Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar

JAY-Z, left, looks set to dominate the 2018 Grammy Awards after receiving eight nominations on Tuesday.

The aging rapper scored top nominations for Album of the Year for 4:44 and Song of the Year for the single of the same name as well as Record of the Year and Best Music Video for "The Story of OJ".

The 47-year-old rap mogul is mentioned in all four rap categories, including a mention for his collaboration with wife Beyonce, titled "Family Feud".

He was closely followed by rapper Kendrick Lamar, who achieved seven noms, and Puerto Rican singer Bruno Mars, with six.

Kendrick and Bruno were both recognized in the Album of the Year category alongside JAY-Z for DAMN and 24K Magic respectively.

via WENN.com -- Other nominees include Childish Gambino for "Awaken, My Love!" and Melodrama by Lorde.

Lamar and Mars also received nods for Record of the Year for HUMBLE. and 24K Magic respectively along with Redbone by Childish Gambino and Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.

Despacito also received a mention for Song of the Year, and will also go up against Issues by Julia Michaels, That's What I Like by Mars, and 1-800-273-8255 by Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid.

Ed Sheeran received nods in the pop categories - Shape of You is up for Best Pop Solo Album while ÷ (Divide) was named for Best Pop Vocal Album. In the former category, he is joined by Kelly Clarkson (Love So Soft), Kesha (Praying), Lady Gaga (Million Reasons) and Pink (What About Us). For the album shortlist, he will battle against Coldplay (Kaleidoscope EP), Lana Del Rey (Lust for Life), Imagine Dragons (Evolve), Lady Gaga (Joanne) and Kesha (Rainbow).

The winners of the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be announced on 28 January (18) at Madison Square Garden in New York. The ceremony will be hosted by James Corden.


The main nominees are as follows:

Album of the Year:

"Awaken, My Love!" - Childish Gambino

4:44 - JAY- Z

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama - Lorde

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Record of the Year:

Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

Redbone - Childish Gambino

The Story of O.J. - JAY-Z

HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Song of the Year:

Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

4:44 - JAY-Z

Issues - Julia Michaels

That's What I Like - Bruno Mars

1-800-273-8255 - Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid

Best New Artist:

Alessia Cara


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels


Best Pop Solo Performance:

Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson

Praying - Kesha

Million Reasons - Lady Gaga

What About Us - Pink

Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

Something Just Like This ­- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

Thunder - Imagine Dragons

Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man

Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Kaleidoscope EP - Coldplay

Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey

Evolve - Imagine Dragons

Rainbow - Kesha

Joanne - Lady Gaga

÷ (Divide) - Ed Sheeran

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version) - Michael Buble

Triplicate - Bob Dylan

In Full Swing - Seth MacFarlane

Wonderland - Sarah McLachlan

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 - Various Artists

Tin Man - Miranda Lambert

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 Rock Performance:

You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen

The Promise - Chris Cornell

Run - Foo Fighters

No Good - Kaleo

Go To War - Nothing More

Best Rock Song:

Atlas, Rise! - Metallica

Blood In The Cut - K.Flay

Go To War - Nothing More

Run - Foo Fighters

The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold

Best Rap Album:

4:44 - JAY-Z

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Culture - Migos

Laila’s Wisdom - Rapsody

Flower Boy - Tyler, The Creator

Best Rap Song:

Bodak Yellow - Cardi B

Chase Me - Danger Mouse ft. Run The Jewels & Big Boi

HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar

Sassy - Rapsody

The Story Of O.J. - Jay-Z

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Free 6lack - 6lack

"Awaken, My Love!" - Childish Gambino

American Teen - Khalid

Ctrl - SZA

Starboy - The Weeknd

Best R&B Song:

First Began - PJ Morton

Location - Khalid

Redbone - Childish Gambino

Supermodel - SZA

That’s What I Like - Bruno Mars

Best R&B Album:

Freudian - Daniel Caesar

Let Love Rule - Ledisi

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Gumbo - PJ Morton

Feel The Real - Musiq Soulchild

Best Music Video:

Up All Night - Beck

Makeba - Jain

The Story Of O.J. - Jay-Z

HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar

1-800-273-8255 - Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Redbone is my song. Had my 60 year old Dad singing it.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Congrats or whatevah..I really don't care tatall..

  • InsecureNEVA

    I love me some Kendrick Lamar but I swear, he go from BrotherLocKs to Braids to Sisterlocks to Plaits. His style is very different.

  • bemetoo

    Childish gambino will take home at least 2

  • bemetoo

    Jay will get 3 bruno will get 3 kedrick will get 2

  • You Could Never

    Album of the Year:

    “Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino

    4:44 – JAY- Z

    DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

    Melodrama – Lorde

    24K Magic – Bruno Mars
    Damn near historic to have this much melanin in the nominee pool

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm not sure I'd even classify some of this garbage as "music".

  • You Could Never

    So dope to picture dad singing it lol

  • You Could Never

    Sassy – Rapsody

    Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody

    NC better STAND UP. I see you girl. So proud of ya!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Noirluv45

    I haven't been into awards shows since the 1990's. I watched the Soul Train awards and was bored spit less!

  • JRock

    Jay-z is pushing 60 and needs to sit down and stop calling himself a rapper. He is more like an AARP spokesperson.

    I like Bruno Mars music but I am constantly hearing the word "plagiarism" associated with his music and where there is smoke there usually is fire so for that reason, I look at him sideways. Why not just pay someone what's fair to use their music and songs rather than steal it. That's when you lose my vote.

