The “big four” categories of Grammy nominees were announced on Tuesday morning (Nov. 28) on CBS This Morning, with Childish Gambino, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Lorde and SZA leading the way in the record, song and album of the year and best new artist races. Singer Andra Day was on hand to help announce the nominations in four key categories, beginning with record of the year, which will pit the biggest single in recent memory, “Despacito,” against some critical favorites from Gambino, JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar.
Record Of The Year
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
The lineup was pretty similar in the album of the year race, which again featured actor Donald Glover’s alter ego earning plaudits for his soulful release Awaken, My Love!, as well a Jigga, Lamar, Mars and Lorde.
Album Of The Year
Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino
4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars
The race in song of the year again found “Despacito” and Jay’s “4:44” in the mix, along with the songwriters for Julia Michaels’ “Issues,” Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” and Mars’ “That’s What I Like.”
Song Of The Year
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
The line-up for the coveted best new artist category was heavy on R&B and hip-hop, with Alessia Cara facing off against Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA and Michaels.