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Grammys 2018: Jay-Z leads with 8 nods, Kendrick Lamar lands 7 and even Taylor Swift actually made the cut

By in Press Enterprise on November 28, 2017

By Kelli Skye Fadroski

Early Tuesday morning nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in all 84 categories. Singer Andra Day read out the nominees in the top categories including best new artist, song of the year, record of the year and album of the year live on CBS’ “This Morning” and the Recording Academy released the remaining nominees shortly after.

The awards ceremony has been moved from Staples Center in Los Angeles to Madison Square Garden in New York City for its 60th year and will be hosted once again by James Corden. The show will be broadcast live on Sunday, Jan. 28 on CBS.

Hip-hop star Jay-Z leads with the most nominations, snagging eight nods for his new record, “4:44.” However, he doesn’t lead by much, with Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar coming in with seven nominations.

Jay-Z was nominated for awards in three of the top four categories and is up against Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and Lorde’s “Melodrama.” Jay-Z, Mars and Lamar have all had massive success in 2017, especially on tour. Jay-Z’s 4:44 Tour, which wraps up on Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Forum in Inglewood, is slated to be his highest grossing solo run ever.

For record of the year, Lamar’s “Humble” made the cut, along with Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.,” Mars’ album title track “24K Magic,” Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” and the inescapable Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber cut, “Despacito.”

“Despacito” is also nominated for song of the year, against Jay-Z’s “4:44,” Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” Julia Michaels’ “Issues” and rapper Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” a track that features the national suicide hotline number in the title and features vocals by Alessia Cara and Khalid.

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