Grammy season is here at last! After months of waiting and speculation, the nominations for the 60th annual awards have finally been released. The nominations for the big four categories, consisting of Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist, were announced by Andra Day, with the rest of the nominations coming just minutes later on the Grammy’s website. The leaders come Grammy night are Jay-Z with eight nominations, including song of the year for “4:44”, record of the year for “The Story Of O.J.”, and album of the year for “4:44”. Kendrick Lamar is close behind with seven nominations, including album of the year and best rap album for “DAMN.”, and record of the year for “Humble”. Another big winner is Bruno Mars with six nominations, including record of the year for “24k Magic”, song of the year for “That’s What I Like”, and album of the year for “24k Magic”.
Newcomers SZA and Khalid scored big as well, with five nominations a piece, including best new artist, where they are joined by Alessia Cara, Lil Uzi Vert, and Julia Michaels. Childish Gambino received five nominations as well, including album of the year and best urban contemporary album for “Awaken, My Love!”, and record of the year for “Redbone”. Lorde also joins the race for album of the year with “Melodrama”, scoring her first nomination for the prestigious award, and her only nomination this year. Song of the summer “Despacito” is nominated for both song and record of the year, and could potentially make Grammy history as the first primarily non-English song to win song of the year.
As for the pop field, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, and Kesha are all nominated for both pop solo performance and pop vocal album. This is Kesha’s first Grammy nomination, while Sheeran and Gaga are both previous Grammy winners. The aforementioned artists are joined by the likes Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, and Imagine Dragons for pop vocal album, and Kelly Clarkson and P!nk for pop solo performance. Portugal. The Man also snagged their first Grammy nomination in the pop duo or group category for “Feel It Still”, among other heavyweight contenders with “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara, “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and the previously mentioned “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber.