Grammy Awards 2018 Breakdown

The Grammys are one of the most exciting nights of award season. They bring together the greatest and brightest stars of the music world. Leading up to music’s big night are months of predictions, guesses, and discussions. Who will be nominated? Who is most likely to win? Who will make this Grammy year memorable? Will the host be someone good? If you are curious, then keep reading. All the answers are below.

The Basics

Grammy Performances

The 2018 Grammy Awards mark the 60th annual ceremony. It is taking place a little later than usual because of a conflict with the Winter Olympics. The show will be broadcast on CBS on January 28, 2018. Besides the move to a later date, another change is this year’s awards takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Typically, the show is held in California. Hosting again is late night star, James Corden.

Even more, changes are in the works for this year’s awards as the Grammy organization made changes to a few key elements. This year marks a new way to vote with all votes being done online. Songwriters finally get recognition and are now allowed to win in the Album of the Year category. Those in the jazz, classical and dance fields can now compete in the album category.

And finally, expect some really exciting performances by old favorites and newcomers alike.

The Nominations

Bruno Mars Grammys

What you really want to know about this year’s awards is who is nominated. While there are many different categories and awards, the top ones are often the focus of fans. The nominees in the most watched Grammy categories for this year may surprise you a little. Keep in mind, the awards are based on work produced from October 2016 to September 2017. Try to remember who were the big names during that time and then take a look at the following nominations.

For the record of the year, the following albums/artists were nominated:

  • “Redbone,” Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  • “The Story of O.J.,” Jay-Z
  • “Humble,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Album of the Year nominations are as follows:

  • Awaken, My Love, Childish Gambino
  • 4:44, Jay-Z
  • DAMN, Kendrick Lamar
  • Melodrama, Lorde
  • 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

For Song of the Year, the following nominations stand:

  • “Despacito”
  • “4:44”
  • “Issues”
  • “1-800-273-8255”
  • “That’s What I Like”

Best New Artists nominees are:

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

These nominations are quite revealing and may have shocked you. Let’s take a look at the artists who got snubbed this year.

The Snubs

Adele Grammys

Typically, whoever you hear a lot on the radio and the artists that are most popular are who you expect to be nominated for Grammy awards. However, this year, while some nominations were no surprise, such as “Despacito,” there were notable exclusions that have left many scratching their heads.

Prior to the nomination announcements, most people were expecting to see Ed Sheeran all over the awards. Yet, as you can see, he is missing from the top categories. This is probably the biggest snub of this Grammy Awards. However, other names are missing that have left people a little shocked. These include major stars Taylor Swift, Adele and Lady Gaga.

The Predictions

kendrick lamar grammys

Despite the snubs, people are still excited to see how the Grammys play out this year. Without major players like Sheeran and Swift to dominate top categories, many experts are excited to see other artists get their chance. Predictions include Kendrick Lamar taking home Record of the Year with “Despacito” a close second. The odds are similar for the other categories with Lamar or the “Despacito” crew expected to be the night’s biggest winners.

Well, there you have it. This rundown on the 2018 Grammy Awards gives you insight into what could happen, what people thought would happen and how you can watch it all play out for yourself. Let us know what you think in the comments below.