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The GRAMMYs (mostly) got it right this year

November 28, 2017

Things are getting a little more cutting edge.

With ambiguous and confusing award titles, the Grammys have a bad habit of being historically hard to figure out. Seriously, what’s the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year?

Now in its 60th year, the hierarchy of awards — with Album of the Year remaining the most coveted accolade — and desire for acclaimed artists in specific genres to break into the pop mainstream, it can be tricky to figure out who to root for (and more specifically, where to root for them).

That being said, this year, the Grammys have more than a few bright spots worth celebrating. Alongside nomination leaders like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Bruno Mars, Canadian prodigy Daniel Caesar earned a nomination for his effervescent debut effort, Freudian. SZA made a huge splash with 5 nominations for CTRL, and rising stars like Alessia Cara, Lil Uzi Vert and Khalid all grabbed a spot for Best New Artist (in spite of the fact that some of them have been around longer than others).

But the list isn’t without some head-scratchers.  The rock categories are a bit of a mess (Leonard Cohen is great but…); “XO Tour Life,” Lil Uzi’s stratospheric ode to the road (and the Weeknd) didn’t get a nom.

They’re questions we’ll have to wait until January 28th to figure out.

Check out the list of nominees from Billboard below:

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:

  • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  • “The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z
  • “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • ”24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

New Artist

    • Alessia Cara
    • Khalid
    • Lil Uzi Vert
    • Julia Michaels
    • SZA

Song of the year

      • “Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
      • “4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
      • “Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
      • “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
      • “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Pop solo performance

  • “Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson
  • “Praying” — Kesha
  • “Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga
  • “What About Us” — P!nk
  • “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Pop duo/group performance

      • “Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
      • “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
      • “Thunder” — Imagine Dragons
      • “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
      • “Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Traditional pop vocal album

    • “Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)” — Michael Bublé
    • “Triplicate” — Bob Dylan
    • “In Full Swing” — Seth MacFarlane
    • “Wonderland” — Sarah McLachlan
    • “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — (Various Artists)

Pop vocal album

  • “Kaleidoscope EP” — Coldplay
  • “Lust for Life” — Lana Del Rey
  • “Evolve” — Imagine Dragons
  • “Rainbow” — Kesha
  • “Joanne” — Lady Gaga
  • “÷ (Divide)” — Ed Sheeran

Dance recording

  • “Bambro Koyo Ganda” — Bonobo featuring Innov Gnawa
  • “Cola” — Camelphat & Elderbrook
  • “Andromeda” — Gorillaz featuring Dram
  • “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem
  • “Line of Sight” — Odesza featuring Wynne & Mansionair

Dance/electronic album

  • “Migration” — Bonobo
  • “3-D the Catalogue” — Kraftwerk
  • “Mura Masa” — Mura Masa
  • “A Moment Apart” — Odesza
  • “What Now” — Sylvan Esso

Contemporary instrumental album

  • “What If” — the Jerry Douglas Band
  • “Spirit” — Alex Han
  • “Mount Royal” — Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
  • “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion
  • “Bad Hombre” — Antonio Sanchez

Rock performance

  • “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen
  • “The Promise” — Chris Cornell
  • “Run” — Foo Fighters
  • “No Good” — Kaleo
  • “Go to War” — Nothing More

Metal performance

  • “Invisible Enemy” — August Burns Red
  • “Black Hoodie” — Body Count
  • “Forever” — Code Orange
  • “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon
  • “Clockworks” — Meshuggah

 Rock song

    • “Atlas, Rise!” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
    • “Blood in the Cut” — JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters (K.Flay)
    • “Go to War” — Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters (Nothing More)
    • “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
    • “The Stage” — Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold)

 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

R&B performance

      • “Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
      • “Distraction” — Kehlani
      • “High” — Ledisi
      • “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
      • “The Weekend” — SZA

Traditional R&B performance

      • “Laugh and Move On” — the Baylor Project
      • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
      • “What I’m Feelin'” — Anthony Hamilton teaturing the Hamiltones
      • “All the Way” — Ledisi
      • “Still” — Mali Music

R&B song

      • “First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)
      • “Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)
      • “Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
      • “Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)
      • “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Urban contemporary album

      • “Free 6lack” — 6lack
      • “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
      • “American Teen” — Khalid
      • “Ctrl” — SZA
      • “Starboy” — the Weeknd

R&B album

      • “Freudian” — Daniel Caesar
      • “Let Love Rule” — Ledisi
      • “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
      • “Gumbo” — PJ Morton
      • “Feel the Real’ — Musiq Soulchild

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
 Rap/sung performance
      • “Prblms” — 6lack
      • “Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
      • “Family Feud” — Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé
      • “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
      • “Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott

Rap song

      • “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
      • “Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi)
      • “Humble.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
      • “Sassy” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
      • “The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Rap album

      • “4:44” — Jay-Z
      • “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
      • “Culture” — Migos
      • “Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody
      • “Flower Boy” — Tyler, the Creator

Country solo performance

  • “Body Like a Back Road” — Sam Hunt
  • “Losing You” — Alison Krauss
  • “Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert
  • “I Could Use a Love Song” — Maren Morris
  • “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance

  • “It Ain’t My Fault” — Brothers Osborne
  • “My Old Man” — Zac Brown Band
  • “You Look Good” — Lady Antebellum
  • “Better Man” — Little Big Town
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” — Midland

Country song

  • “Better Man” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
  • “Body Like a Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
  • “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” — Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
  • “Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Country album

  • “Cosmic Hallelujah” — Kenny Chesney
  • “Heart Break” — Lady Antebellum
  • “The Breaker” — Little Big Town
  • “Life Changes” — Thomas Rhett
  • “From a Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

New Age album

  • “Reflection” — Brian Eno
  • “SongVersation: Medicine” — India.Arie
  • “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater
  • “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 5” — Kitaro
  • “Spiral Revelation” — Steve Roach

You can check out the full list here. 

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