Jay-Z has tied with Steve Wonder to become the third most-nominated artist in Grammys history.
The 47-year-old rapper – whose real name is Shawn Carter – has received a total of eight nods, giving him a total of 74 nominations and 21 wins.
The ‘Encore’ hitmaker and the ‘Superstition’ are joined by the late Sir Georg Solti, the award-winning Hungarian-born orchestral and operatic conductor to the title. The trio comes behind iconic producer Quincy Jones with 79 nods and Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney’s 74.
At the 2018 ceremony, Jay is up for the biggest accolades including Album of The Year, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance, for his 13th studio LP ‘4.44’, as well as, Record of The Year and Best Rap Song for ‘The Story of OJ’.
Following shortly behind are Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars with seven and six nominations respectively. The ‘Loyalty’ hitmaker and the ‘That’s What I Like’ singer will go head-to-head with Jay for the biggest prize, Album of the Year, with their respective records ‘Humble’ and ’24K Magic’ up for the prize, along with Childish Gambino ‘Awaken, My Love!’ and Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’.
Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said.”I’m inspired by this year’s nominees and the incredible talent each possesses.”
“Their recordings are a true testament to how creatively alive and meaningful our music industry has become. Each nominee uses their craft to inspire, uplift, and tell stories of our world through their artistry. They provide a vibrant soundtrack that represents the highest level of excellence and continues to impact and reflect our culture.”
Song of The Year sees Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’, Jay’s record, ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels, ‘Logic’ by Alessia Cara and Khalid and Bruno’s ‘That’s What I Like’ in the running. James Corden will host this year’s glitzy ceremony on January 29, the British comedian’s second time after he took over proceedings this year.
2018 will mark the first time the ceremony has been held in New York, after previously taking place on the other side of the country in Los Angeles, California.