Hip-hop dominates this year’s Grammy nominations

The Grammy nominations were release this week, which told us two things; 2018 has been a big year in music, and Bradley Cooper is now a 'Grammy nominated recording artist'.

There’s something else notable about this year’s nomination list; R&B and hip-hop are clearly dominating. After years of pop-music wins, some notable names are missing this year with Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato all failing to get a mention.

Jay-Z took out the ‘top dawg’ award, with eight nominations coming from his wildly successful album 4:44. Including nominations for both Album of The Year and Record of The Year. Kendrick Lamar comes in close second with seven shout-outs.

Mac Miller’s album Swimming is up for best rap album, his first ever Grammy nomination, only three short months after his tragic passing.

Lady Gaga has also probably let out a delighted ‘haaaaaaaaaaaaa-aaa-aaaa-aaa, aaa-aaaah’ that her track ‘Shallow’ from A Star is Born has received a Record of the Year nod.

Here are some of the other nominations from selected categories:

Album Of The Year

“Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B

“By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile

“Scorpion,” Drake

“H.E.R.,” H.E.R.

“Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone

“Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae

“Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves

“Black Panther: The Album,” Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Camila,” Camila Cabello

“Meaning Of Life,” Kelly Clarkson

“Sweetener,” Ariana Grande

“Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes

“Beautiful Trauma,” P!nk

“Reputation,” Taylor Swift

Best R&B Album

“Sex & Cigarettes,” Toni Braxton

“Good Thing,” Leon Bridges

“Honestly,” Lalah Hathaway

“H.E.R.” H.E.R.

“Gumbo Unplugged (Live),” PJ Morton

Best Country Album

“Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini

“Port Saint Joe,” Brothers Osborne

“Girl Going Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde

“Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves

“Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton

Record Of The Year

“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile

“This is America,” Childish Gambino

“God’s Plan,” Drake

“Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

“All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Song Of The Year

“All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe

“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane

“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron Latour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib.

“In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton

“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth

“The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski

“Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt

“This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson

Best New Artist

Chloe X Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet


Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

If you want to see the full list, check out the full list of Grammy nominations here.

Imagery via Pedestrian TV.