Jay-Z, other rap and R&B artists, lead Grammy nominations

2018 GRAMMY Nominations: Where to Watch and the Expected Frontrunners

Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Migos, Tyler, The Creator and Rapsody Nominated for Best Rap Album at 2018 Grammy Awards

On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards and this year's ceremony is set to be pretty diverse.

Even the soulful British singer used her time on stage to acknowledge Beyonce's "monumental" album, calling her the "artist of my life" and asking: "what the f*** does she have to do to win album of the year?".

"Two of them!Thank you Lord.I couldn't be more grateful ❤️", penned Cardi B on Instagram upon learning that she's up for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance thanks to her record-breaking hit "Bodak Yellow". Both include a number of references to race and racial politics.

Meanwhile, rock continued to be pushed to the margins. 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.

2018 GRAMMY Nominations: Where to Watch and the Expected Frontrunners

It was also a decision that had not been made since 1998.

Contenders for record of the year include Jay-Z for "The Story of O.J.", Kendrick Lamar for "HUMBLE.", Bruno Mars for "24K Magic", Childish Gambino for "Redbone", and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber for "Despacito".

Song of the Year (awarded to the songwriter): Luis Fonsi, "Despacito"; Jay-Z, "4:44"; Julia Michaels, "Issues"; Logic featuring Alessia Cara, "1-800-273-8255"; Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like". SZA, who earned five nomations, and Khalid will go toe-to-toe for Best New Artist.

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. The 60th annual ceremony returns to New York City this year, recognizing the best in music released between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

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