60th Grammy Awards: Who Will Win Big This Year?

When is it, who’s performing and everything else to know

Jay-Z leads this year’s pack with eight nominations for his 13th studio album, “4:44”, at the 60th Grammy Awards, followed by Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino and Khalid.

The Grammys will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 28, with performances by Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Pink, Bruno Mars with Cardi B, SZA, Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee, Patti LuPone, Ben Platt from the hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen”, Childish Gambino, Kesha, Logic with Alessia Cara and Khalid.

Who is expected to win big?

Kendrick Lamar

American rapper Kendrick is poised to take at least one of the top awards for his critically acclaimed fourth studio album, “DAMN”, that spanned the hit song “Humble”, his first number one single on the US Billboard 100 as a solo artist.

Cardi B

The Bronx native was the first female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 with a solo single, “Bodak Yellow”, since Lauryn Hill with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. The rising rapper also made history this year by becoming the first woman to chart her first three singles in the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list simultaneously. The rapper’s rags to riches underdog story spoke to her legion of fans. Will it speak to voters too? We are just going to have to wait and see!

Lady Gaga

The Grammys voters would be foolish to ignore Lady Gagas sweeping ballad “Millions Reasons”, the biggest hit from her risky 5th studio album, “Joanne”, released in 2016.


It’s been a very good year for 19-year-old R&B prodigy Khalid. He makes music that people connect with, starting with his bittersweet breakout single, “Location”. He followed with his hit “Young, Dumb & Broke” and “1-800-273-8255”, a collaboration with Logic and Alessia Cara. The powerful suicide prevention anthem, whose title is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, has contributed greatly in spreading awareness on mental health issues.


New Jersey raised singer-songwriter SZA is the most nominated female in this year’s male-dominated line-up with five nods, including “Best New Artist”. She really hit a chord with her debut album, “Ctlr”, one of this year’s buzziest records that explores love, sex, black womanhood and identity.

See the complete list of nominees below:

Album of the year

• “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
• “4:44” — Jay-Z
• “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
• “Melodrama” — Lorde
• “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

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

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)

New artist

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

Pop solo performance

• “Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson
• “Praying” — Kesha
• “Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga
• “What About Us” — P!nk
• “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Pop duo/group performance

• “Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
• “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
• “Thunder” — Imagine Dragons
• “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
• “Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Pop vocal album

• “Kaleidoscope EP” — Coldplay
• “Lust for Life” — Lana Del Rey
• “Evolve” — Imagine Dragons
• “Rainbow” — Kesha
• “Joanne” — Lady Gaga
• “÷ (Divide)” — Ed Sheeran

Dance recording

• “Bambro Koyo Ganda” — Bonobo featuring Innov Gnawa
• “Cola” — Camelphat & Elderbrook
• “Andromeda” — Gorillaz featuring Dram
• “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem
• “Line of Sight” — Odesza featuring Wynne & Mansionair

Dance/electronic album

• “Migration” — Bonobo
• “3-D the Catalogue” — Kraftwerk
• “Mura Masa” — Mura Masa
• “A Moment Apart” — Odesza
• “What Now” — Sylvan Esso

R&B performance

• “Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
• “Distraction” — Kehlani
• “High” — Ledisi
• “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
• “The Weekend” — SZA

R&B song

• “First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)
• “Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)
• “Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
• “Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)
• “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)

Urban contemporary album

• “Free 6lack” — 6lack
• “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
• “American Teen” — Khalid
• “Ctrl” — SZA
• “Starboy” — the Weeknd

R&B album

• “Freudian” — Daniel Caesar
• “Let Love Rule” — Ledisi
• “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
• “Gumbo” — PJ Morton
• “Feel the Real’ — Musiq Soulchild

Rap performance

• “Bounce Back” — Big Sean
• “Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
• “4:44” — Jay-Z
• “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
• “Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Rap/sung performance

• “Prblms” — 6lack
• “Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
• “Family Feud” — Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé
• “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
• “Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott

Rap song

• “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
• “Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi)
• “Humble.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
• “Sassy” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
• “The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Rap album

• “4:44” — Jay-Z
• “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
• “Culture” — Migos
• “Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody
• “Flower Boy” — Tyler, the Creator

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