This year’s Grammy nominations, which the Recording Academy announced Friday morning, are the usual mix of predictable and confounding. While some revolutionary artists (e.g., Kendrick Lamar) were recognized in several categories, other record-smashing performers (e.g., Taylor Swift) didn’t fare so well. Drake and Brandi Carlile also received several nods.
The show will air Feb. 10 on CBS. You can check out The Washington Post’s coverage here or read the full nominations here. But for those who would rather not scroll through a list of 84 categories, you can read our much shorter list of major takeaways below.
‘Black Panther’ swept the nominations
The star-studded “Black Panther” received nominations in the Grammy’s most prestigious categories: album of the year, song of the year and record of the year.
“All the Stars,” the album’s lead single featuring Lamar and SZA, is up for song and record of the year, in addition to being among the nominees for best rap/sung performance. “King’s Dead,” which features Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, received a nod in the best rap song and best rap performance categories.
Time is a construct when it comes to Lady Gaga
The Grammys operate on a notoriously odd schedule, and the eligibility period for the upcoming 61st ceremony stretches from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. That means that while Lady Gaga’s 2016 album track “Joanne” isn’t eligible for best pop solo performance, the 2018 piano version “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” is. The latter was released as a single on Jan. 26.
The singer is also nominated for “Shallow,” a song that came out two whole years after the original “Joanne” album. It’s all Gaga, from all the times.
‘Shallow’ could win a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Oscar
We just keep wanting to take another look at “Shallow,” the showstopping song that first grabbed our attention when it was featured in the trailer for “A Star Is Born.” Just yesterday, the song — co-written by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — received a Golden Globe nomination for best original song. It’s now up for both record and song of the year at the Grammys, in addition to landing in the best pop duo/group performance category.
It’s a safe bet that the song will also clinch an Oscar nomination for best original song, which means it could potentially have almost as many award types as Lady Gaga, who is well on her way to EGOT status.
Mac Miller got a posthumous nomination for best rap album
The rapper, who died in September at age 26, got his first-ever Grammy nomination. His album, “Swimming,” released in August, landed in the category for best rap album, alongside projects from Cardi B, Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T and Travis Scott.
Chris Cornell, the late Soundgarden frontman, also received a posthumous nomination — in the best rock performance category — for “When Bad Does Good,” a previously unreleased song that was released by his estate in September.
One for you, Taylor Swift
Swift has twice won album of the year and usually does quite well at the Grammys, but “Reputation,” arguably her most divisive album yet, received a single nomination: best pop vocal album. Fans had expected the album, or even the single “Delicate,” to land nominations in the main categories. (The lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” was eligible for the 2018 Grammys but also failed to be recognized.)
But Swift will be just fine. For all the criticism it received, “Reputation” sold 1.2 million copies in its first week in the United States and went on to become the best-selling album of 2017.
The Recording Academy liked Jay and Bey’s video, too.
One could argue that both Jay-Z and Beyoncé were snubbed this year in the lead musical categories (“Everything Is Love” was nominated for best urban contemporary album, and the Carters also got a nod in the R&B performance category), but they did land in the running for music video of the year with their stunning tour of the Louvre.
Of course, they’ll face steep competition from Childish Gambino, whose video for “This Is America,” not surprisingly, also landed a nomination.
Oscar night flashbacks
Because of that weird eligibility period, next year’s Grammys will also feature music from Oscar contenders released last fall. “Lady Bird,” which failed to win any Oscars, and “Call Me By Your Name,” which won best adapted screenplay, both received Grammy nominations for best compilation soundtrack. Accompanying them are “Deadpool 2,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Stranger Things.”
So, members of the Recording Academy, will you Vote Lady Bird?
Maybe it’s Thank U, Next . . . Year for Ariana Grande
The pop singer captured headlines (and hearts) this year as she confronted tragedy, a very public breakup and released her hotly anticipated album, “Sweetener.” But her banner year isn’t exactly reflected in the Grammy’s biggest categories. Like Swift, Grande was shut out of the race for album of the year.
On the up side, Grande’s “Sweetener” got a nod for best pop vocal album and her thinkpiece-inspiring single, “God Is a Woman,” landed in the category for best pop solo performance.
Of course, Grande has already started working on new material, starting with her latest hit, “Thank U, Next,” which will be eligible for nominations next year.
Kanye West landed a producer of the year nomination
In 2018, Kanye West went from calling slavery a choice and loudly supporting President Trump to distancing himself from politics to, on Monday, getting called out for using his phone during a Broadway production. In other words, he rarely made the news for his music.
But West has had a slightly better year as a producer. His label, GOOD Music, in May released Pusha T’s widely acclaimed album “Daytona,” which received a Grammy nomination for best rap album. West received a producer of the year nod — for “Daytona,” the self-titled Kids See Ghosts album, Teyana Taylor’s “K.T.S.E.,” Nas’s “Nasir” and his own “Ye” — alongside Pharrell Williams, Linda Perry, Larry Klein and Boi-1da.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the number of nominations received by Jay-Z and Beyoncé. This post has been updated.