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