2018 Grammy Nominees: Who Was Snubbed & Who’s Reppin’ Australia

Written by Emmy Mack on 1st December, 2017

2018 Grammy Nominees: Who Was Snubbed & Who’s Reppin’ Australia

The 2018 Grammy Award nominations have just landed, and there are some MAJOR snubs, plus some surprising reps for Australia.

Sydney trio Mansionair scored a cheeky nod in the Best Dance Recording category for their work on US duo Odesza’s track ‘Line Of Sight’ with hip-hop artist WYNNE.

While Sia scored a nomination in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category for her tune ‘Never Give Up’ from the 2016 movie Lion, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds were nominated for Best Music Film for their One More Time With Feeling.

The overall noms were dominated by Jay-Z, who picked up winks in eight separate categories including the big Album Of The Year field where he’ll be up against Kendrick Lamar, nipping at his heels with seven nods across the board.

Interestingly, the Album Of The Year category is a white-dude-free zone for the first time in almost two decades this time around, with Jay-Z’s 4:44 and Kenny’s DAMN. up against Bruno Mars24K Magic, Childish Gambino‘s Awaken, My Love! and Lorde‘s Melodrama.

Speaking of Lorde, it’s a strange year for the Kiwi alt-pop kween, who — despite being up for the year’s biggest gong — received zero nominations in any other field. Go figure?

Meanwhile, longtime Grammys darlings Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have both received very little love this year, either.

T-Swizzle’s new album Reputation missed the eligibility cut-off for Grammys consideration but she did have three other songs in contention — including ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ — all of which got the stink-eye from the Grammys panel.

The 10-time Grammy winner managed to score two other nominations though, one for her contribution to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack — ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ — for Best Song Written for Visual Media (it’s up against La La Land though, so, uh, don’t hold your breath Tay), and another for the sneaky hit she penned for Little Big Town — ‘Better Man’ — in Best Country Song category (she’ll probably win that one TBH).

Sheerios are no doubt seeing more red than usual after gingernut tunesmith Ed Sheeran’s hit-stuffed Divide was given a jaw-dropping snub in the Album Of The Year category, only getting a wink in the Best Pop Vocal Album field. Sheeran also snuck in with a Best Pop Solo Performance nom for his mega-hit, ‘Shape of You’.

Elsewhere, One Direction’s Grammys curse continues, almost sadly, with Harry Styles‘ critically acclaimed self-titled solo album getting the thumbs-down across the board, even in the Best Pop Vocal Album category where it surely deserved a berth.

Katy Perry was unsurprisingly MIA from the entire list on the heels of her divisive Witness album, marking her first ever Grammys across-the-board cockblock since back before she released her breakout single ‘I Kissed A Girl’.

While seminal rap group A Tribe Called Quest controversially received no love for their final album featuring departed MC Phife Dawg, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service.

Rapper Q-Tip responded to the snub on Twitter, writing: “Fuck da grammys!!!”

“We were the most black, cultured group out,” he later added on Instagram. “That’s all we stood on. That’s what we represented, This last Tribe album, this stands with everyone else’s shit that’s up there. I don’t give a fuck.”

Other notable highlights from this year’s nominees list include Kesha‘s first ever nods. Capping off her redemption narrative in glorious style, the embattled popstar’s single ‘Praying’ is up for Best Pop Solo Performance (and with that glass-shattering high note is likely in good shape to win), while Rainbow is also up for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Finally, departed Soundgarden legend Chris Cornell received a posthumous nod in the Best Rock Performance category for ‘The Promise’, while other departed greats Leonard Cohen and Glen Campbell were also nominated.

Catch the full list of 2018 Grammy nominees below.

2018 Grammy Awards Nominees

Album of the Year
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!
Jay-Z, 4:44
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lorde, Melodrama

Song of the Year
Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Jay-Z, “4:44”
Julia Michaels, “Issues”
Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid, “1-800-273-8255”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Record of the Year
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Jay-Z, “The Story of O.J.”
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, “Love So Soft”
Kesha, “Praying”
Lady Gaga, “Million Reasons”
P!nk, “What About Us”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape Of You”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Imagine Dragons, “Thunder”
Portugal. The Man, “Feel lt Still”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Michael Bublé, Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)
Bob Dylan, Triplicate
Seth MacFarlane, In Full Swing
Sarah McLachlan, Wonderland
Various Artists, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Kesha, Rainbow
Lady Gaga, Joanne
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)

Best Dance Recording
Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa, “Bambro Koyo Ganda”
Camelphat & Elderbrook, “Cola”
Gorillaz Featuring DRAM, “Andromeda”
LCD Soundsystem, “Tonite”
Odesza Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair, “Line Of Sight”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Bonobo, Migration
Kraftwerk, 3-D The Catalogue
Mura Masa, Mura Masa
Odesza, A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso, What Now

