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GRAMMY Nominations Breakdown        

The GRAMMY nominations have been announced so you know what that means: it's time to analyze the numbers! This year, it's the hip hop stars that rule. Jay-Z, who's already won 21 GRAMMYs, leads the pack with eight nominations, followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven, and Bruno Mars with six. 

The big categories of the night, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year feature those three artists going up against he likes of Lorde, Logic, Childish Gambino, and the team behind "Despacito," Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber. 

Meanwhile the rock categories are paying respect to two late artists: Leonard Cohen and Chris Cornell, both of who are up for the Best Rock Performance. 

The 60th annual GRAMMY Awards are set to air live from New York's Madison Square Garden on January 28th. Check out some of the nominations below and the full list HERE.

Record Of The Year

"Redbone" - Childish Gambino"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber"The Story Of O.J." - JAY-Z"HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar"24K Magic" - Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year

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

Song Of The Year

"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber"4:44" - JAY-Z"Issues" - Julia Michaels"1-800-273-8255" - Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars

Best New Artist

Alessia CaraKhalidLil Uzi VertJulia MichaelsSZA

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Love So Soft" - Kelly Clarkson"Praying" - Kesha"Million Reasons" - Lady Gaga"What About Us" - P!nk"Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran                                             Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Something Just Like This" ­- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber"Thunder" - Imagine Dragons"Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man"Stay" - Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best Rock Album

"Emperor Of Sand" - Mastodon"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" - Metallica"The Stories We Tell Ourselves" - Nothing More"Villains" - Queens Of The Stone Age"A Deeper Understanding" - The War On Drugs

Best Rock Performance

"You Want It Darker" - Leonard Cohen"The Promise" - Chris Cornell"Run" - Foo Fighters"No Good" - Kaleo"Go To War" - Nothing More

Best Alternative Music Album

"Everything Now" - Arcade Fire"Humanz" - Gorillaz"American Dream" - LCD Soundsystem"Pure Comedy" - Father John Misty"Sleep Well Beast" - The National 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

"Free 6lack" - 6lack"Awaken, My Love!" - Childish Gambino"American Teen" - Khalid"Ctrl" - SZA"Starboy" - The Weeknd

Best Rap Album

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

Ed Sheeran Fans Upset About Ed Sheeran GRAMMY Snub              

Fans took to Twitter expressing outrage over the lack of big GRAMMY nominations for Ed Sheeran. While he didn’t make it into the Album of the Year category, Sheeran did nab a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Shape of You” and “Divide.”

While it seems that two nominations in the Pop category are significant, Sheeran fans expressed a highly different opinion...still, some fans were able to take it in stride, with one noting, “Ok I know Gaga got snubbed but at least Ed Sheeran didn’t get any of the big 4 either.”

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