2018 Grammy Nominees Include Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Cardi B, and Lil Uzi Vert

The 2018 Grammys will take place Jan. 28 in Madison Square Garden in NYC.

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The time has finally arrived for the unveiling of the 2018 Grammy nominations.


The four General Field categories (Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year) were announced first on CBS This Morning by singer Andra Day, while the rest of the field was subsequently unveiled on the official Grammy website.

Jay Z is at the top with eight nominations; he’ll compete against Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars and Lorde for Album of the Year. K-Dot is one behind Hov with seven 2018 nominations; trailing him are Bruno Mars (six nods), then, with five, SZA (also the most-nominated woman), Childish Gambino, No I.D., and Khalid.

Donald Glover’s recognition here follows his crazy 2017 tear, with Atlanta winning a Golden Globe for Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, and Glover himself getting a Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy, then Emmys for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Director for a Comedy Series. As Childish Gambino, he has two previous Grammy nods: Best Rap Performance for “3005” (lost to “i”) and Best Rap Album (lost to The Marshall Mathers LP 2.)

A couple of interesting English pop star snubs this year, each of whom has one of the best-selling albums of 2017: a complete Harry Styles shutout, and Ed Sheeran scoring only two noms for Divide, with neither the LP nor “Shape of You” able to bust out of the Pop Field.

Special congrats to Best New Artist nominees SZA and 666 god Lil Uzi Vert. Check out a selection of nominees below.

Album of the Year

  • Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
  • Jay Z - 4:44
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn
  • Lorde - Melodrama
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Record of the Year

  • Childish Gambino - "Redbone"
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber - "Despacito"
  • Jay Z - "The Story of O.J."
  • Kendrick Lamar - "Humble"
  • Bruno Mars - "24K Magic"

Song of the Year

  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber - "Despacito"
  • Jay Z - "4:44"
  • Julia Michaels - "Issues"
  • Logic f/ Alessia Cara and Khalid - "1-800-273-8255"
  • Bruno Mars - "That's What I Like"

Best New Artist

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

Best Rap Performance

  • Big Sean - "Bounce Back"
  • Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow"
  • Jay Z - "4:44"
  • Kendrick Lamar - "Humble"
  • Migos f/ Lil Uzi Vert - "Bad and Boujee"

Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • 6LACK - "Prblms"
  • Goldlink f/ Brent Faiyaz, Shy Glizzy - "Crew"
  • Jay Z f/ Beyoncé - "Family Feud"
  • Kendrick Lamar f/ Rihanna - "Loyalty"
  • SZA f/ Travis Scott - "Love Galore"

Best Rap Song

  • Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow"
  • Danger Mouse f/ Run the Jewels and Big Boi - "Chase Me"
  • Kendrick Lamar - "Humble"
  • Rapsody - "Sassy"
  • Jay Z - "The Story of O.J."

Best Rap Album

  • Jay Z - 4:44
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn
  • Migos - Culture
  • Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
  • Tyler, the Creator - Scum Fuck Flower Boy

Best R&B Performance

  • Daniel Caesar f/ Kali Uchis - "Get You"
  • Kehlani - "Distraction"
  • Ledisi - "High"
  • Bruno Mars - "That’s What I Like"
  • SZA - "The Weekend"

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • The Baylor Project - "Laugh and Move On"
  • Childish Gambino - "Redbone"
  • Anthony Hamilton f/ The Hamiltones - "What I’m Feelin’"
  • Ledisi - "All the Way"
  • Mali Music - "Still"

Best R&B Song

  • PJ Morton - "First Began"
  • Khalid - "Location"
  • Childish Gambino - "Redbone"
  • SZA - "Supermodel"
  • Bruno Mars - "That’s What I Like"

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • 6LACK - Free 6LACK
  • Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
  • Khalid - American Teen
  • SZA - Ctrl
  • The Weeknd - Starboy

Best R&B Album

  • Daniel Caesar - Freudian
  • Ledisi - Let Love Rule
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • PJ Morton - Gumbo
  • Musiq Soulchild - Feel the Real

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Arcade Fire - Everything Now
  • Gorillaz - Humanz
  • LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
  • Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
  • The National - Sleep Well Beast

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Calvin Harris
  • Greg Kurstin
  • Blake Mills
  • No I.D.
  • The Stereotypes

The 60th annual Grammy Awards take place Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The better-be-dominated-by-Damn evening will be broadcast on CBS. See the full list of nominations here.


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