HOLLYWOOD—I’m so annoyed with the Recording Academy expanding the list of contenders for Album, Record and Song of the Year from five nominees to eight. I honestly think it’s the stupidest thing in the world. It was done to diversify the list of nominees, but that can be done by diversifying the Recording Academy’s membership.

I mean why expand the list of nominees, knowing there will be several contenders without a chance of winning. It’s like the Academy Awards expanding its Best Picture contenders, where from the get go there are 3 front-runners and the rest have not a chance in the world of a win.

Enough of my rant, the contenders for music’s biggest accolade were revealed on Wednesday, December 5, and leading the pack was Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations including “Album of the Year” for the “Black Panther” soundtrack. Drake picked up six nominations including Album of the Year for “Scorpion,” as did Boi-1Da and Brandi Carlile.

Lady Gaga earned several nominations for the song “Shallow” which is nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. There were some surprises of course. Very little love was given to Taylor Swift and her “Reputation” album which only secured one nomination.

A partial list of this year’s nominees can be see below. To view a complete list of all nominees click here:

Album of the Year

-“Invasion of Privacy” Cardi B

-“By the Way, I Forgive You” Brandi Carlile

-“Scorpion” Drake

-“H.E.R.” H.E.R.

-“Beerbongs & Bentleys” Post Malone

-“Dirty Computer” Janelle Monae

-“Golden Hour” Kacey Musgraves

-“Black Panther: The Album”

Record of the Year

-“I Like It” Cardi B

-“All the Stars” Kendrick Lamar & SZA

-“The Middle” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey Grey

-“Rockstar” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

-“Shallow” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

-“God’s Plan” Drake

-“The Joke” Brandi Carlile

-“This is America” Childish Gambino

-“I Like It” Cardi B

Song of the Year

-“All the Stars”

-“Boo’d Up”

-“In My Blood”

-“God’s Plan”

-“This is America”


-“The Middle”

-“The Joke”

Best New Artist

-Jorja Smith

-Bebe Rexha

-Luke Combs


-Dua Lipa

-Margo Price

-Greta van Fleet

-Chloe x Halle

Best Pop Vocal Album

-“Reputation” Taylor Swift

-“Camila” Camila Cabello

-“Meaning of Life” Kelly Clarkson

-“Sweetner” Ariana Grande

-“Beautiful Trauma” Pink

-“Shawn Mendes” Shawn Mendes

Best Rock Album

-“Mania” Fall Out Boy

-“Prequelle” Ghost

-“From the Fires” Greta Van Fleet

-“Pacific Daydream” Weezer

-“Rainer Fog” Alice in Chains

Best R&B Album

-“Sex & Cigarettes” Toni Braxton

-“Honestly” Lalah Hathaway

-“Good Thing” Leon Bridges

-“H.E.R.” H.E.R.

-“Gumbo Unplugged”

Best Country Album

“Golden Hour” Kacey Musgraves

-“Unapologetically” Kelsea Ballerini

-“Port Saint Joe” Brothers Osborne

-“From a Room: Volume 2” Chris Stapleton

“Girl Going Nowhere” Ashley McBryde

Best Rap Album

-“Invasion of Privacy” Cardi B

-“Astroworld” Travis Scott

-“Swimming” Mac Miller

-“Victory Lap” Nipsey Husle

-“Daytona” Pusha T

The Grammys will be handed out on Sunday, February 10, 2018 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live on CBS on at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.