The Grammy awards are set to take place on January 28th, and Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars have taken over all of the main categories. Jay-Z is the most likely to take home more Grammys than any other artist, considering the fact that he has eight nominations, the most this year. Kendrick Lamar is following close on Jay-Z’s tracks though with seven nominations, and Bruno Mars completes the top three nominees with six nominations. There are several artists with five nominations, including; Childish Gambino, Khaled, and No I.D. SZA is also nominated for five awards, making her the woman with the highest number of nominations.
No Signs of Slowing Down
There are a few artists that dominate the four general categories for the Grammys. These categories are Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Jay-Z’s album 4:44 is nominated for Album of the Year, his song “4:44” is nominated for record of the year, and “The Story of O.J.” is nominated for Song of the Year. 4:44 is Jay-Z’s critically acclaimed 13th album, and it provides a deep, soulful look into the artist’s mind, where he confronts and discusses some deeply personal situations, including his response to infidelity allegations, and political and cultural opinions.
The Donald Glover Era
Childish Gambino’s third studio album “Awaken, My Love!” is creatively different than his previous work because it focuses less on hip-hop and more on a fusion of genres, like R&B, funk, and soul, among others. Critics loved Childish Gambino’s change in direction, and “Awaken, My Love!” is nominated as Album of the Year with “Redbone” nominated as Record of the Year.
Bruno Mars is Solid Gold
24K Magic is the third studio album by Bruno Mars, and it keeps a similar style to his previous albums. 24K Magic has been a commercial success filled with 90’s nostalgia, and it is nominated for Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
Damn! Kung Fu Kenny!
DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar is nominated for Album of the Year, and the single “HUMBLE.” is nominated for Record of the Year. DAMN. is critically acclaimed, and Rolling Stone even considered it to be the best album of the year.
Considering the success of 4:44 and the fact that he has eight nominations, it is likely that Jay-Z’s album could take home Album of the Year, but Kendrick Lamar is only one nomination behind Jay-Z and makes this win less of a guarantee with the critical and commercial success of DAMN. Childish Gambino should win Record of the Year for “Redbone” since the song is such a new direction for him, it is so beautifully produced, and since it truly sounds like art, rather than just entertainment. Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” was a huge hit that will likely win Song of the Year.
Don’t Forget The New Faces
SZA has more nominations than any other new artist, with five nominations, likely landing her the title of Best New Artist. Despite his many nominations, it is possible that Bruno Mars will not win any awards in the four general categories this year, but there is no shame in that considering the strength of the other nominees. Also, he has other nominations in other categories, so he can still go home a winner by the end of the night.
The last round of voting for the Grammys is from December 7-21, and the awards show is scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 28 in Madison Square. The Grammys will be live on CBS at 4:30 PM PST.
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Leah Helms is a freelance writer whose work is mainly focused on entertainment, women’s interests, and finance. She has been writing professionally for over five years and has had articles published by Cheat Sheet, Yahoo Finance, and others. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, son, dog, and two cats.