"4:44" album was nominated for album of the year, one of the top
three Grammy accolades. The album's title track and "The Story
of O.J." songs were nominated in song and record of the year.
"4:44" will compete for album of the year against R&B star Bruno
Mars' "24K Magic," New Zealand pop singer Lorde's "Melodrama,"
hip hop artists Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!" and
Kendrick Lamar's "Damn."
Lamar landed seven nominations overall, Mars got six including
the top three categories and Childish Gambino, the alter-ego of
actor Donald Glover, scored five nominations.
"Despacito," the hit from Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi
featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee landed three
nominations including record and song of the year.
The 60th Grammy Awards, music's biggest night
honoring the year's achievements across more than 80 categories,
are scheduled for Jan. 28 at New York City's Madison Square
Music released between October 2016 and September 2017 qualified
for this year's awards and will be voted for by members of the
Recording Academy, made up of music industry professionals.
Newcomer R&B singer SZA was the most-nominated female artist
with five nods including best new artist, in which she will face
singers Julia Michaels, Alessia Cara, Khalid and rapper Lil Uzi
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Taylor Swift's "Reputation" album will not be eligible this year due
to its November release, but she garnered two nominations including
writing country group Little Big Town's "Better Man."
The most notable ommission from Tuesday's Grammy nominations was
Canadian hip hop artist Drake, whose "More Life" album dominated
streaming, charts and radio play since its March release.
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose "Divide" album topped
charts around the world, garnered two nominations in the pop
categories. Lady Gaga and Kesha landed two nods each in the same
categories as Sheeran.
Pop star Katy Perry, who is yet to win a Grammy award, did not score
a single nomination for her "Witness" album.
The absence of some of the biggest female artists marked a stark
contrast with the 2017 awards, when Beyonce led the nominations and
Britain's Adele swept the top awards. Neither released new music
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy)
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