JAY-Z, KENDRICK LAMAR, CHILDISH GAMBINO LEAD GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP’S FAMILY OF ARTISTS AND LABELS
The Three Artists Are Nominated in Record and Album of the Year Categories
Alessia Cara and Julia Michaels Nominated in Best New Artist Category
SANTA MONICA, November 28, 2017 — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, along with the company’s distributed labels, today received nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards across nearly every category and genre, with JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino each nominated for Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
UMG artists and distributed recordings led the industry with the most nominations in the general categories, representing four of the five nominees in the Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has interest in three of the five Song of the Year nominations.
JAY-Z (Roc Nation) received eight Grammy nominations stemming from his album 4:44, the most nominations of any artist this year, including Song of the Year for “4:44.” JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope), who received seven nominations from his album DAMN., are both in the running for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. The five nominations for Childish Gambino (Glassnote) also include Best Urban Contemporary Album for Awaken, My Love!, Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Redbone.” He is signed to UMPG as a songwriter.
Alessia Cara (Def Jam) and Julia Michaels (Republic) were each nominated for Best New Artist and Song of the Year, with Alessia Cara additionally receiving nominations for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.
Dion “No I.D.” Wilson, acclaimed producer and Executive Vice President at Capitol Music Group, received five nominations for his role in JAY-Z’s 4:44, including Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.
“Despacito,” which this summer became the most-streamed song of all time, drew three nominations each for Luis Fonsi (Universal Music Latin Entertainment), Daddy Yankee (UMLE) and Justin Bieber (RBMG/Def Jam) in the categories for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Other top UMG nominees include Lorde (Republic) in Album of the Year for Melodrama; Logic (Def Jam) in Song of the Year and Best Music Video for “1-800-273-8255” (featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid); Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville) with Best Country Album for From A Room: Volume 1, Best Country Song for “Broken Halos” and Best Country Solo Performance for “Either Way;” and Ledisi (Verve) with Best R&B Album for Let Love Rule, Best R&B Performance for “High” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “All The Way.”
UMPG songwriters received numerous nominations in categories spanning Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Country Song, Song Written for Visual Media and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
In the Song of the Year category, UMPG writers are nominated for “Despacito” (via Justin Bieber), “Issues” (Benny Blanco) and “That’s What I Like” (James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence and Ray Charles McCullough II). UMPG breakthrough songwriter SZA received five Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Song.
Additional UMPG nominees include Big Sean, Coldplay, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Metallica’s James Hatfield and Lars Ulrich, Travis Scott, Bruce Springsteen, Diane Warren and Zedd, among others.
The Grammy Awards will be held in New York on Sunday, January 28, 2018, and broadcast on CBS.
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