Jay-Z leads the pack with 8 nominations.
29 November 2017

The GRAMMY Awards are widely considered to be the pinnacle of the music industry, with the prestigious awards held to the highest regard for artists, and first-time nominees are dominating next year’s list. The nominations for the 2018 GRAMMY Awards have just been announced and it’s good news for many of our favourite artists – both established and new – who are nominated for the first time. SZA and Khalid are the most-nominated newcomers with an incredible five nominations each while Kesha, Cardi B, Julia Michaels and Alessia Cara are all up for at least two awards.


Kesha’s return to the music industry continues to be an absolute triumph as Praying is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance and Rainbow is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, which are surprisingly the first GRAMMY nominations of her career. SZA and Khalid are both up for five awards each for their phenomenal debut albums, Ctrl and American Teen, as well as Khalid’s contributions to Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’, which is nominated for Song Of The Year. Alessia Cara shares the Song Of The Year nomination with Khalid and Logic, bringing her total number of nominations to four.


SZA performs onstage at Vevo Halloween 2017 at Craneway Pavilion on October 28, 2017 in Richmond, California


Adding to the first-time joy is Cardi B who is nominated for two awards for her breakthrough hit Bodak Yellow, being the only female nominee in the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance categories. Julia Michaels is also up for two awards including Song Of The Year for her debut single Issues, which is simply incredible and oh so deserving.



44 tour at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on November 26, 2017 in New York City


First-time nominees aside, Jay-Z has the most nominations overall with a massive eight nods – including all three of the most prestigious: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year – which is amazing. Close behind the rap legend is Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars with seven nominations each, while Childish Gambino follows with five. Despacito also strikes gold with three nominations for Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Duo/Group Performance.


Lorde attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in August 2017 in Los Angeles, California



Lorde is nominated for Album Of The Year for Melodrama (yay!), meanwhile Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran both have two more nominations to their names for Best Pop Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Justin Bieber also receives two nominations – Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year – for Despacito, along with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.


Congratulations to all of the brilliant nominees! The GRAMMY Awards will be held on 28 January 2018.