Jay-Z And Kendrick Lamar Lead 2018 Grammy Nominations

Rappers Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar are the top competitors for the 60th annual Grammy Awards — leading the group of nominations but left other mainstream pop stars out of major prizes such as Ed Sheeran, according to The New York Times. Jay-Z received eight nominations for his album “4:44” — a combination of deep personal revelations with meditations about race, the report said. Lamar received seven nods for his album “DAMN,” which also tackled racial politics and self-reflection and was a hit on streaming services. In addition, Bruno Mars received six nominations and Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA and No I.D. (Jay-Z’s producer) were each given five, the report said. Many large award shows are…