2018 GRAMMY nominations

Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar set to clean up for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, and rock seems to have fallen out of fashion

2018 GRAMMY nominations

The final nomination list for the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards have been announced, and the omissions are perhaps more surprising that the inclusions. 

Despite being a multi-million selling album, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ failed to be nominated in the main categories This is likely due to the multiple nominations received by Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar.

Lady Gaga is also only present in the pop categories for her fifth studio album Joanne, and Katy Perry isn’t on the nomination list at all. Taylor Swift is also missing from the list, with her single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ failing to impress the judges. Her album, Reputation, was released too late to be considered.  

The late Carrie Fisher received a posthumous Grammy nomination in the spoken word category for a reading of her autobiography The Princess Diarist. Posthumous nominations were also given to Leonard Cohen, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, and Chris Cornell.   

Below are nominations for some of the most popular categories. To see the nominations in every category, visit to GRAMMYs website. Bare in mind that to be eligible, the recording had to be released between October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.

Album Of The Year

  • Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!

  • Jay Z - 4:44

  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn

  • Lorde - Melodrama

  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Record Of The Year

  • Childish Gambino - Redbone

  • Luis Fonsi - Despacito

  • Jay Z - The Story of OJ

  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

  • Kendrick Lamar - Humble

Song Of The Year

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito

  • Jay Z - 4:44

  • Julia Michael - Issues

  • Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like

Best New Artist

  • Alessia Cara

  • Lil Uzi Vert

  • Khalid 

  • Julia Michaels

  • SZA

Best Pop Album

  • Coldplay - Kaleidoscope EP

  • Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

  • Imagine Dragons - Evolve

  • Kesha - Rainbow

  • Lady Gaga - Joanne

  • Ed Sheeran - ÷ (Divide)

Best Rock Album

  • Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand

  • Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct

  • Nothing More - The Stories We Tell Ourselves

  • Queens of the Stone Age - Villains

  • The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Arcade Fire - Everything Now

  • Gorillaz - Humanz

  • LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

  • Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

  • The National - Sleep Well Beast

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • 6LACK - Free 6LACK

  • Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!

  • Khalid - American Teen

  • SZA - Ctrl

  • The Weeknd - Starboy

Best R&B Album

  • Daniel Caesar - Freudian 

  • Ledisi - Let Love Rule 

  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

  • PJ Morton - Gumbo

  • Musiq Soulchild - Feel the Real

Best Rap Album

  • Jay Z - 4:44

  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn 

  • Migos - Culture

  • Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

  • Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy

Best Country Album

  • Kenny Chesney - Cosmic Hallelujah

  • Lady Antebellum - Heart Break

  • Little Big Town - The Breaker

  • Thomas Rhett - Life Changes

  • Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1

Best Musical Theatre Album

  • Come From Away

  • Dear Evan Hansen

  • Hello, Dolly!

Best Music Video

  • Beck - Up All Night

  • Jain - Makeba

  • Jay Z - The Story Of O.J.

  • Kendrick Lamar - Humble.

  • Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

Best Music Film

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - One More Time With Feeling

  • The Grateful Dead - Long Strange Trip

  • Various Artists - The Defiant Ones

  • Various Artists - Soundbreaking

  • Various Artists - Two Trains Runnin'


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