Hip Hop Sweeps Grammy Nods

The Nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards are out–and Hip-Hop is already the clear winner. For the first time in the 60 year history of music’s highest award, the nominees in each of four General categories (Song, Record, and Album of the Year and Best New Artist) almost completely come from the Rap or R&B genres.

The nods come amid a record breaking year for Hip-Hop/Rap, which have become the most popular genres in the nation. There have not been this many Hip-Hop and Rap Number One Hot 100 hits since the early 2000s, over a decade ago, and even the year’s longest running Number One, cross over Latin hit “Despactio” features a Spanish language rap portion.

The Grammys have long been accused of discounting urban music genres in favor of more traditional pop, with critics pointing to high-profile moments in the award show’s history like Adele‘s Album of the Year win over Beyonce‘s Lemonade last year, Taylor Swift‘s triumph over Kendrick Lamar in the same category the year before, and even Beck‘s totally unexpected 2015 Album of the Year win over a field including Beyonce and Pharrell Williams as evidence of this bias.

No such claims can be made yet this year. Jay-Z leads the pack with eight nominations, while Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars follow close behind with six each. In perhaps another nod to the ascendance of Hip-Hop, the awards ceremony will be broadcast from New York City, the genre’s birthplace, for the first time in 15 years. The Grammys have recently been held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The ceremony will air on January 28, 2018 on CBS. Check out the list of nominees below.

Record of the Year (Awarded to the artist)

“Redbone” –Childish Gambino

“Despacito” –Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber 

“The Story of O.J.” – Jay-Z

“Humble” –Kendrick Lamar

“24k Magic” – Bruno Mars


Album of the Year (Widely regarded as the night’s biggest prize)

Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino


Melodrama –Lorde

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

DAMNKendrick Lamar


Song of the Year (Awarded to the songwriter)

“Despacito” – Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton

“4:44”-Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson

“Issues” –  Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter

“1-800-273-8255” – Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson

“That’s What I Like” – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip


Best New Artist

Alessia Cara


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels



Best Rap Performance

“Bounce Back” – Big Sean

“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B

“4:44” –  JAY-Z

“HUMBLE”. – Kendrick Lamar

“Bad And Boujee” – Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert


Best Rap/Sung Performance


“Crew” – Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

“Family Feud” – JAY-Z Featuring Beyoncé

“LOYALTY.” – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

“Love Galore” – SZA Featuring Travis Scott


Best Rap Song (Awarded to the songwriter)

“Bodak Yellow” – Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White

“Chase Me” – Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer

“HUMBLE.” –  K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II

“Sassy” – M. Evans & E. Gabouer

“The Story Of O.J.” – Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson

Best Rap Album

4:44 –  JAY-Z

DAMN.Kendrick Lamar


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