Grammy Nominations 2018: It’s About Time This Awards Show Celebrated Diversity

Instagram/Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, Cardi B & Kendrick Lamar

On Tuesday, the Recording Academy released the 2018 Grammy nominations, and they came correct (well, except for that Tribe Called Quest snub) by acknowledging black and Latino artists for music’s grandest prize. Five of five songs for Record of the Year—which ranks as one of the industry’s highest honor—are by people of color.

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Leading the pack are Jay Z (eight nods), Kendrick Lamar (seven nods), and Mars (five nods). Mr. Uptown Funk's catchy and clever “What I Like” scored recognition in the Best R&B Performance category, and his 24K Magic is up Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

The biggest snaps go to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (and Panamanian songwriter Erika Ender) for making the industry recognize the behemoth called "Despacito," which earned three nods in major categories, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. If Fonsi wins for Song of the Year, it would be the first Spanish-language song to receive this honor. Fonsi scooped up all four awards he was nominated for at the Latin Grammys.

Fonsi posted on IG:  “Let’s continue sharing our beautiful culture and roots with the world. There is no better time than now.”

   

 

Not to be outdone, ish talker Cardi B’s "Bodak Yellow" is up for two gramophones in the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song categories. 

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Shakira, another Latin Grammy winner, for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for El Dorado, is also nominated for Best Latin Pop Album for the same recording. For the full list of nominees, including Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Alex Cuba, and more click here.

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