Pop Shop Podcast: Breaking Down Grammy Nomination Highlights (Kendrick Lamar! Lorde!) & Mysteries (No One Direction Guys?)

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Kendrick Lamar accepts the award for Best Rap Album during The 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles. 

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, your one-stop-shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. In addition, you can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson every week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).

On the latest show, we're breaking down the 2018 Grammy nominations! The theme of this year's nods, especially in the Big Four categories (album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new artist), is diversity, with men of color dominating the picks. Aside from Lorde's Melodrama, every nominee in the album of the year category -- Kendrick Lamar's Damn., Childish Gambino's Awaken, My Love!, JAY-Z's 4:44 and Bruno Mars' 24K Magic -- is a man of color.

In addition to looking at who did get nominated, we also dive into the artists left behind this year, including Ed Sheeran, who nabbed two pop nods (best pop vocal album for Divide and best pop solo performance for "Shape of You") but was left out of the Big Four, where he's been nominated previously. Plus, where are any of the One Direction guys? Zayn's Taylor Swift duet "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" from 50 Shades Darker was nominated but in a songwriting category (best song written for visual media), and he isn't a writer on the hit.

We also get into some of the surprises -- check it all out before the Grammys go live Jan. 28.

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2018 Grammy Awards


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