The GRAMMY Awards 2018: Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, SZA, And Kendrick Lamar Lead Nominations

The Recording Academy has just announced the complete list of nominations for the 2018 GRAMMY Awards.

For the 2017 GRAMMYS, artists: Beyonce, Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, and Ed Sheeran, dominated the main categories with Adele taking home five GRAMMY for each category she was nominated in. Following Adele, Chance the Rapper took home the award for Best New Artist, and Beyonce's visual masterpiece, Lemonade, won Best Contemporary Album.

For 2018, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars are in the lead with, Jay-Z scoring eight nominations, including the major categories such as Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of The Year. Lamar is close behind with a total of seven nominations, and Mars landed six nominations.

Other mentionables inculde, Childish Gambino, who's album, Awaken, My Love will be up against, 4:44, 24K Magic, Damn and singer Lorde's album, Melodrama.

R&B singer SZA nabbed a spot in the category for Best New Artist. The Neo-soul singer is up against, Lil Uzi, Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, and Khalid.

The song, Despacito, by Latin artist, Luis Fonsi, is the first Non-English song to be nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Despacito also features Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. 

Finally, rapper Cardi B scored her first GRAMMY nomination in the category, Best Rap Performance, for her hit single, Bodak Yellow.

The Nominees

Here is a list of the top five main categories:

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

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 & 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)

Best New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

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

You can see the complete list on the official GRAMMY website.

The 2018 GRAMMYS will be held on Jan. 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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