2018 Grammys: All eyes on Jay-Z, Lamar



    Rapper Jay Z leads Grammy nominations

    Sunday’s Grammy Awards in New York would be the first time a white man has not been nominated for Album of the Year, with all eyes on rap royalty Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.

    Jay-Z snagged probably the most nominations for the 60th awards, vying for a trophy in eight classes. Lamar follows him with seven nods, leaving Bruno Mars in third with six. Jay-Z already has 21 Grammys in his trophy cupboard in comparison with Lamar’s seven.

    This 12 months, nevertheless, rap’s elder statesman Jay Z is nominated as a solo artist for the primary time for Album of the Year and Best Song of the Year for “4:44.” His thirteenth studio LP, which produced a single of the identical identify, has earned common reward from critics.

    But Brooklyn’s best might be challenged by the brand new guard.

    Lamar might be aiming for his first Album of the Year win with “Damn,” a report described by Rolling Stone as “a brilliant combination of the timeless and the modern, the old-school and the next level.”

    Another hip-hop artist who may rating large on music’s largest evening is Childish Gambino, the alter-ego of US actor Donald Glover. He is tapped for Best Record and Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.

    The Latin single “Despacito,” which bought greater than four.four billion views on YouTube, can also be competing for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. It can be the primary Spanish-language launch to win the Grammy for Song of the Year.

    Other nominees for Best Song of the Year embrace Julia Michaels for “Issues,” “That’s What I Like” by Hawaiian singer Mars and Alessia Cara for “1-800-273-8255.” The latter is the cellphone quantity for the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

    Mars will face off within the report of the 12 months class with Gambino’s “Redbone,” Lamar’s “Humble,” and Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.”

    In The Album of the Year class, singer-songwriter Lorde is the one girl nominated. The New Zealander’s sophomore album “Melodrama” will compete with Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!,” Mars’ “24K Magic,” in addition to releases from Jay-Z and Lamar.

    R&B singers SZA and Khalid every scored 5 nominations together with greatest newcomer. Philadelphia-based hip-hop artist Lil Uzi Vert can also be among the many nominees for Best New Artist.

    British digital band Gorillaz, will tackle the US acts The National, Father John Misty and LCD Soundsystem in addition to Canadia’s Arcade Fire for Best Alternative Album.

    The 60th Grammy Awards are voted by 13,000 members of the US Recording Academy and can happen in New York for the primary time in 15 years. James Corden will host the stay telecast with performances by artists together with Lady Gaga, Pink and Elton John.(dpa/NAN)