The biggest night of the year for many musicians, the Grammys are to music what the Oscars are to film and artists who have been nominated for one will feel an immense sense of pride at that achievement alone but this year has some surprises in store and emotional moments abound already as the nominations have been announced.
In a first since 1999, the highly coveted prize of Album of The Year is being contested by no white men for the first time since 1999 as the nominees in 2018 are Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., Childish Gambino's Awaken, My Love!, Lorde's Melodrama, JAY-Z's 4:44, and Bruno Mars's 24K Magic. Last year the award ceremony was called out by several artists for lacking diversity so some may see this as a cynical move whilst others will perceive it as progress.
Elsewhere Carrie Fisher, Chris Cornell, and Leonard Cohen have been nominated for posthumous Grammy awards for some of their work done before their respective deaths earlier this year. Carrie Fisher received a nod for best-spoken word album for the audio recording of her book, The Princess Diarist is nominated for best rock performance for his song "The Promise" alongside Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker". Cohen is also nominated for best American roots performance for “Steer Your Way”. Other posthumous nominees include Glenn Campbell and Gregg Allman who will battle it out with Cohen best American roots song for "Arkansas Farmboy" and "My Only True Friend" as well as Allman also being nominated for Best Americana album.
CBS will air the 60th annual Grammy Awards live from MSG on January 28. and the full list of nominees can be read by clicking here.