Nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards: Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars lead nominations

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Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars are top nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards. Image: AP, AFP, Atlantic Records

Jay-Z received eight nominations, followed by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar at seven and retro R&B star Bruno Mars at six.

Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow says he was “pleased” when he received the list of nominees, reports Billboard.

This year, the Academy added a rap nomination review committee. Portnow called the nominations “a wonderful reflection on our organization and how relevant and in touch and savvy our voting members are.”

Here is a list of nominees in major categories for the Grammy Awards, with winners to be unveiled at a gala in New York on January 28:

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, recognizing overall performance on a song

Childish Gambino, “Redbone”

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

Jay-Z, “The Story of O.J.”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Song of the Year, recognizing songwriting

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber along with songwriters Erika Ender, Marty James Garton and Poo Bear, “Despacito”

Jay-Z along with producer No I.D., “4:44”

Julia Michaels along with songwriters Benny Blanco and Justin Tranter and production duo Stargate, “Issues”

Alessia Cara, Logic and Khalid along with producer 6ix, “1-800-273-8255”

Bruno Mars along with songwriters Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy and Philip Lawrence and production team The Stereotypes, “That’s What I Like”

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

Best Rap Album

Jay-Z, “4:44”

Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”

Migos, “Culture”

Rapsody, “Laila’s Wisdom”

Tyler, The Creator, “Flower Boy”

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 Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay, “Kaleidoscope EP”

Lana Del Rey, “Lust for Life”

Imagine Dragons, “Evolve”

Kesha, “Rainbow”

Lady Gaga, “Joanne”

Ed Sheeran, “Divide”

Best Alternative Music Album

Arcade Fire, “Everything Now”

Father John Misty, “Pure Comedy”

Gorillaz, “Humanz”

LCD Soundsystem, “American Dream”

The National, “Sleep Well Beast”

Best World Music Album

Vicente Amigo, “Memoria de los Sentidos”

Buika, “Para Mi”

Anat Cohen and Trio Brasiliero, “Rosa Dos Ventos”

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration”

Tinariwen, “Elwan”

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Bonobo, “Migration”

Kraftwerk, “3-D The Catalogue”

Mura Masa, “Mura Masa”

Odesza, “A Moment Apart”

Sylvan Esso, “What Now” NVG

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