The biggest day in music is approaching, and with so much new talent that’s been displayed in the last year, we thought we’d give you a quick crash course on what to expect.
Here are some of our favorite, must-listen albums up for a Grammy award this year. Don’t forget to tune in Sunday, January 28 to see who wins!
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar repped his hometown Compton with the release of DAMN. His hard work paid off because his hit track HUMBLE. has been nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video. Oh, and K-Dot is expected to perform this year!
÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran
Ah, Ed Sheeran…how could we not include his latest album on the list? The album not only debuted at number one in the U.K., but it also became the fastest-selling album by a male artist. The album’s been nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, and his ever-so-popular single Shape of You is up for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Ctrl — SZA
SZA is definitely someone to keep tabs on for future music. With her track Supermodel, she’s pretty much as real as artists get. Supermodel is up for Best R&B Song and her album Ctrl has been nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
A Moment Apart — ODESZA
ODESZA’s been on everyone’s radars ever since their release of Say My Name in 2015. They returned in 2017 with their latest album A Moment Apart, which has been nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Plus, they have some amazing featured artists including Leon Bridges and Regina Spektor.
Luv Is Rage 2 — Lil Uzi Vert
Symere Woods (aka Lil Uzi Vert) has been nominated for Best New Artist this year. He put out a pretty emotionally-laden album this past year — take Sauce It Up for example, which is both a banger and an introspective track.
Lust For Life — Lana Del Rey
Our princess is back. Lana has never disappointed with delivering talent and emotion, and her most recent album is no exception. The album has been nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album (well-deserved, might we add!).
24K Magic — Bruno Mars
The ’80s and early ’90s-inspired pop album was the talk of the town when it was released. The artist has been nominated for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and Producer of the Year (Non-Classical).
Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino
The album debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, and for good reason. The tracks were on everyone’s playlists, which only makes sense that the album’s up for the Album of the Year award.
Woodstock — Portugal. The Man
Feel It Still has been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and it gives us all kinds of feels. Not only did it top the Billboard’s Alternative Song chart, but it was also featured in a ton of commercials.
Mura Masa — Mura Masa
Alex Crossan’s (aka Mura Masa) self-titled album caught fire almost instantly. Love$ick, featuring A$AP Rocky is a fan favorite, and has skyrocketed the album to be nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album.
Humanz — The Gorillaz
Andromeda, with its intergalactic feel, is up for Best Dance Recording. Humanz is The Gorillaz’s fifth studio album, which features big names such as Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Kelela, and Pusha T.
xx, The FabFitFun Team