Z Leads With Eight Grammy Nominations As Black Artists Shine

Kesha and Lady Gaga receive two Grammy nominations each

Both singers have two Grammy nominations

Come January 28, when the 60th Grammys take place in NY, it should hopefully be a showdown between Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar.

Nominations for the 2018 Grammy awards were officially announced today, and minority artists are topping this year's ballot. In the entire history of the Grammys only ten black artists have won Album of the Year. The last artist with even tentative links to R&B to win album of the year was Whitney Houston, in 1994. Both include a number of references to race and racial politics.

More Life, which reached number one in the USA 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.

Meanwhile, rock continued to be pushed to the margins. Though Julia Michaels and Alessia Cara appear in the Record of the Year category and Lorde is nominated for Album of the Year, these top categories are shockingly lacking in female artists-especially considering Beyoncé and Adele dominated the 59th Grammys last year.

In total, Jay-Z has eight nominations, Lamar has seven, Mars comes in with six, and Childish Gambino - who is actor Donald Glover of the hit television show "Atlanta" - Khalid, SZA, as well as Jay-Z's producer No I.D each have five nominations this year.

Record of the Year (awarded to the performance and production): Childish Gambino, "Redbone"; Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"; Jay-Z "Story of O.J."; Kendrick Lamar, "Humble"; Bruno Mars, "24k Magic".

While the obvious Grammy prediction would be Bruno Mars, it would be a shame not to see a rap album win the award. Her hit song, "Bodak Yellow", earned nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. "I did it." Indeed, the musician picked up nods for Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, Best Urban Contemporary Album, and Song of the Year (he's featured on Logic's "1-800-273-8255" alongside Alessia Cara).

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