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  • First time since 1999, white males have been locked out of the record of the year category.

    First time since 1999, white males have been locked out of the record of the year category.

For the first time in the Grammy's 60-year history, white males have been shut out of the album of the year category.

For the first time in the Grammy's 60-year history, white males have been shut out of the album of the year category.

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The album of the year award will go to one of the following nominees: Jay-Z’s “4:44”, Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn”, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”, Lorde’s “Melodrama” or Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!”

The record of the year award, which is a given to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer and or mixer for that song, follows a similar precedent – this is the first time since 1999 that white males have been locked out of the nods.

Jay-Z, Lamar, Burno Mars, Gambino and Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee – all people of color – are the players in the category.

Jay-Z leads the pack with 8 nominations. Photo: Reuters

The best new artist category continued the trend and will either be received by a woman or an African American man – Julia Michaels, SZA, Alessia Cara, Khalid or Lil Uzi Vert.

Jay-Z has eight nominations, more than any other artist. Kendrick Lamar has been featured, for the third-consecutive time, in the album of the year category.


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