    Don't listen to Kendrick's music so no comment.

  • You Could Never

    Why not just pay someone what's fair to use their music and songs rather than steal it.
    This is what the writers of her epic Grammy winning songs...asked Lauryn Hill in court documents

  • JRock

    Hey, if your ass get caught and sued and it is proven you did in fact steal the music then you need to pay - including Lauryn Hill.

  • unknown user

    JayZ will be there as he is every year doing all that wierd shxt they like to get into on Grammy night

  • Shawty

    We just saw a story on here saying he was performing in empty arenas on his tour and now we see best album. Not that I have an issue with Jay but it can't be both. Empty arenas but best album. If the people like it they will show up. Sooooo what's wrong with this picture.

  • tia

    @tracie_shaw:disqus ...I believe you are on to something... excellent observation.


    Auntie, What happened to the Emojis?????

  • Bonita Johnson

    Rapping has no experation date ?!!! All it is, is spitting poetry floetically!! And hip hop has evolved for many different age groups. It can be fun serious about love or life. You can never b too old for hip hop or rap! It’s an Og thing. For some artist that’s there passion! So if u think YOUR too old for that type of music then that’s YOU!! He is doing what he loves and is passionate about and there is a lot of ppl OLD and young that still can relate to his music new and old! And loves it!! His new album is for mature mfz!! He can do it till he’s 99 that is his business and his loyalty!! #YouCantKnockTheHustle

  • Chrisian88

    Not sure where you heard empty stadiums, but his Dallas show was sold out and packed.

  • minkyfinky

    The Grammy nominations are voted by a committee. It doesn't have to do with tours or how many albums or seats that have been sold. I have a friend that is on that committee.

  • Kanyade

    My dad (64 y.o.) loves Redbone, too.

  • Karen Brady

    sounds about right.

  • Django the God

    Pure Heroine was hard.

    I haven't listened to Lorde's new album yet though.

  • Luvn_it

    Congrats to Kendrick,Jay,Bruno,SZA,and Donald. Does Bruno have enough Puerto Rican in him to claim it? Just asking seeing as his dad is half Jewish and his mom is Filipino.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I loved Bruno, Kendick and Jay's cds. Well deserved nods.

  • Shawty

    Thanks for clearing that up. I was confused.

  • Shawty

    Go back to the week's before posts. It was on HERE! I'm just speaking on what I read on THIS site previously. Not a rap fan so I don't care either way.

  • Shawty

    Like him

  • unknown user

    60 ?? You tried it and i lived for it ???

  • unknown user

    Hes the one that said he was done with rap like 5 albums ago.

  • NicoleZee

    Go Bruno! He's my boyfriend! LOL! I don't know how some of those others made the list. I do like Ed Sheeran and Alessia Cara though. I'm starting to think rap music should just go away. I can't understand what they are saying half the time, most rappers can't speak clear and correct English. Sad. Good luck to all the nominees though!

  • NicoleZee

    Tell your friend to make sure Bruno wins all of his categories!!! LOL! So I guess Tamar's album came out too late to be considered??? I guess we might see her nominated next term.

  • sceutie

    It comforts me that I don't know who a majority of these "people" are -- Vegas style showgirls and gold teeth.

  • dontgetblocked

    Jay Z and Beyonce keep buying these Grammy nods. Kendrick Lamar and Bruno deserve theirs. I really need Jay Z to go rest his old knees. He's almost 50...too old for the game. Just too old.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Jewish is a religion tho. His dad is Puerto Rican being we get the majority of our lineage from our fathers' YES, he does. He can claim whatever he wants.

  • what?why

    There is no way Jay Z should beat out these two young very talented guys. Bruno Mars write his own songs, plays numerous instruments, dances and sings. What's the gig - bribery, money, Live Nation buying awards???

  • Luvn_it

    But his father is labeled as being half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jew. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f97271856a62847f660f09e8d5d2d76e31b8d648b5edec6cf0ec51fd278a07e6.jpg

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Jewish is a religion. Anyone can be Jewish. Bruno's dad has that from his mother (Bruno's grandmother.) His grandpa is also Puerto Rican again it goes back to lineage of the father.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I want to know why Google has Jay Z's age as 47 when he's really 52. Jay Z was 36 years old in 2001...according to Nas's "Ether" lyrics lol

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    How is Bruno Mars in the R&B section? I like his music but it's definitely more pop. We let these award shows get away with calling anything R&B. We should have stopped them back when they were nominating Usher for all those pop songs in the R&B category.

    Side note: I only know 4 of the songs listed "Redbone", "24K Magic", "Bodak Yellow" and "That’s What I Like". I am not familiar with any of the albums.

  • Yetunde

    Am I missing something with this Cardi B girl? I seriously do not understand the hype. That song is not worthy of a Grammy nomination in my opinion.

  • nick c

    MJ is where it went crazy they called all his music r&b instead of pop and the rest was history.

  • nick c

    That song is lit

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    MJ's "Thriller" album was R&B. The "Bad" album is when it got poppy lol

  • Sandra Fletcher

    Sorry, Bruno fan he is just so Old school. Love is music, dance moves where he has studied MJ and James Brown. Sorry never have been a J-Z fan, or a Kanye West fan.

  • Kita Williams

    4:44 shouldn't win

  • Kita Williams

    I just watched his live concert at the Apollo and I mean...1st off depending on the lighting and angles he was looking JEST like black MJ. Studied the great legendary Prince AND James Brown. This young man is IT and his songs are relateable to EVERYONE