Grammys: Ed Sheeran snubbed while Jay-Z tops nods

ANI | Updated: Nov 28, 2017 22:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 28 (ANI): He may be one of the biggest pop stars, but Ed Sheeran failed to pick up a nomination in the main categories at the 2018 Grammy Awards, surprising many industry observers.

Though the 26-year-old singer did get two Grammy nods for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album for 'Shape of You' and '÷' (Divide), respectively, many fans were disappointed that he didn't appear on the list for any of the major categories, including Record, Song, or Album of the Year.

Coldplay will battle it out with Sheeran in the pop vocal album category, while they are also nominated for best pop duo/group performance for their collaboration with The Chainsmokers on 'Something Just Like This.'

Jay-Z leads this year's nomination slate with eight surrounding his '4:44' album, followed by Compton's Lamar with seven and R&B-pop singer-songwriter Bruno Mars with six.

Album of the year nominees are Jay-Z's '4:44,' Gambino's 'Awaken, My Love!,' Lamar's 'Damn.,' Lorde's 'Melodrama' and Mars' '24K Magic.'

Contenders for record-of-the-year, which honors vocal performance, songwriting, production and engineering, are Gambino's 'Redbone,' Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito' (which also featured Justin Bieber), Lamar's 'Humble.,' Jay-Z's 'The Story of O.J.' and Mars' '24K Magic.'

Drake's More Life will also be absent, as he did not submit it.

The Grammys themselves are slated for January 28, 2018; in the midst of the US awards season. The eligibility period for releases was October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017.

James Corden hosted the 2017 event, which made Adele the first artist in history to win all three general field awards in the same ceremony twice.

She won five trophies overall on the night, but notably claimed Album of the Year should have been given to Beyonce instead.

Next year's Grammys will be the 60th in its history.

The list of nominees for selected categories is below:

Album of the year:

Awaken, My Love! - Childish Gambino

4:44 - Jay-Z

Damn - Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama - Lorde

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Record of the year:

Redbone - Childish Gambino

Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber

The Story of OJ - Jay-Z

Humble. - Kendrick Lamar

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Song of the year:

Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber

4:44 - Jay-Z

Issues - Julia Michaels

1-800-273-8255 - Logic feat Alessia Cara and Khalid

That's What I Like - Bruno Mars

New artist:

Alessia Cara


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels


Pop solo performance:

Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson

Praying - Kesha

Million Reasons - Lady Gaga

What About Us - Pink

Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

Pop duo/group performance:

Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber

Thunder - Imagine Dragons

Feel It Still - Portugal The Man

Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara

Traditional pop vocal album:

Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version) - Michael Buble

Triplicate - Bob Dylan

In Full Swing - Seth MacFarlane

Wonderland - Sarah McLachlan

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 - Various Artists

Pop vocal album:

Kaleidoscope EP - Coldplay

Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey

Evolve - Imagine Dragons

Rainbow - Kesha

Joanne - Lady Gaga

÷ (Divide) - Ed Sheeran

Dance recording:

Bambro Koyo Ganda - Bonobo feat Innov Gnawa

Cola - Camelphat and Elderbrook

Andromeda - Gorillaz feat Dram

Tonite - LCD Soundsystem

Line of Sight - Odesza feat Wynne and Mansionair

Dance/electronic album:

Migration - Bonobo

3-D the Catalogue - Kraftwerk

Mura Masa - Mura Masa

A Moment Apart - Odesza

What Now - Sylvan Esso

Rock performance:

You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen

The Promise - Chris Cornell

Run - Foo Fighters

No Good - Kaleo

Go to War - Nothing More

Rock song:

Atlas, Rise! - Metallica

Blood in the Cut - K.Flay

Go to War - Nothing More

Run - Foo Fighters

The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold

Rock album:

Emperor of Sand - Mastodon

Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct - Metallica

The Stories We Tell Ourselves - Nothing More

Villains - Queens of the Stone Age

A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs

R&B performance:

Get You - Daniel Caesar feat Kali Uchis

Distraction - Kehlani

High - Ledisi

That's What I Like - Bruno Mars

The Weekend - SZA

Traditional R&B performance:

Laugh and Move on - the Baylor Project

Redbone - Childish Gambino

What I'm Feelin' - Anthony Hamilton feat the Hamiltones

All the Way - Ledisi

Still - Mali Music

R&B song:

First Began - PJ Morton

Location - Khalid

Redbone - Childish Gambino

Supermodel - SZA

That's What I Like - Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album:

Free 6lack - 6lack

Awaken, My Love! - Childish Gambino

American Teen - Khalid

Ctrl - SZA

Starboy - the Weeknd

R&B album:

Freudian - Daniel Caesar

Let Love Rule - Ledisi

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Gumbo - PJ Morton

Feel the Real - Musiq Soulchild

Rap performance:

Bounce Back - Big Sean

Bodak Yellow - Cardi B

4:44 - Jay-Z

Humble - Kendrick Lamar

Bad and Boujee - Migos feat Lil Uzi Vert

Rap/sung performance:

Prblms - 6lack

Crew - Goldlink feat Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy

Family Feud - Jay-Z feat Beyonce

Loyalty. - Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna

Love Galore - SZA feat Travis Scott

Rap song:

Bodak Yellow - Cardi B

Chase Me - Danger Mouse feat Run the Jewels and Big Boi

Humble - Kendrick Lamar

Sassy - Rapsody

The Story of OJ - Jay-Z

Rap album:

4:44 - Jay-Z

Damn - Kendrick Lamar

Culture - Migos

Laila's Wisdom - Rapsody

Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator

Country solo performance:

Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt

Losing You - Alison Krauss

Tin Man - Miranda Lambert

I Could Use a Love Song - Maren Morris

Either Way - Chris Stapleton

Country album:

Cosmic Hallelujah - Kenny Chesney

Heart Break - Lady Antebellum

The Breaker - Little Big Town

Life Changes - Thomas Rhett

From a Room: Volume 1 - Chris Stapleton

Jazz vocal album:

The Journey - The Baylor Project

A Social Call - Jazzmeia Horn

Bad Ass and Blind - Raul Midon

Porter Plays Porter - Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King

Dreams and Daggers - Cecile McLorin Salvant

World music album:

Memoria de los Sentidos - Vicente Amigo

Para Mi - Buika

Rosa Dos Ventos - Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro

Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration - Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Elwan - Tinariwen

Producer of the year, non-classical:

Calvin Harris

Greg Kurstin

Blake Mills


The Stereotypes

Folk album:

Mental Illness - Aimee Mann

Semper Femina - Laura Marling

The Queen of Hearts - Offa Rex

You Don't Own Me Anymore - the Secret Sisters

The Laughing Apple - Yusuf/Cat Stevens (ANI)