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JAY-Z leads with most nominations at the 60th GRAMMYs as the award show heads back to New York

Vincent Patierno

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It’s the song that gave him instant recognition—the twenty-first century “New York State of Mind,” made famous by 6-time GRAMMY award winner, Billy Joel in 1976—JAY-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” is one that gave a new definition to the “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.”

This Sunday, music’s biggest night will head back to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time since 2003.

Hip-hop mogul, JAY-Z, leads the evening with eight nominations going into the milestone event, including “Album of the Year” for his 2017 “4:44” album, and “Record of the Year” for “The Story of O.J.,” a song he said allows for listeners to have a conversation on race present day.

“I’m specifically speaking to us [as black Americans]. And about who we are and how do you maintain the sense of self while pushing it forward and holding us to have a responsibility for our actions. Because in America, it is what it is. And there’s a solution for us: If we had a power base together, it would be a much different conversation than me having a conversation by myself and trying to change America by myself.”

Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn,” Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” and Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” are also heading into the evening with nods for Album of the Year—one of the most diverse groupings of nominees in GRAMMY history.

With heavy conversation surrounding the “Me Too” and “#Timesup” movements against sexual harassment, members of the music industry will arrive on the red carpet Sunday dressed with white-roses, after the film industry took part in a “blackout” on the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet.

Check out the list of 2018 nominees below.

 

The Grammys will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28.

 

Category 1 – Record Of The Year

  • Redbone

    Childish Gambino

    Ludwig Goransson, producer; Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, Riley Mackin & Ruben Rivera, engineers/mixers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer.

  • Despacito

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

    Josh Gudwin, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, producers; Josh Gudwin & Jaycen Joshua, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer.

  • The Story Of O.J.

    JAY-Z

    JAY-Z & No I.D., producers; Jimmy Douglas & Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer.

  • HUMBLE.

    Kendrick Lamar

    Mike Will Made It, producer; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, James Hunt & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer.

  • 24K Magic

    Bruno Mars

    Shampoo Press & Curl, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer.    

Category 2 – Album Of The Year

 

  • “Awaken, My Love!”

    Childish Gambino

    Ludwig Goransson, producer; Bryan Carrigan, Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, Riley Mackin & Ruben Rivera, engineers/mixers; Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer.

  • 4:44

    JAY-Z

    JAY-Z & No I.D., producers; Jimmy Douglas & Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, engineers/mixers; Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer.

  • DAMN.

    Kendrick Lamar

    DJ Dahi, Sounwave & Anthony Tiffith, producers; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, James Hunt & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; K. Duckworth, D. Natche, M. Spears & A. Tiffith, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer.

  • Melodrama

    Lorde

    Jack Antonoff & Lorde, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Ella Yelich-O’Connor, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer.

  • 24K Magic

    Bruno Mars

    Shampoo Press & Curl, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers/mixers; Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer.

Category 3 – 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 & 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).

Category 4 – Best New Artist

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

Category 5 – 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

Category 6 – 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

Category 7 – Best Traditional Pop 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)

    Dae Bennett, Producer

Category 8 – Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Kaleidoscope EP

    Coldplay

  • Lust For Life

    Lana Del Rey

  • Evolve

    Imagine Dragons

  • Rainbow

    Kesha

  • Joanne

    Lady Gaga

  • ÷ (Divide)

    Ed Sheeran

Source: Billboard.com

See the remaining 74 categories at Billboard.com

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