2018 Grammy Awards; What Are Black People Expecting?

Is the 60th Grammy Awards An All Black Affair?

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Finally the much awaited 60th Grammy Nominations are here again and as usual, all eyes are on the song of the year, the record of the year and the album of the year category.

We are almost certain that ‘Beyhives’ and the black people as a whole are yet to recover from the bombshell that occurred earlier this year during the 59th Grammy awards. As if not winning album of the year wasn’t bad enough for Beyonce, EMMY awards snubbed her lemonade documentary too, which begs the question what is the fate of African American artists who have been constantly snubbed in major awards categories?

Well, it turns out this year is going to be different for the black people community in ways we have never seen before.


Jay – Z led the nomination for the 60th Grammy with eight, speedily followed by Kendrick Lamar whose “DAMN” album scored seven nods and of course Bruno Mars with six and Childish Gambino, new acts SZA and Khalid and producer NO I.D.(who worked on “4.44”) with five each. Below are the top categories lists.

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”
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 Best New Artist

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA.

15 Major Black Artists Dominate Grammy Award Categories

15 Major black Artists were nominated having them dominate the major categories of AOTY, SOTY and ROTY, but the real question is ‘ what are the odds?’ Will history repeat itself? Will black people be graced with the major categories award especially album of the year which a Black is yet to take home since Herbie Hancock, 10 years ago?

The AOTY category also has no white male nominees for the first time in 19years. While the obvious Grammy prediction would be Bruno Mars, it would be a shame not to see a rap album win the award. It’s been 14 years since Outkast took home the award for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Lamar has been nominated twice before and lost both times and Jay Z, whose two-decade career has produced 14 number one albums, has also never won the award.

Statistically, Jay Z, Kendrick, Burno and Gambino might split votes the votes of black people. Lorde is the only white artist nominated in that category while Jay Z and Kendrick are of the rap genre, Bruno Mars and Gambino are RnB majors, leaving Lorde again as the only Pop artiste in that category (one woman against four men). It is true that next year’s Grammy will be an all black people affair but the judges remains white and the odds might not be favourable, because here we have four men against one woman (some might decide to play the sexism and feminist card) and then we have four black men against a privileged white woman (some might play the race card here too). We can only hope for the best outcome.

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Nominations having black representations are one thing, but the real test will come when the Grammy winners are announced Jan. 28 live on CBS. May the best Man or Woman win.




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