The Grammy's is one, if not the most anticipated music awards every year. On Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017, the Recording Academy announced the nominees in all 84 categories for the 2018 Grammy awards.
There are 4 major categories - best new artist, record of the year, song of the year, and album of the year. To qualify for this year's nominations, the album has to be released in between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Following the announcement, the news and social media has been filled with talks regarding the nominees for the major awards.
The list has been full of surprises and unexpected turns. Bagging the most number of nominations are Jay-z with 8, Lamar with 7 and Bruno Mars with 6. There were newer names in the industry as well that made it to the major categories. Childish Gambino and SZA both bagged 5 nominations. According to social media reactions, a major shocker is Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift's absence in the major categories. Sheeran's album, Divide, was one of the biggest albums of the year making him the most anticipated artist to be in the major categories. His song, "Shape of You," broke sales record and became the most streamed song of all time on Spotify. In this year's Grammy awards though, he failed to get a nod for the major categories. He has 2 nominations to his name - Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. As for the case of Taylor Swift, it is said the the release of her album did not make it to the cut-off dates. Her album reputation was released Nov 10 which made her not qualify to be nominated.