2017 Grammy Nominations Released

The 60th Grammy Awards will take place in late January on CBS honoring the best in the music industry for 2017. On Tuesday morning, the nominees for each award were released to the public, led by some big names in rap and hip-hop.

Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar received the most nominations of any artists. The former grabbed eight nominations for his newest album, 4:44. Lamar, meanwhile, was nominated seven times for his latest album, Damn.

Album of the Year will come down to those two, as well as Childish Gambino’s R&B smash Awaken, My Love!, Lorde’s Melodrama, and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Four of those five are also up for Record of the Year, with Lorde being the only one to miss the cut. In her place is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” a Spanish-American crossover hit.

There continues some overlap for Song of the Year. “Despacito” and “4:44” both made the list of finalists, along with “Issues,” “1–800–273–8255,” and “That’s What I Like.” The difference between Song and Record of the Year is a fine line. The best song is supposedly given for the writing of that song, while best record rewards the performance and singing of that song in question. We will see in January if anyone can capture both awards.

The other main award is for Best New Artist. The five nominees there are Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA. Interestingly, none of the new artists up for this award found themselves nominated in any of the other main categories. That could mean this one is wide open, though SZA garnered the most overall nominations for any female performer.