “Melodrama” by Lorde and “Awaken My Love!” by Childish Gambino.

Kendrick Lamar is close behind with a total of seven nominations for his album “Damn.” Lady Gaga also scored nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Million Reasons” and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Joanne.”

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will air from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday Jan. 28 on CBS.

Album of the Year

“Awaken My Love!,” Childish Gambino

“4:44,” JAY-Z

“Damn,” Kendrick Lamar

“Melodrama,” Lorde

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Song of the Year

“Despacito” Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)

“4:44” Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

“Issues” Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

“1-800-273-8255” Sir Robert Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Alessia Caracciolo, Khalid Robinson, Drew Taggart, 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 and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (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

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels


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 Vocal Album

“Kaleidoscope EP,” Coldplay

“Lust For Life,” Lana Del Rey

“Evolve,” Imagine Dragons

“Rainbow,” Kesha

“Joanne,” Lady Gaga

“÷ (Divide),” Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance 

“Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

“Thunder,” Imagine Dragons

“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man

“Stay,” Zedd & Alessia Cara

Traditional Vocal Album

“Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version),” Michael Bublé

“Triplicate,” Bob Dylan

“In Full Swing,” Seth MacFarlane

“Wonderland,” Sarah McLachlan

“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” Various Artists

Best Rap Album

“4:44,” JAY-Z

“Damn,” Kendrick Lamar

“Culture,” Migos

“Laila’s Wisdom,” Rapsody

“Flower Boy,” Tyler, the Creator

Best 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

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 Country 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 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 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 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 Performance

“Get You,” Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis

“Distraction,” Kehlani

“High,” Ledisi

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

“The Weekend,” SZA

Best R&B Urban Contemporary Album

“Free 6lack,” 6lack

“Awaken, My Love!,” Childish Gambino

“American Teen,” Khalid

“Ctrl,” SZA

“Starboy,” the Weeknd

Best Dance Electronic Album

“Migration,” Bonobo

“3-D the Catalogue,” Kraftwerk

“Mura Masa,” Mura Masa

“A Moment Apart,” Odesza

“What Now,” Sylvan Esso

Best Dance Recording

“Bambro Koyo Ganda,” Bonobo featuring Innov Gnawa

“Cola,” Camelphat & Elderbrook

“Andromeda,” Gorillaz featuring Dram

“Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem

“Line of Sight,” Odesza featuring Wynne & Mansionair

Best 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)

Best Song Written For Visual Media

“City of Stars,” Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone)

“How Far I’ll Go,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Zayn & Taylor Swift)

“Never Give Up,” Sia Furler & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia)

“Stand Up for Something,” Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day featuring Common)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

“Arrival,” Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer, composer

“Game of Thrones: Season 7,” Ramin Djawadi, composer

“Hidden Figures,” Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers

“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz, composer

Best Music Video

“Up All Night,” (Beck) Canada, video director; Laura Serra Estorch & Oscar Romagosa, video producers

“Makeba” — (Jain) Lionel Hirle & Gregory Ohrel, video directors; Yodelice, video producer

“The Story of O.J.” — (Jay-Z) Shawn Carter & Mark Romanek, video directors; Daniel Midgley, video producer

“Humble.” — (Kendrick Lamar) The Little Homies & Dave Meyers, video directors; Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K. Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith, video producers

“1-800-273-8255″ — (Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) Andy Hines, video director; Andrew Lerios, video producer

Best Music Film

“One More Time With Feeling” (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) Andrew Dominik, video director; Dulcie Kellett & James Wilson, video producers

“Long Strange Trip” (The Grateful Dead) Amir Bar-Lev, video director; Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff & Justin Kreutzmann, video producers

“The Defiant Ones” (Various Artists) Allen Hughes, video director; Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams, video producers

“Soundbreaking” (Various Artists) Maro Chermayeff & Jeff Dupre, video directors; Joshua Bennett, Julia Marchesi, Sam Pollard, Sally Rosenthal, Amy Schewel & Warren Zanes, video producers

Best Spoken Word Album

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen

“Confessions of a Serial Songwriter,” Shelly Peiken

“Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders),” Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo

“The Princess Diarist,” Carrie Fisher

Best Comedy Album

“The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Dave Chappelle

“Cinco,” Jim Gaffigan

“Jerry Before Seinfeld,” Jerry Seinfeld

“A Speck of Dust,” Sarah Silverman

“What Now?,” Kevin Hart

Best Musical Theater Album

“Come From Away” — Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, David Hein, David Lai & Irene Sankoff, producers; David Hein & Irene Sankoff, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

“Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

“Hello, Dolly!” — Bette Midler, principal soloist; Steven Epstein, producer (Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording)

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