Today is a big day for the record industry. First, CBS This Morning officially announced the nominees for the “big four” categories at upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards in January: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Powerhouse soul Andra Day (of “Rise Up” fame) was on hand to tell some GRAMMY stories of her own and help announce the 2018 nominations. Later, the full list of nominees was announced.
Of course, “Despacito”, the biggest single in recent memory, was nominated in the Record category; the YouTube video for the track is pushing an astounding 4.5 BILLION views. The ear-worm commercial smash will face off against more critically-lauded records like Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone”, Bruno Mars‘ “24K Magic”, Kendrick Lamar‘s “HUMBLE.”, and JAY-Z‘s “The Story of O.J.”.
The Album category features a similar list of nominees, with Childish Gambino’s critically adored “sonic pivot”, Awaken, My Love!, JAY-Z’s unusually-released “4:44“, Mars’ broadly accessible bubblegum funk set 24K Magic, and Kendrick’s thematically dense and stylistically pointed DAMN. all receiving nods, in addition to Lorde‘s Melodrama.
Nominees for the Song of the Year category, which honors the songwriters, include JAY-Z (for “4:44”), Julia Michaels and her various collaborators for “Issues”, as well as the teams that penned “Despacito”, Mars’ “That’s What I Like”, and Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255”.
Rounding out the “big four”, the Best New Artist nominees include Alessia Cara and Khalid (both of whom were also nominated for their features on “1-800-273-8255”), as well as chart-topping hip-hop artist Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and r&b singer-songwriter SZA.
Jay-Z led the nominations with eight nods, one year after his wife, Beyoncé, received nine Grammy nominations. Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars also earned big nomination hauls from the voting committee, a body of approximately 13,000 members who voted on the more 22,000 recordings submitted this year.
The remaining categories (there are a ton) were also announced this morning, and a handful of artists we cover frequently on this site did, in fact, make the cut. The Best Rock Album nominees lean a little heavier and indexer than we normally do (Mastodon, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Nothing More, The War On Drugs). The Best Alternative Music Album category, however, includes nominations for Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Father John Misty, and The National, and the Best Americana Album nominees include the late Gregg Allman‘s posthumous Royal Blood.
Grateful Dead biopic Long Strange Trip and Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine mini-series The Defiant Ones also received nods in the Best Music Film category, and their art director got a nomination for packaging design on the Dead’s Get Shown The Light box set. The Best American Roots Performance category includes Cohen, Alabama Shakes, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Glenn Campbell and Alison Krauss, and the Best Contemporary Blues Album category includes nominees Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, and more.
You can see a list of categories and nominations for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards below. For the complete list, head to the GRAMMY website here.
Record Of The Year
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Album Of The Year
Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino
4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars
Song Of The Year
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best New Artist:
Lil Uzi Vert
Best pop solo performance
“Love So Soft,” Kelly Clarkson
“Million Reasons,” Lady Gaga
“What About Us,” P!nk
“Shape Of You,” Ed Sheeran
Best Dance/Electronic Album
“3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk
“Mura Masa,” Mura Masa
“A Moment Apart,” Odesza
“What Now,” Sylvan Esso
Best Rock Album
“Emperor Of Sand,” Mastodon
“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct,” Metallica
“The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” Nothing More
“Villains,” Queens Of The Stone Age
“A Deeper Understanding,” The War On Drugs
Best Alternative Music Album
“Everything Now,” Arcade Fire
“American Dream,” LCD Soundsystem
“Pure Comedy,” Father John Misty
“Sleep Well Beast,” The National
Best Americana Album
“Southern Blood,” Gregg Allman
“Shine On Rainy Day,” Brent Cobb
“Beast Epic,” Iron & Wine
“The Nashville Sound,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
“Brand New Day,” The Mavericks
Best Music Film
“One More Time With Feeling,” Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
“Long Strange Trip,” The Grateful Dead
“The Defiant Ones,” Various Artists
“Soundbreaking,” Various Artists
“Two Trains Runnin’,” Various Artists
[h/t – CBS This Morning]