The nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards were announced on CBS this morning, with Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and JAY-Z among the most notable nominees. Jay is the most-nominated artist this year, with eight, for his latest release 4:44. It is up against Lamar’s DAMN., Lorde’s Melodrama, Bruno Mars‘ 24K Magic and Childish Gambino‘s Awaken! My Love for the coveted Album of the Year. It is Jay’s first-ever nomination for Album of the Year. He is now the third-most nominated artist in Grammy history, trailing Quincy Jones and Paul McCartney.
For Record of the Year, the nominees are Childish Gambino for “Redbone,” the smash “Desapacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, JAY-Z’s “The Story of O.J.,” “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar and “24K Magic” from Bruno Mars. Nominees for Song of the Year, which goes to the songwriters, are “Desapacito,” Jay’s “4:44” title track, “Issues” by Julia Michaels, Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid with “1-800-273-8255” and Mars’ “That’s What I Like.”
The Best New Artist Grammy nominees are Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA.
“I’m inspired by this year’s nominees and the incredible talent each possesses,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement. “Their recordings are a true testament to how creatively alive and meaningful our music industry has become. Each nominee uses their craft to inspire, uplift, and tell stories of our world through their artistry. They provide a vibrant soundtrack that represents the highest level of excellence and continues to impact and reflect our culture.”
You can find the complete list of Grammy nods here. The Grammys will be handed out January 28, 2018 on CBS.