JAY-Z & Kendrick Lamar Dominate 2018 Grammy Nominations
The nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards are in. The event returns to New York City for the first time in 15 years and will broadcast on January 28, 2018. As many Hip-Hop Heads predicted, JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar receive a plethora of consideration, for 4:44 and DAMN., respectively. Jay, who will be the night’s honoree in the “Salute To Industry Icons Award,” received eight nom’s in total for this year, the most for any artist. Kendrick is one behind at seven.
Both 2017 albums are up for “Album Of The Year,” facing off against Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!”, Lorde’s Melodrama, and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Neither Jay nor Kendrick have previously won the highest-profile category, despite past nominations.
In the “Best Rap Album” category, DAMN. and 4:44 are included, as is Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom, Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy, and Migos’ Culture. Jay and Kendrick have one Best Rap Album award each, for Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life and To Pimp A Butterfly, respectively.
The “Best Rap Song” category features each. “HUMBLE.” and “The Story Of O.J.” are nominated, as is Rapsody’s “Sassy,” Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” and Danger Mouse, Run The Jewels, and Big Boi’s “Chase Me.”
In the “Best Rap/Sung Performance,” Lamar and Rihanna’s “LOYALTY.,” Jay and Beyoncé’s “Family Feud,” take on Kendrick’s label-mate SZA with the Travis Scott-assisted “Love Galore.” 6Lack (“PRBLMS”) and Goldlink (“Crew”) also have songs competing.
Jay’s title track is also nominated for “Record Of The Year.” There, his No I.D.-produced track faces off against one of No I.D.’s pupils, Logic and “1-800-273-8255.” Together, Jay and Logic take on hits by Bruno, Julia Michaels, and Justin Bieber.
No I.D., whose career dates back to early 1990s work with Common and a Relativity Records solo career, gets a “Producer Of The Year” nomination. He was instrumental to albums by Jay, Logic, and Vic Mensa. The Capitol Records Executive Vice President (and ARTium label-founder) won an award for “Run This Town” in 2010. This is his first nomination in the prestigious category. He takes on Calvin Harris, Greg Kurstin (Beck, Foo Fighters, ZAYN), Blake Mills (John Legend), and Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Lil Yachty).
Notably excluded from all the nominations is A Tribe Called Quest’s 2016 #1 album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. At this year’s awards ceremony, the Queens, New York collective performed. It is unclear if the Epic/Sony Records album was submitted. Drake reportedly did not submit his More Life playlist for eligibility, despite ongoing competitive tensions with Jay and Kendrick.
The full list of nominations is available at the Grammy’s site.
#BonusBeat: Recently, Kendrick Lamar confirmed the Ambrosia For Heads DAMN as two-albums-in-one theory. It was covered for LAST 7: