The nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards were announced early Tuesday (November 28) with JAY-Z leading the pack with eight nominations for his work on 4:44. While a nomination for someone as esteemed as Hov is to be expected, a nomination for an 18-year-old R&B singer from El Paso, Texas is somewhat less likely. But Khalid and his debut album American Teen were nominated for five Grammys, including one for Best New Artist.
Khalid took to Twitter to express his surprise.
“Woke up to find out that I’m nominated for 5 Grammys,” he wrote. “I’m in shock. I’m so thankful man this is unbelievable.”
Logic, whose suicide prevention anthem “1-800-273-8255” topped Billboard’s Hot 100, also earned a couple of nominations, including Song Of The Year and Best Music Video. Apparently all he needs now is a new suit.
“Today I was woken up by my wife calling to tell me I was nominated for Song Of The Year at the Grammys and Best Music Video,” he wrote on Twitter. “I can’t even believe this tweet! Holy shit. I HAVE TO GO BUY A SUIT NOW!#RattPack.”
Several Hip Hop artists and fans alike hit social media to show their gratitude and admiration for the nods, including Rapsody, Tyler The Creator and Chance The Rapper.
Rapsody earned a nomination in the Best Rap Album category for her 9th Wonder-produced project, Laila’s Wisdom.
“Man….man…..THANK YOU so much to the @recordingAc……to my team, @JamlaRecords I love y’all!” she wrote on Twitter. “What a journey we’re on.”
Other Hip Hop and R&B artists nominated for the award include Kendrick Lamar, Migos, SZA, The Weeknd, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Sean, Bruno Mars, Kehlani, Childish Gambino, 6LACK and Cardi B.
The 60th Grammy Awards air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28.
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