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JAY-Z, rap and R&B artists of color lead Grammy nominees

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JAY-Z has the most nominations — and in major categories — for the 2018 Grammy Awards. (Courtesy Tidal)
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Here’s some major news: People of color are dominating the list of Grammy Award nominees.

JAY-Z leads with eight nominations, including album, record and song of the year and best rap album (for “4:44” and “The Story of O.J.”), while Kendrick Lamar has seven nods, and Bruno Mars, six.

SZA, 2018’s most Grammy-nominated woman, got five, as did Khalid, Childish Gambino and producer No I.D.

On Tuesday, Andra Day revealed the big categories on TV before the Recording Academy announced nominees in all 84 categories. The 60th annual awards are Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden.

For record of the year, nominees are “Redbone” (Childish Gambino); “Despacito” (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber); “The Story Of O.J.” (JAY-Z) “HUMBLE” (Lamar) and “24K Magic” (Mars).

For album, nominees are: “Awaken, My Love!” (Childish Gambino); “4:44” (JAY-Z); “DAMN.” (Lamar); Melodrama (Lorde); and “24K Magic” (Mars).

For best song (given to writers), nominees are “Despacito” (Ramón Ayala, Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Marty James Garton); “4:44” (Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson); “Issues” (Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels and Justin Drew Tranter); “1-800-273-8255” (Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson); and “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).

Best new artist nominees are Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA.

Snubbed in major categories (best song, record and album) were mainstream folks the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kesha, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, The Weeknd, Alicia Keyes and One Direction.

Bay Area artists who already have Grammys — Metallica and Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, for example — are in the running for more.

Metallica’s album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” got a nod for best rock album (it was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich) and “Atlas Rise” for best rock song.

MTT and the orchestra got a nod for best orchestral performance for “Debussy: Images; Jeux & La Plus Que Lente.”

Competing for best R&B performance are previous nominees Kehlani (for “Distraction”) and former East Bay resident Ledisi (for “High”). Ledisi also got a nod for best traditional R&B performance for “All The Way” and for best R&B album for “Let Love Rule.”

Stanford graduate K.Flay’s “Every Where Is Some Where” was recognized for best non-classical engineered album, with engineers Brent Arrowood, Miles Comaskey, JT Daly, Tommy English, Kristine Flaherty, Adam Hawkins, Chad Howat and Tony Maserati, led by mastering engineer Joe LaPorta.

The Grateful Dead movie “Long Strange Trip” was nominated for best music film, with Amir Bar-Lev, video director; and video producers Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Justin Kreutzmann.

Florida’s Tedeschi Trucks Band — led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi — got a nod for best contemporary blues album for the locally-connected “Live From The Fox Oakland.”

In other music news, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real are appearing in Band Together 2, another concert for North Bay fire relief on Dec. 14 at the Bill Graham Civic; tickets go on sale Dec. 1.


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