GRAMMY AWARDS 2018: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR’S TOP NOMINEES
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24 January 2018

Approximately 13,000 Recording Academy voting members—music professionals across all genres and disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers—vote during the GRAMMY Awards process. And with over 350 media companies and 1,974 members submitting 22,029 recordings for GRAMMY consideration this year, it is a mammoth task to give out these prestigious trophies.

 
 

Getting a single nomination is in itself a huge honour, but some artists have managed to pull multiple nominations. This year’s top GRAMMY nominees are JAY-Z with a whopping eight nods for 4:44, Kendrick Lamar follows closely with seven nominations for Damn, Bruno Mars comes in with a respectable six nominations for 24K Magic while Childish Gambino, Khalid, No I.D., and SZA all attracted 5 nominations each.

 
 

JAY-Z

 

 

With this year’s eight nominations, JAY-Z is now a 74-time nominee and a 21-time GRAMMY winner. His most recent wins were for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for Drunk In Love with Beyoncé at the 57th GRAMMY Awards in 2015. JAY-Z received his first GRAMMY Award at the 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1999 for Best Rap Album for Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. The most nominations JAY-Z has ever received in a single year is nine, which he received at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

 

Current nominations:

  1. Record Of The Year: “The Story Of O.J.”
  2. Album Of The Year: 4:44
  3. Song Of The Year: “4:44”
  4. Best Rap Performance: “4:44”
  5. Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Family Feud” Featuring Beyoncé
  6. Best Rap Song: “The Story Of O.J.”
  7. Best Rap Album: 4:44
  8. Best Music Video: “The Story Of O.J.”

 
 

Kendrick Lamar

 

 

With seven nominations this year, Lamar is now a 29-time nominee and a seven-time GRAMMY Award winner. He has been nominated in at least one category for the last five years, earning his first set of nominations in 2013. The most times Lamar has been nominated in a single year is 11, in 2015.

 

Current nominations:

  1. Record Of The Year: “HUMBLE.”
  2. Album Of The Year: DAMN.
  3. Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.”
  4. Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” Featuring Rihanna
  5. Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.”
  6. Best Rap Album: DAMN.
  7. Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.”

 
 

Bruno Mars

 

 

With six nominations this year, Mars has 27 total career nominations and five GRAMMY Award wins. He won his first award in 2011 at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards with Just The Way You Are for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, a category which no longer exists. Mars has previously been nominated in the Record Of The Year category five times; he took home a GRAMMY in the category in 2015 for “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson.

 

Current nominations:

  1. Record Of The Year: “24K Magic”
  2. Album Of The Year: 24K Magic
  3. Song Of The Year “That’s What I Like”
  4. Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like”
  5. Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like”
  6. Best R&B Album: 24K Magic

 
 

Childish Gambino

 

 

Donald Glover’s project has seven total career nominations, including this year’s five. He has been previously nominated in the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album categories at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2015.

Current nominations:

  1. Record Of The Year: “Redbone”
  2. Album Of The Year: “Awaken, My Love!”
  3. Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone”
  4. Best R&B Song: “Redbone”
  5. Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Awaken, My Love!”

 
 

No I.D.

 

 

No I.D. is now a 10-time GRAMMY nominee and is already a GRAMMY Award recipient, having taken home a trophy in 2010 for his work on fellow nominee JAY-Z’s “Run This Town”

 

Current nominations:

  1. Record Of The Year: “The Story Of O.J.”
  2. Album Of The Year: 4:44
  3. Song Of The Year: “4:44”
  4. Best Rap Song: “The Story Of O.J.”
  5. Producer Of The Year

 
 

Khalid

 

 

This year marks Khalid’s first GRAMMY nominations.

 

Current nominations:

  1. Song Of The Year: “1-800-273-8255” By Logic Featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
  2. Best New Artist
  3. Best R&B Song: “Location”
  4. Best Urban Contemporary Album: American Teen
  5. Best Music Video: For Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” As Featured Artist With Alessia Cara

 
 

SZA

 

 

SZA is also set to earn her stripes this year.

Current nominations:

  1. Best New Artist
  2. Best R&B Performance: “The Weekend”
  3. Best R&B Song: “Supermodel”
  4. Best Urban Contemporary Album: Ctrl
  5. Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Love Galore” Featuring Travis Scott
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