60th annual Grammy nominations are in: Academy shows signs of life

If you’ve been living under a rock since this weekend I don’t blame you, I’m still full from the feasts as well. If you stayed attentive in the music world this weekend then you probably noticed the release of the nominee list for the 60th annual Grammy awards.

In the past, and even today the list consistently causes controversy, but a lot of the time the results would be even worse, causing social media uproars. For example, when Macklemore won best rap album of the year, he beat out artists like Kanye West, Drake, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar, the media wasn’t having it. The year after, Eminem won best rap album in Marshall Mather’s LP 2 which was not a good album. Both were very controversial calls and were accompanied with claims that the academy had gentrified the award show.

This year however it seems like the academy caught some sense. The nominees for the best rap album consists of all legitimate rap albums, including Jay-Z (4:44), Rapsody (Laila’s Wisdom), The Migos (Culture), Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.), and Tyler the Creator (Flower Boy). Even Lil Uzi Vert is nominated for best new artist. And not to mention how many times Khalid and SZA show up on the list (it’s a lot). Finally, it seems like the academy is coming to their senses and it looks as if this years Grammys will be something worth watching. You can see the full list of nominees here and catch the Grammys live on Sunday, January 28 on CBS.

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