The 2017 Grammy Awards nominations are out and this time it is Jay Z leading the pack for his 13th studio album, ‘4:44’, closely followed by Kendrick Lamar for ‘DAMN’ and Bruno Mars who is leading the pack. Jay Z has eight nominations this year, while Kendrick Lamar has seven and Bruno Mars is the third most-nominated artist with six. SZA is 2018’s most Grammy-nominated woman with five while Khalid, Childish Gambino and producer No I.D. have five nominations. Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars each have nominations in Album and Record of the Year; Jay and Mars have also been nominated for Song of the Year for different tracks.

Jay-Z to receive Industry Icon award on Grammy Awards eve

Jay-Z to receive Industry Icon award on Grammy Awards eve

Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels and SZA are up for Best New Artist. According to a press release, the nominees were across 84 categories from more than 22,000 submissions. The voters are from “the Recording Academy’s membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.” The final round of Grammy voting is Dec. 7–21, 2017. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran, who was expected to be in the lead, received just two nominations in the pop category. Another expected candidate, former One Direction member Harry Styles was not on the list. A critics’ favourite, Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ scored an Album of the Year nod.

The eligibility period for the 2018 Grammys extended from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017. Also, the reason why Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ that sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week did not make to list as it released on November 10. While her ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ did not make to the list, she scored two nominations for her songwriting work on Little Big Town’s ‘Better Man’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ from the ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ soundtrack. The Grammys will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 28. The final round of Grammy voting runs from December 7-21.