Best Rock Performance
Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker”
Chris Cornell, “The Promise”
Foo Fighters, “Run”
Kaleo, “No Good”
Nothing More, “Go To War”

Best Metal Performance
August Burns Red, “Invisible Enemy”
Body Count, “Black Hoodie”
Code Orange, “Forever”
Mastodon, “Sultan’s Curse”
Meshuggah, “Clockworks”

Best Rock Song
James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica), “Atlas, Rise!”
JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters (K.Flay), “Blood In The Cut”
Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters (Nothing More), “Go To War”
Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters), “Run”
Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold), “The Stage”

Best Rock Album
Mastodon, Emperor of Sand
Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
Nothing More, The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains
The War On Drugs, A Deeper Understanding

Best Alternative Music Album
Arcade Fire, Everything Now
Gorillaz, Humanz
LCD Soundsystem, American Dream
Father John Misty, Pure Comedy
The National, Sleep Well Beast

Best R&B Performance
Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis, “Get You”
Kehlani, “Distraction”
Ledisi, “High”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
SZA, “The Weekend”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
The Baylor Project, “Laugh And Move On”
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones, “What I’m Feelin’”
Ledisi, “All The Way”
Mali Music, “Still”

Best R&B Song
PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton), “First Began”
Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid), “Location
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino), “Redbone”
Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA), “Supermodel”
Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars), “That’s What I Like”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
6LACK, Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!
Khalid, American Teen
SZA, Ctrl
The Weeknd, Starboy

Best R&B Album 
Daniel Caesar, Freudian
Ledisi, Let Love Rule 
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
PJ Morton, Gumbo
Musiq Soulchild, Feel The Real

Best Rap Performance 
Big Sean, “Bounce Back”
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
Jay-Z, “4:44”
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad And Boujee”

Best Rap/Sung Performance
6LACK, “PRBLMS”
Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy, “Crew”
Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé, “Family Feud”
Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna, “LOYALTY.”
SZA Featuring Travis Scott, “Love Galore”

Best Rap Song
Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B), “Bodak Yellow”
Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi), “Chase Me”
Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar), “HUMBLE.”
Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody), “Sassy”
Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z), “The Story Of O.J.”

Best Rap Album
Jay-Z, 4:44
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Migos, Culture
Rapsody, Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator, Flower Boy

Best Country Solo Performance
Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
Alison Krauss, “Losing You”
Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man”
Maren Morris, “I Could Use A Love Song”
Chris Stapleton, “Either Way”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault”
Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man”
Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem”

Best Country Song
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town), “Better Man”
Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt), “Body Like A Back Road”
Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton), “Broken Halos”
Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland), “Drinkin’ Problem”
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert), “Tin Man”

Best Country Album
Kenney Chesney, Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum, Heart Break 
Little Big Town, The Breaker
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1

Best Music Video
Beck, “Up All Night”
Jain, “Makeba”
Jay-Z, “The Story Of O.J.”
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Best Music Film 
(Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) Andrew Dominik, video director; Dulcie Kellett & James Wilson, video producers, “One More Time With Feeling”
(The Grateful Dead) Amir Bar-Lev, video director; Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff & Justin Kreutzmann, video producers, “Long Strange Trip”
(Various Artists) Allen Hughes, video director; Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams, video producers, “The Defiant Ones”
(Various Artists) Maro Chermayeff & Jeff Dupre, video directors; Joshua Bennett, Julia Marchesi, Sam Pollard, Sally Rosenthal, Amy Schewel & Warren Zanes, video producers, “Soundbreaking”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Various Artists, Baby Driver 
Various Artists, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Various Artists, Hidden Figures: The Album 
Various Artists, La La Land 
Various Artists, Moana: The Songs

Best Score/Soundtrack for Visual Media
Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer, Arrival
Hans Zimmer, composer, Dunkirk 
Ramin Djawadi, composer, Game of Thrones: Season 7
Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers, Hidden Figures
Justin Hurwitz, composer, La La Land

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone), “City Of Stars”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho), “How Far I’ll Go”
Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Zayn & Taylor Swift), “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
Sia Furler & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia), “Never Give Up”
Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day featuring Common), “Stand Up For Something”

Best Spoken Word Album
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 
Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
Shelly Peiken, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter 
Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo, Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders)
Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist

Best Comedy Album
Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas
Jim Gaffigan, Cinco
Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Before Seinfeld 
Sarah Silverman, A Speck of Dust
Kevin Hart, What Now?

Best Musical Theater Album 
Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, David Hein, David Lai & Irene Sankoff, producers; David Hein & Irene Sankoff, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Come From Away 
Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Dear Evan Hansen 
Bette Midler, principal soloist; Steven Epstein, producer (Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording), Hello, Dolly!


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