Grammy Nominations 2018: JAY-Z & Kendrick Lamar Dominate Hip Hop-Heavy List

Santa Monica, CA – JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar are the frontrunners at the 2018 Grammy Awards, notching an impressive eight and seven nominations, respectively.

JAY-Z’s nominations include Record Of The Year (“The Story Of O.J.”), Song Of The Year (“4:44”) and Album of the Year (4:44). Jigga, an already 21-time GRAMMY Award-winner, has also been nominated in every Rap category, as well as Best Music Video for “The Story Of O.J.”

Kendrick Lamar comes in second, including nominations for Album Of The Year (DAMN.) and Record Of The Year (“HUMBLE.”).

Elsewhere, Lil Uzi Vert and SZA scored nominations for Best New Artist, along with Alessia Cara and Khalid — both of whom appeared on Logic’s “1-800-273-8255.”

Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” earned a nod for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

Best Rap Album nominees include JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar, as well as Migos (Culture), Rapsody (Laila’s Wisdom) and Tyler The Creator (Flower Boy).

The nominations include recordings released from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. The Recording Academy has previously said it received over 22,000 submissions.

The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28.

Check out the nominations list below.

Album Of The Year

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

“4:44” — Jay-Z

“Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar

“Melodrama” — Lorde

“24K Magic” — 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

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)

New artist

Alessia Cara

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

Pop solo performance

“Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson

“Praying” — Kesha

“Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga

“What About Us” — P!nk

“Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

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

R&B performance

“Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis

“Distraction” — Kehlani

“High” — Ledisi

“That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

“The Weekend” — SZA

Traditional R&B performance

“Laugh and Move On” — the Baylor Project

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“What I’m Feelin’” — Anthony Hamilton teaturing the Hamiltones

“All the Way” — Ledisi

“Still” — Mali Music

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)

Urban contemporary album

“Free 6lack” — 6lack

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

“American Teen” — Khalid

“Ctrl” — SZA

“Starboy” — the Weeknd

R&B album

“Freudian” — Daniel Caesar

“Let Love Rule” — Ledisi

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

“Gumbo” — PJ Morton

“Feel the Real’ — Musiq Soulchild

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

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

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” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)

“The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Best Rap Album

4:44 – Jay-Z

DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

Culture – Migos

Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody

Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator

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

See the full list of categories here.

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