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JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead the 2018 Grammy nominees

PICTURED: JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar

RAPPERS JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar are the top contenders for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, leading with the most nominations.

Hov received eight nods for his critically-acclaimed and culturally-aware album “4:44,”; whilst Lamar had seven for “DAMN.,” a critical favorite and a smash on streaming services that also addressed racial politics and self-reflection.

The two rap titans are closely followed behind by Bruno Mars, with six nominations, and Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA and No I.D. (Jay-Z’s producer) who each have five.

Other notable nominees include Cardi B, for her monster hit Bodak Yellow, getting nominations for "Best Rap Song" and "Best Rap Performance."

The 60th Grammy Awards show will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Jan 28.

See the full list of nominees here.

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, Starry

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 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

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