Z Leads With Eight Grammy Nominations As Black Artists Shine

2018 GRAMMY Nominations: Where to Watch and the Expected Frontrunners

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?

Many felt Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly should have won as well.

The record of the year nominees include Jay-Z's The Story of O.J. a song about race, blackness and the financial management for the Africa-American community, and Kendrick's number one smash hit Humble, but whether this is the ceremony turning its tide on hip-hop and rap artists remains to be seen.

This morning, the Academy revealed its best list of Grammy nominations in years-which is not saying much, but still progress nonetheless.

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Meanwhile, rock continued to be pushed to the margins. Even though black artists make music that's actually more popular than what's in the "pop" categories, they don't usually win in the big name categories like Album of the Year or Record of the Year.

Fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar followed closely with seven nominations, whilst singer SZA is the most nominated women this year, for Best New Artist, Best R&B Performance for The Weekend, Best R&B Song for Supermodel, Best Rap Song for Love Galore featuring Travis Scott and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Ctrl.

Every year, the Grammy Award nominations can be described using the same basic terms: predictable, embarrassing, oblivious, etc. SZA, who earned five nomations, and Khalid will go toe-to-toe for Best New Artist. (Although "Look What You Made Me Do" was out in time, it didn't earn a nod.) Because she's Taylor Swift, however, she still managed to score two nominations for her songwriting work on Little Big Town's "Better Man" as well as "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. The 60th annual ceremony returns to New York City this year, recognizing the best in music released between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

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