Z Leads With Eight Grammy Nominations As Black Artists Shine

2018 GRAMMY Nominations: Where to Watch and the Expected Frontrunners

Black artists are often relegated to categories like rap and R&B and rarely move out of them.

Jay-Z received eight nominations for his album "4:44", and Kendrick Lamar received seven for his album "DAMN".

Despite the (mostly) quality major categories, the Academy did what it does best and still find a way to screw it up. Lady Antebellum's Heart Break is up for Best Country Album and their "You Look Good" earned a nod in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category, while newcomers Midland earned two nods as well, with their breakout hit, "Drinkin' Problem" up for both Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. SZA also earned a Best Urban Contemporary category nomination; her brilliant debut album CTRL would be a deserving pick in that category. Thankfully absent from these main categories are two Grammys favorites: Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Twenty-seven-time Grammy victor Alison Krauss, the leading victor among female artists in Grammy history, scored two nominations for tracks from her Windy City LP, "Losing You" and "I Never Cared for You".

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Using the hashtag #OscarsBeSoWhite fans and celebrities alike took to Twitter to protest the fact that out of the 20 actors and actresses nominated in the lead and supporting categories for 2015 and 2016, none were non-white. Her new album Reputation, which sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week, did not make the cutoff date for this year's awards.

Drake has previously been nominated 33 times at the Grammys, and has won three times: Best Rap song for Hotline Bling, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Hotline Bling, and Best Rap Album for Take Care.

Meanwhile this year, Jay-Z is the leader of the pack, as he gained the most nominations for the 2018 Grammys. But don't put it past the Academy to award popularity as always and give it all to "Despacito" and Bruno Mars. See the full list on the Grammys website.

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