Grammy Nominations

On Sunday January 28th, the 60th annual Grammy Awards will take place at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and on Tuesday, the full list of nominations was announced. Jay-Z led with a total of eight nominations, followed by Kendrick Lamar who received seven nominations for DAMN. Not far behind was Bruno Mars with six, and Childish Gambino, SZA, Khalid, and producer No I.D. each with five nominations. Jay-Z was the only artist to be nominated in the top three categories: record of the year, album of the year, and song of the year—all for his 13th album 4:44. See the full list of nominations below.

Record of the Year
Childish Gambino, "Redbone"
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Jay-Z "Story of O.J."
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble"
Bruno Mars, "24k Magic"

Song of the Year
Luis Fonsi, "Despacito"
JAY-Z, "4:44"
Julia Michaels, "Issues"
Logic f. Alessia Cara, "1-800-273-8255"
Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Album of the Year
Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love!
JAY-Z, 4:44
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lorde, Melodrama
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Best Rap Album
JAY-Z, 4:44
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Migos, Culture
Rapsody, Laila's Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator, Flower Boy

Best Rap Performance
Big Sean, "Bounce Back"
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow"
JAY-Z, "4:44"
Kendrick Lamar, "HUMBLE."
Migos f. Lil Uzi Vert, "Bad and Boujee"

Best Rap/Sung Performance
GoldLink f. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy, "Crew"
JAY-Z f. Beyoncé, "Family Feud"
Kendrick Lamar f. Rihanna, "LOYALTY."
SZA f. Travis Scott, "Love Galore"

Best Rap Song
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow"
Run The Jewels, "Chase Me"
Kendrick Lamar, "HUMBLE."
Rapsody, "Sassy"
JAY-Z, "The Story Of O.J."

Best R&B Song
PJ Morton, "First Began"
Khalid, "Location"
Childish Gambino, "Redbone"
SZA, "Supermodel"
Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"

Best R&B Album
Daniel Caesar, Freudian
Ledisi, Let Love Rule
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
PJ Morton, Gumbo
Musiq Soulchild, Feel The Real

Best Urban Contemporary Album
6lack, Free 6lack
Childish Gambino, "Awaken, My Love!"
Khalid, American Teen
SZA, Ctrl
The Weeknd, Starboy

Best R&B Performance
Daniel Caesar f. Kali Uchis, "Get You"
Kehlani, "Distraction"
Ledisi, "High"
Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"
SZA, "The Weekend"

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, "Love So Soft"
Kesha, "Praying"
Lady Gaga, "Million Reasons"
P!nk, "What About Us"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, "Something Just Like This"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Imagine Dragons, "Thunder"
Portugal. The Man, "Feel It Still"
Zedd & Alessia Cara, "Stay"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Kesha, Rainbow
Lady Gaga, Joanne
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, "Love So Soft"
Kesha, "Praying"
Lady Gaga, "Million Reasons"
Pink, "What About Us"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Bonobo, Migration
Kraftwerk, 3-D The Catalogue
Mura Masa, Mura Masa
Odesza, A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso, What Now

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Calvin Harris
No I.D.
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
The Stereotypes

Screen Shopping

If you follow Kim Kardashian-West on social media you probably already know this, but she has recently launched a new app that she has been working on for “maybe like a year and a half now.” The app is called ScreenShop, and Kardashian-West describes it as “the Shazam for clothes.” Basically, if you see an outfit that you like online, you can take a screenshot of the look and the app will find similar articles of clothing within seconds. Kardashian-West is both an advisor and ambassador for ScreenShop.

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival—the largest independent film festival in the United States—will take place in Park City, Utah from January 18-28 this year. Sundance typically reveals their lineup of films section by section over the span of a week, however, this year they unveiled their entire feature lineup in one single announcement. At this years festival, Sundance will screen a total of 110 films with 99 of them as world premieres. In regards to the directors of the films, 47 of them are first-timers and together they represent 29 different countries. One commonality that festival director John Cooper identified across the different films was the theme of contemporary issues. Cooper went on to elaborate on the evolving nature of film, “One of the things we observed this year was the ongoing awareness—by audiences and the industry and the press—of the need for alternative voices and points of view in this medium.” Although there has been a decrease in film submissions, the Sundance Institute has decided to add a new “Indie Episodic” TV section that is expected to generate a bigger pool of submissions overall. Sundance remains as one of the most notable film festivals internationally. See the full list of films with descriptions on Variety’s site here.

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has been in the media more than ever recently and you could say we’re happy about it. This wave of exposure started with 032c’s winter 2017/2018 issue that featured Ocean on the cover of the magazine sporting turquoise sequin shorts and a white tee. Shortly after, on Monday, Ocean released the physical release of his 2016 album Endless on his website Physical copies of the album are available on vinyl, CD + DVD, and VHS; also available on Ocean’s website are two double-sided Endless posters that picture inverted photographs of Ocean dressed in a full work onesie. The most surprising news, however, came later on Monday when Ocean posted on tumblr, hinting that he has finished a fifth album that he hasn’t released yet: “‘Well! I made the album before 30. I just ain't put that bitch out!' - quotes from an interview I haven't given haha.” The tumblr post refers to a deleted old tweet from Ocean that promised five albums before he turned 30 (which he did on October 28th). The post has fans anxious and awaiting further developments from the multifaceted artist. All we can do now is hope.

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by Sabrina Ghantous