GRAMMYs 2018: Nominations & everything you need to know

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In addition to "4:44", "Awaken, My Love!" by Childish Gambino, "DAMN" by Kendrick Lamar, "Melodrama" by Lorde and "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars were nominated for best album.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose "Divide" album topped charts around the world, garnered two nominations in the pop categories. Kanye West, Eminem, Mariah Carey and others have also lost in the top categories over the years to pop, rock and country acts despite owning the year in music, critically and commercially. Some other artists that could receive nominations in this category are SZA for "Ctrl", Jay-Z for "4:44" and Miranda Lambert for "The Weight of These Wings".

For Song of the Year, I believe Sheeran and Lamar will have nominations locked in with "Shape of You" and "Humble", but other nominees could include Kesha for "Praying" and Lady Gaga for "Million Reasons". Randy Newman's song "Putin", his sardonic ode to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is nominated for best arrangement, instruments and vocals. Yet the label dug in its heels and worked the album hard, and it paid off with not just a left-field radio hit with "Redbone", but also an impressive five Grammy nods - the biggest look for an indie since Arcade Fire's "Suburbs", which won album of the year in 2011. Another female rapper scored nominations, too: Rapsody is up for best rap song for "Sassy" and best rap album for "Laila's Wisdom".

The Grammys will be handed out in 84 categories on January 28 in NY.

For the first time, all voting members will cast their their awards votes online rather than by paper ballot.

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