Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar are the main contenders for the 60. annual Grammy Awards, leading a crop of nominations, which is heavy on hip-hop and R&B but to the left of the mainstream pop stars like Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga from the race for the big prizes.
The awards will be Madison Square Garden in New York on 28. January 2018, and will be screened on 4 music-morning of the following day.
Here are six stories are highlighted, the nominees in this year.Hip-hop and R&B-the roost
It was always embarrassing. In the last 20 years, only two black artists, the Grammys have won the main prize, album of the year. Two years ago, Beck’s controversial Beyonce break-beat, self-titled video album, is the title. Then, last year, Adele went back.
Adele seemed to be embarrassed by the award and spoke for many Grammy watchers when she said her rival deserves it more, describing lemonade as “monumental… beautiful and soul-baring”.
Following that, the Canadian superstar, Drake pulled his album, More life, from the viewing of the Grammy awards; echo Frank Ocean, who chose his 2016 album, Blonde, relying on the ceremony of the “cultural bias”.
It all amounted to a wake-up call and, in this year, the most important categories are dominated by rap and R&B.
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Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar’s multiple nominations were expected; but the recognition of Bruno Mars 24K magic and childish Gambino awesome to Wake psychedelic P-Funk album, My love, were both surprised.
The latter, in particular, seems to be responsible for aside Ed Sheeran s Ã· (Divide); the many Grammy observers believed was a shoo-in for album of the year.
But the story goes deeper than the most important awards categories – the top – nine most-nominated people in the year 2018, the Grammys are non-white performers.
Neil Portnow, chief executive of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which runs the Grammys, called the mixture of the nominees “is a really great reflection of the voting members of the academy”.
It is a crucial moment, and you have to hope that those voters don’t fumble the ball by Lorde album of the year ‘ melodrama s, the only pop album on the shortlist.Kesha seals her comeback
Kesha’s first incarnation as a heavily autotuned wildchild pop diva was ignored roundly by Grammy voters. But following allegations of abuse against her producer, Dr. Luke, the singer a powerful and cathartic album, Rainbow, channeling produces all of her personal drama in the best music of their career.
You will be rewarded with a nomination for best pop vocal album; and you must be a favorite for the best pop performance for the remarkably high note, you have been Praying for hits at four minutes in, the gospel ballad, toNot appetite for Katy Perry
Katy Perry has yet to win a Grammy something archrival Taylor Swift hinted at in the vicious circle video for their single you are, What you Do to Me Look. However, each of their albums had received a nomination. Until now.
Your misfiring fourth album, witness, will not garner recognition from the Recording Academy, in spite of Perry the Start of the project, with a spirited performance of Chained To The rhythm at the Grammy awards earlier in the year.
It is not the only pop-overlooked artist. Harry Styles’ debut album is not in the shortlist, despite the fact that it brought two big hits, and was convinced, in the lives of 2016 Grammy producer of the year Jeff Bhasker. Carrie Fisher gets a nomination
Eleven months after her death, Carrie Fisher gets a posthumous Grammy nomination in the spoken word category for a wry, self-aware, to read her autobiography The Princess a writer.
The book also features Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, who told her mother about the diary entries from the 1970s, mainly her relationship with Harrison Ford.
Elsewhere, the Grammys give posthumous nominations for Leonard Cohen, Linkin Park ‘ s Chester Bening field, and Chris Cornell.Stone is superfluous? The Land is a cropper has come?
Rock-and country – in fact, all the songs, played on a guitar – are notable by their absence this year.
Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age could not break out of your genre-categories, despite delivering strong albums, while crossover act Imagine Dragons, whose singles Thunder and creditors will have a large presence on the US charts, will be passed to the pop-ghetto.
And not to make during the Grammys to acknowledge the traditional country artists in the album of the year category, Sam Hunt, whose album body As a way Back, and held on 25 weeks at number one-the cut.Taylor Swift will have to wait for next year
Taylor Swift’s the best-selling album of the year is reputation in the United States, but it was released after the Grammy cut-off point, so it is not a large presence in the 2018 ceremony.
The star had hoped to secure nominations by releasing two singles before the expiry of the period, but neither you are, What you Do to Me Look, even Ready for the 13,000-member Grammy-panel impressed.
But the star gets the credit for the writing of Little Big Town’s single, a Better man, for the best country song, and for her duet with One Direction’s Zayn is Malik, I don’t Want to live Forever, which featured on the Shades of Grey soundtrack.
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