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For The First Time, the GRAMMY Has No White Men For ‘Album Of The Year’ Category
By Izza Sofia, 11 Dec 2017
Image via Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com
The 2018 nominees for the upcoming GRAMMY Awards represent a major step in a refreshing direction.
For the first time in the ceremony’s six-decade history, a woman and people of color have seized the Recording Academy’s go-to demographic from among the principal artists in contention for ‘Album of the Year’—the flagship category in nominations announced for the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
Jay-Z’s 4:44, Kendrick Lamar’s Damn, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, Lorde’s Melodrama and Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! will compete for the music industry’s most prestigious prize on 28 January in New York.
That is not the only award whose nominations reflect the change. For ‘Record of the Year’, singles by Jay-Z, Lamar, Mars and Gambino are up against Despacito, the chart-topping hit by Puerto Rico’s Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Nominees for ‘Song of the Year’ include tunes by Logic and Julia Michaels.
There are also some noteworthy victories in other categories. Lil Uzi Vert is up for ‘Best New Artist’, Dave Chappelle earned his first-ever nomination, and Cardi B’s still-ubiquitous Bodak Yellow bagged multiple nods.
[via The Daily Beast, opening image via Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com]
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