In current years, hip-hop and R&B, genres that dominate commercially, have been extra prevalent in the main Grammy classes, however that has not all the time translated to wins: Jay-Z, the most nominated artist at the ceremony in January, got here up empty in eight classes this time, and Lamar, who has now been nominated 37 occasions and gained 12, has misplaced album of the 12 months 3 times. (Most not too long ago, the pop/R&B singer Bruno Mars took house the massive award for his album “24K Magic.”)
“Black Panther: The Album,” which additionally options the Weeknd and a smattering of West Coast rap, plus components of African music, might show a roundabout contender for finest album. In the final 40 years, three soundtracks have gained in that class — “Saturday Night Fever” in 1979, “The Bodyguard” in 1994 and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in 2002. (The first-ever Grammy Award for album of the 12 months went to a TV soundtrack: Henry Mancini’s “The Music From Peter Gunn.”)
As the Grammys grapple with id, a few of the hottest names in music have opted out of the present, whose viewership dropped 24 p.c this 12 months to a nine-year low. In 2017, Drake, who has 42 profession nods, was nominated for eight awards and gained two, however declined to seem at the ceremony, saying later that he felt “alienated” from the establishment. The subsequent 12 months, the rapper declined to submit his “More Life” venture for consideration, following in the footsteps of Frank Ocean, and as soon as once more didn’t attend.
The recording academy mentioned it had acquired greater than 21,000 submissions throughout 84 classes; recordings launched from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018, had been eligible.
From there, voters are directed to make alternatives of their areas of experience — as much as 15 classes, plus the 4 common awards — to find out the lengthy listing of nominees. For lots of the main classes, together with the massive 4 and genres like rap, rock, R&B and jazz, the voters’ prime 20 picks are then narrowed down by extra opaque evaluation committees, which decide the ultimate nominees, with winners chosen later by the common membership of about 13,000 voters.
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