2018 Grammy Nominees: Who Was Snubbed & Who’s Reppin’ Australia

UPDATE: Here’s The Full List Of 2018 Grammy Award Winners

ORIGINAL STORY: It’s music award-a-palooza today, people. Just as we’re recovering from all of the Barnesy-AC/DC-belting, Ball Park Music drunk-tweeting, all-star Daryl Braithwaite ‘Horses’ singalong-ing, Kirin J Callinan penis-flashing mayhem of last night’s ARIA Awards, the 2018 Grammy Award nominations have just landed.

And there are some MAJOR snubs, plus some surprising reps for Australia.

Sydney trio Mansionair scored a cheeky nod in the Best Dance Recording category for their work on US duo Odesza’s track ‘Line Of Sight’ with hip-hop artist WYNNE.

While Sia scored a nomination in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category for her tune ‘Never Give Up’ from the 2016 movie Lion, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds were nominated for Best Music Film for their One More Time With Feeling.

The overall noms were dominated by Jay-Z, who picked up winks in eight separate categories including the big Album Of The Year field where he’ll be up against Kendrick Lamar, nipping at his heels with seven nods across the board.

Interestingly, the Album Of The Year category is a white-dude-free zone for the first time in almost two decades this time around, with Jay-Z’s 4:44 and Kenny’s DAMN. up against Bruno Mars24K Magic, Childish Gambino‘s Awaken, My Love! and Lorde‘s Melodrama.

Speaking of Lorde, it’s a strange year for the Kiwi alt-pop kween, who — despite being up for the year’s biggest gong — received zero nominations in any other field. Go figure?

Meanwhile, longtime Grammys darlings Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have both received very little love this year, either.

T-Swizzle’s new album Reputation missed the eligibility cut-off for Grammys consideration but she did have three other songs in contention — including ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ — all of which got the stink-eye from the Grammys panel.

The 10-time Grammy winner managed to score two other nominations though, one for her contribution to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack — ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ — for Best Song Written for Visual Media (it’s up against La La Land though, so, uh, don’t hold your breath Tay), and another for the sneaky hit she penned for Little Big Town — ‘Better Man’ — in Best Country Song category (she’ll probably win that one TBH).

Sheerios are no doubt seeing more red than usual after gingernut tunesmith Ed Sheeran’s hit-stuffed Divide was given a jaw-dropping snub in the Album Of The Year category, only getting a wink in the Best Pop Vocal Album field. Sheeran also snuck in with a Best Pop Solo Performance nom for his mega-hit, ‘Shape of You’.

Elsewhere, One Direction’s Grammys curse continues, almost sadly, with Harry Styles‘ critically acclaimed self-titled solo album getting the thumbs-down across the board, even in the Best Pop Vocal Album category where it surely deserved a berth.

Katy Perry was unsurprisingly MIA from the entire list on the heels of her divisive Witness album, marking her first ever Grammys across-the-board cockblock since back before she released her breakout single ‘I Kissed A Girl’.

While seminal rap group A Tribe Called Quest controversially received no love for their final album featuring departed MC Phife Dawg, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service.

Rapper Q-Tip responded to the snub on Twitter, writing: “Fuck da grammys!!!”

“We were the most black, cultured group out,” he later added on Instagram. “That’s all we stood on. That’s what we represented, This last Tribe album, this stands with everyone else’s shit that’s up there. I don’t give a fuck.”

Other notable highlights from this year’s nominees list include Kesha‘s first ever nods. Capping off her redemption narrative in glorious style, the embattled popstar’s single ‘Praying’ is up for Best Pop Solo Performance (and with that glass-shattering high note is likely in good shape to win), while Rainbow is also up for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Finally, departed Soundgarden legend Chris Cornell received a posthumous nod in the Best Rock Performance category for ‘The Promise’, while other departed greats Leonard Cohen and Glen Campbell were also nominated.

Catch the full list of 2018 Grammy nominees below, or catch up on last night’s 2017 ARIA Awards winners right here.

2018 Grammy Awards Nominees

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”

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels


Best Pop Solo Performance

Kelly Clarkson, “Love So Soft”

Kesha, “Praying”

Lady Gaga, “Million Reasons”

P!nk, “What About Us”

Ed Sheeran, “Shape Of You”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

Imagine Dragons, “Thunder”

Portugal. The Man, “Feel lt Still”

Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Michael Bublé, Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)

Bob Dylan, Triplicate

Seth MacFarlane, In Full Swing

Sarah McLachlan, Wonderland

Various Artists, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90

Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay, Kaleidoscope EP

Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

Imagine Dragons, Evolve

Kesha, Rainbow

Lady Gaga, Joanne

Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)

Best Dance Recording

Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa, “Bambro Koyo Ganda”

Camelphat & Elderbrook, “Cola”

Gorillaz Featuring DRAM, “Andromeda”

LCD Soundsystem, “Tonite”

Odesza Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair, “Line Of Sight”

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Bonobo, Migration

Kraftwerk, 3-D The Catalogue

Mura Masa, Mura Masa

Odesza, A Moment Apart

Sylvan Esso, What Now

Best Rock Performance

Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker”

Chris Cornell, “The Promise”

Foo Fighters, “Run”

Kaleo, “No Good”

Nothing More, “Go To War”

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red, “Invisible Enemy”

Body Count, “Black Hoodie”

Code Orange, “Forever”

Mastodon, “Sultan’s Curse”

Meshuggah, “Clockworks”

Best Rock Song

James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica), “Atlas, Rise!”

JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters (K.Flay), “Blood In The Cut”

Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters (Nothing More), “Go To War”

Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters), “Run”

Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold), “The Stage”

Best Rock Album

Mastodon, Emperor of Sand

Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

Nothing More, The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains

The War On Drugs, A Deeper Understanding

Best Alternative Music Album

Arcade Fire, Everything Now

Gorillaz, Humanz

LCD Soundsystem, American Dream

Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

The National, Sleep Well Beast

Best R&B Performance

Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis, “Get You”

Kehlani, “Distraction”

Ledisi, “High”

Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

SZA, “The Weekend”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

The Baylor Project, “Laugh And Move On”

Childish Gambino, “Redbone”

Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones, “What I’m Feelin’”

Ledisi, “All The Way”

Mali Music, “Still”

Best R&B Song

PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton), “First Began”

Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid), “Location

Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino), “Redbone”

Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA), “Supermodel”

Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars), “That’s What I Like”

Best Urban Contemporary Album


Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!

Khalid, American Teen

SZA, Ctrl

The Weeknd, Starboy

Best R&B Album 

Daniel Caesar, Freudian

Ledisi, Let Love Rule 

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

PJ Morton, Gumbo

Musiq Soulchild, Feel The Real

Best Rap Performance 

Big Sean, “Bounce Back”

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

Jay-Z, “4:44”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad And Boujee”

Best Rap/Sung Performance


Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy, “Crew”

Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé, “Family Feud”

Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna, “LOYALTY.”

SZA Featuring Travis Scott, “Love Galore”

Best Rap Song

Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B), “Bodak Yellow”

Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi), “Chase Me”

Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar), “HUMBLE.”

Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody), “Sassy”

Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z), “The Story Of O.J.”

Best Rap Album

Jay-Z, 4:44

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

Migos, Culture

Rapsody, Laila’s Wisdom

Tyler, The Creator, Flower Boy

Best Country Solo Performance

Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”

Alison Krauss, “Losing You”

Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man”

Maren Morris, “I Could Use A Love Song”

Chris Stapleton, “Either Way”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault”

Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man”

Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem”

Best Country Song

Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town), “Better Man”

Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt), “Body Like A Back Road”

Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton), “Broken Halos”

Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland), “Drinkin’ Problem”

Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert), “Tin Man”

Best Country Album

Kenney Chesney, Cosmic Hallelujah

Lady Antebellum, Heart Break 

Little Big Town, The Breaker

Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1

Best Music Video

Beck, “Up All Night”

Jain, “Makeba”

Jay-Z, “The Story Of O.J.”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Best Music Film 

(Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) Andrew Dominik, video director; Dulcie Kellett & James Wilson, video producers, “One More Time With Feeling”

(The Grateful Dead) Amir Bar-Lev, video director; Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff & Justin Kreutzmann, video producers, “Long Strange Trip”

(Various Artists) Allen Hughes, video director; Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams, video producers, “The Defiant Ones”

(Various Artists) Maro Chermayeff & Jeff Dupre, video directors; Joshua Bennett, Julia Marchesi, Sam Pollard, Sally Rosenthal, Amy Schewel & Warren Zanes, video producers, “Soundbreaking”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Various Artists, Baby Driver 

Various Artists, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2

Various Artists, Hidden Figures: The Album 

Various Artists, La La Land 

Various Artists, Moana: The Songs

Best Score/Soundtrack for Visual Media

Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer, Arrival

Hans Zimmer, composer, Dunkirk 

Ramin Djawadi, composer, Game of Thrones: Season 7

Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers, Hidden Figures

Justin Hurwitz, composer, La La Land

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone), “City Of Stars”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho), “How Far I’ll Go”

Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Zayn & Taylor Swift), “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Sia Furler & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia), “Never Give Up”

Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day featuring Common), “Stand Up For Something”

Best Spoken Word Album

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 

Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

Shelly Peiken, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter 

Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo, Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders)

Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist

Best Comedy Album

Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas

Jim Gaffigan, Cinco

Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Before Seinfeld 

Sarah Silverman, A Speck of Dust

Kevin Hart, What Now?

Best Musical Theater Album 

Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, David Hein, David Lai & Irene Sankoff, producers; David Hein & Irene Sankoff, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Come From Away 

Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Dear Evan Hansen 

Bette Midler, principal soloist; Steven Epstein, producer (Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording), Hello, Dolly!


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