Happy Friday!

The academy has voted and the nominations are in! On November 28, 2017, the year’s most notable and awaited awards show released their list of nominations! This year’s nominations include a cumulative list of artists from Jay-Z and Bruno Mars to  Ed Sheehan and Julia Michaels.Jay-Z takes the crown for most Grammy nominations in 2018 with 8 followed by Kendrick Lamar with 7. New ‘it’ girl, SZA, is the most nominated female of the year. Cardi B takes home her first Grammy nomination for her summer anthem, “Bodak Yellow.”

This year’s academy tried to listen to the new demands of the industry and that of the consumers. After being criticized for lack of color, this year’s Grammy awards are being DOMINATED by minorities. Four out of five artist in the Record of the Year category are minorites (go us!). After the entire debacle of Beyonce”s Lemonade versus Adele’s 25, a change on how streaming numbers is inputed into the winning of the awards. With the rapid growth in streaming, it was important the academy take into account the success of albums on Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, and others of the like. So, that is what they did. This year’s award show is the first time that streaming and revenue will be taken into account for the one who will receive the award.


Grammy Award Nominations

(My prediction on who will win “BC’s Pick”)

Record of the Year

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z

“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar (BC’s PICK)

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album of the Year

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

“4:44” — Jay-Z (BC’s PICK)

“DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar

“Melodrama” — Lorde

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the Year

“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)

“4:44” — Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson (Jay-Z)

“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels and Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)

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

Alessia Cara


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels


Best Pop Solo Performance

“Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson

“Praying” — Kesha

“Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga (BC’s PICK)

“What About Us” — Pink

“Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

“Thunder” — Imagine Dragons

“Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

“Stay” — Zedd and Alessia Cara (BC’s PICK)

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Kaleidoscope EP” — Coldplay

“Lust for Life” — Lana Del Rey

“Evolve” — Imagine Dragons

“Rainbow” — Kesha

“Joanne” — Lady Gaga (BC’s PICK)

“÷” — Ed Sheeran

Best Dance/Electronic Album

“Migration” — Bonobo

“3-D the Catalogue” — Kraftwerk

“Mura Masa” — Mura Masa

“A Moment Apart” — Odesza

“What Now” — Sylvan Esso (BC’s PICK)

Best Rock Performance

“You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

“The Promise” — Chris Cornell

“Run” — Foo Fighters (BC’s PICK)

“No Good” — Kaleo

“Go to War” — Nothing More

Best Alternative Music Album

“Everything Now” — Arcade Fire

“Humanz” — Gorillaz (BC’s PICK)

“American Dream” — LCD Soundsystem

“Pure Comedy” — Father John Misty

“Sleep Well Beast” — The National

Best Urban Contemporary Album

“Free 6lack” — 6lack

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

“American Teen” — Khalid


“Starboy” — The Weeknd

Best Rap Performance

“Bounce Back” — Big Sean

“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B

“4:44” — Jay-Z (BC’s PICK)

“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

“Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap Album

“4:44” — Jay-Z

“DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar (BC’s PICK)

“Culture” — Migos

“Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody

“Flower Boy” — Tyler, the Creator

Best Country Solo Performance

“Body Like a Back Road” — Sam Hunt

“Losing You” — Alison Krauss

“Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert (BC’s PICK)

“I Could Use a Love Song” — Maren Morris

“Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Song

“Better Man” — Taylor Swift (Little Big Town) (BC’s PICK)

“Body Like a Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt)

“Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

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

“Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall (Miranda Lambert)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

“The Journey” — The Baylor Project

“A Social Call” — Jazzmeia Horn

“Bad Ass and Blind” — Raul Midón

“Porter Plays Porter” — Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King (BC’s PICK)

“Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“Uptown, Downtown” — Bill Charlap Trio (BC’s PICK)

“Rebirth” — Billy Childs

“Project Freedom” — Joey DeFrancesco and the People

“Open Book” — Fred Hersch

“The Dreamer Is the Dream” — Chris Potter

Best Latin Pop Album

“Lo Único Constante” — Alex Cuba

“Mis Planes Son Amarte” — Juanes

“Amar y Vivir en Vivo Desde la Ciudad de México, 2017” — La Santa Cecilia

“Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de los Macorinos)” — Natalia Lafourcade

“El Dorado” — Shakira (BC’s PICK)

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

“Ayo” — Bomba Estéreo (BC’s PICK)

“Pa’ Fuera” — C4 Trío and Desorden Público

“Salvavidas de Hielo” — Jorge Drexler

“El Paradise” — Los Amigos Invisibles

“Residente” — Residente

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Calvin Harris (BC’s PICK)

Greg Kurstin

Blake Mills

No I.D.

The Stereotypes

The Super Bowl of award shows will air live January 28, 2018 at 7:30PM ET on CBS. Stay tuned to thebenjamincoy.com for an in-depth recap and review of red carpet looks, per usual. Who do you think will take home the Grammy?

From one millennial to another,

Benjamin Coy

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