Jay-Z, other rap and R&B artists, lead Grammy nominations

02 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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Black artists are often relegated to categories like rap and R&B and rarely move out of them.

The nominees for AOTY are Jay-Z for 4:44, Lamar for DAMN, Childish Gambino for Awaken, My Love!

"Two of them!Thank you Lord.I couldn't be more grateful ❤️", penned Cardi B on Instagram upon learning that she's up for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance thanks to her record-breaking hit "Bodak Yellow".

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Jay-Z, other rap and R&B artists, lead Grammy nominations

Despite the (mostly) quality major categories, the Academy did what it does best and still find a way to screw it up. It was only in 1989, 40 years after the Grammys originally aired, that the Academy introduced an award for Best Rap Performance, despite hip-hop having been big for years.

The New York Times notes that while all major award shows are under scrutiny for how they handle diversity, "The Grammy nominations are striking, as minority artists dominate the ballot in almost all of the most prestigious categories, including record, song and album of the year". Kesha's stunning comeback album was a narrative throughout the entire summer, while Styles's debut solo album marked one of the best pop albums of the year.

Last year, awards favourite Frank Ocean declined to receive the prestigious award for his album Blond, saying that the Grammys didn't 'seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from'.

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Miranda Lambert scored a pair of nominations, with "Tin Man" in the running for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, though her album The Weight of These Wings was shut out.

Meanwhile this year, Jay-Z is the leader of the pack, as he gained the most nominations for the 2018 Grammys.

Read on for messages from Grammy-nominated artists, including Pink and Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt. Other artists that are up for major awards include Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino.

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For the complete list of this year's nominees check out the official Grammy site.

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