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Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, And Bruno Mars Lead Grammy Nominations

Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars lead the music world in nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Jay-Z leads with eight nominations, Kendrick has seven nominations, and Bruno is up for six. Jay-z is already in elite company with his 21 Grammys, but this year it might be hard for Hov to win out.

Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album DAMN is one of the best albums to come out in a generation. The follow-up to every song is woven into the previous song, from DNA to Element to Fear, each song is masterfully constructed to embody the elements of the human condition.

On “Fear” Lamar spits about different fears he had at various points in his life. Like Sigmund Freud meets Scarface, Lamar connects the dots from the seven-year-old terrified of catching a beating from his mother to the 17-year-old terrified of being murdered by police to the 27-year-old terrified of fame.

Jay-Z was not outdone coming out with his most personal album 4:44. His track “The Story of O.J.” is a commentary on the plight of African Americans in society. The video caused some outrage with the Jay-Z appearing as Black Sambo character “Jaybo” rapping over the Nina Simone sample. “Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga / Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga Still nigga, still nigga,” Jay-Z raps. The song drives the concept of changing the culture to strive for financial freedom instead of materialism.

Bruno Mars, with six total nominations, also received recognition in the Big Three with 24K Magic (Album of the Year), the album’s title track (Record of the Year) and “That’s What I Like” (Song of the Year).

Record Of The Year

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Best Rap Album

4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Culture — Migos
Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody
Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

The Grammys air on January 28th.

Let us know who you think should win Album of The Year.

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