Grammy Nominees Announced: Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead the Way
02 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Kristine Mills
More Life, which reached number one in the U.S. and number two in the United Kingdom album charts, was missed off the list after a source close to the nomination process said he did not submit the record for Album of the Year or Best Rap Album. It's been 14 years since Outkast took home the award for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. SZA also earned a Best Urban Contemporary category nomination; her brilliant debut albumCTRL would be a deserving pick in that category.
According to CBC News, the source said Drake did also not submit any songs from the album for categories such as Song of the Year, Record of the Year, or Best Rap Song. Thankfully absent from these main categories are two Grammys favorites: Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. In the entire history of the Grammys only ten black artists have won Album of the Year.
Using the hashtag #OscarsBeSoWhite fans and celebrities alike took to Twitter to protest the fact that out of the 20 actors and actresses nominated in the lead and supporting categories for 2015 and 2016, none were non-white.
Last time The Album of the Year category this year marks the first time in 19 years that no white men have been nominated
Last year, awards favourite Frank Oceandeclined 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'. (Although "Look What You Made Me Do" was out in time, it didn't earn a nod.) Because she's Taylor Swift, however, she still managed to score two nominations for her songwriting work on Little Big Town's "Better Man" as well as "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.
On Tuesday, Jay-Z collected eight nods, Kendrick Lamar seven and producer (and former Chicagoan) No I.D. got five, continuing a yearslong pattern of hip-hop and R&B domination of the nominations.
You can see the full list of this year's Grammy nominees on the Grammy's website. Other artists that are up for major awards include Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino.
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