Jay-Z, Lamar, hip-hop dominate Grammy nominations, but can they win?

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.

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

More Life, which reached number one in the USA and number two in the United Kingdom album charts, was missed off the list after a source close to the nomination process said he did not submit the record for Album of the Year or Best Rap Album.

Despite the (mostly) quality major categories, the Academy did what it does best and still find a way to screw it up.

All the nominees for the Record of the Year category are all artists of colour, except for Justin Bieber, who collaborated with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, on the hit song "Despacito".

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Best New Artist: Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, SZA. SZA also earned a Best Urban Contemporary category nomination; her brilliant debut album CTRL would be a deserving pick in that category. That tune also earns Taylor Swift a nomination in the country category as songwriter. And even that seems generous, given his laughable new album (but that's never stopped the Academy before).

Yet the only hip-hop artists to win album of the year in the Grammys' 59 previous years were OutKast (in 2004) and Lauryn Hill (1999), an embarrassingly small representation in a 40-year span that has produced culture-shifting artists such as Lamar, West and countless others.

For the first time in almost two decades, the Grammy Awards do not include any white men in its Album of the Year category. Kendrick Lamar is not far behind with seven.

After the full list of Grammy nominations were published, people had a lot of questions, namely: Just where, exactly, is Drake's nomination?

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.

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