Rap and R&B Artists Top This Year's Grammy Nominees

Rap and R&B Artists Top This Year's Grammy Nominees

The National Academy of Recording Arts has announced the nominees in the running for the 2018 Grammy Awards. But will the academy follow through with some actual awards for those era-dominating genres when the winners in the major categories are announced in a nationally televised show January 28? Both include a number of references to race and racial politics. Kendrick Lamar is not far behind with seven.

Read on for messages from Grammy-nominated artists, including Pink and Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt.

Nor has a hip-hop track ever won song or record of the year.

All the nominees for the Record of the Year category are all artists of colour, except for Justin Bieber, who collaborated with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, on the hit song "Despacito".

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Major pop artists snubbed in the big categories were singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, whose album "Reputation" was released too late for Grammy consideration but whose single "Look What You Made Me Do" was eligible.

Every year, the Grammy Award nominations can be described using the same basic terms: predictable, embarrassing, oblivious, etc. The Rock and Alternative categories are completely dominated by men, while the Best New Artist category might be the strongest of the year in terms of representation with Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA all nominated.

Which is why it's incredibly important that, this year, the Grammy's Album of the Year category includes zero white dude artists (aside from a few producers in the background like Jack Antonoff, for example.) Lorde is the only white artist in the category of four other performers: Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar. "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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