She’s had three No. 1 singles, two No. 1 albums and has been through more personal and legal trouble than any singer should ever have to in order to get an album out.
Now Kesha finally has her first Grammy nominations.
The artist scored a nomination in pop solo performance for “Praying,” her redemptive ballad after years of court fights against her former producer, Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual assault, as well as pop vocal album for “Rainbow.”
Those schooled in rap history understand that rivalries have played a crucial role in the genre’s narrative, with the competition between coasts at the heart.
Whether it was Southern California rappers N.W.A and Snoop Dogg working to wrest attention from Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim, or Tupac Shakur representing California against Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls in the ’90s, or even The Game going after Jay-Z a decade later, regional pride has played a key role in the music’s evolution.
This year’s Grammy duality arrives via Compton’s Kendrick Lamar, whose album “Damn” helped earn him seven nominations including album of the year, and Brooklyn’s Jay-Z, who eclipsed him with eight. The two artists will be competing head to head in all but one category, song of the year, for which Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” earned a nod.
“If a girl have beef with me, she gon’ have beef with me foreva,” Cardi B hissed with a biting venom that would make even Medusa cower.
It was a line that instantly turned the woman born Belcalis Almanzar into a breakout star of VH1’s hit reality series “Love & Hip Hop: New York” when she came aboard for the show’s sixth season last year.
The self-described “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx” stole just about every single scene she appeared in during her two-season run on the series. Her catch-phrases — expect to see “Washpoppin” in the dictionary at some point — and a deep-seated aversion to having a filter made her reality TV catnip.
But where so many others have used reality fame to boost products and the inevitable spinoff, Cardi turned it into rap gold — something her co-stars have so often failed to do.
And now she’s making Grammy history.
“Bodak Yellow” has secured two nominations, for rap song and rap performance — the latter of which has never seen a woman nominated on her own.
Unlike the lead singles from her previous two albums, Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” — the first taste from her just-released “Reputation” — was not nominated for a Grammy Award. (“Reputation” itself came out after the Sept. 30 cutoff date for eligibility.)
But Swift is up for two Grammys — just not as a performer.
“Better Man,” the dreamy ballad she wrote for Little Big Town, is in contention for best country song along with Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” Chris Stapleton’s “Broken Halos,” Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” and Miranda Lambert’s “Tin Man.”
It’s no secret that 19-year-old singer-songwriter Khalid had a huge year with his inventive debut album, “American Teen.” On Tuesday, the Georgia-born artist scored five Grammy nominations, including for new artist.
Khalid was recognized for collaborating on Logic and Alessia Cara’s socially conscious single “1-800-273-8255,” which earned nominations for song of the year and music video. His single “Location” earned a nod in the R&B song category, and “American Teen” was nominated in the urban contemporary album field.
What, no Grammys love for Taylor Swift’s “Reputation”?
Simply put, the pop superstar’s new album — which sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week — did not make the cutoff date to be eligible for the 2018 Grammys. The Recording Academy required albums to be released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30 to qualify. “Reputation” dropped Nov. 10.
Of course, “Look What You Made Me Do” was released during the qualification window. It just wasn’t nominated.
If “Despacito” were to win the Grammy for song of the year, it would be in extremely rare company. And it could make history as the first Spanish-language song to do so.
The last time a non-English-language tune took home the award for that category? The very first Grammys in 1959, when Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci won for “Volare,” sung in Italian by Modugno.
(OK, it’s a stretch, but the Beatles’ “Michelle” has a notable passage in French, and it won for song of the year in 1967.)
Kendrick Lamar’s seven Grammy nominations bring his all-time total to an impressive 29 — including three for the Recording Academy’s most prestigious prize, album of the year. (In January, his “Damn” will compete for that title with Jay-Z’s “4:44,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Lorde’s “Melodrama” and “Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino.)
But how many Grammys has the celebrated Compton rapper actually taken home?
The 2018 Grammy nominations were unveiled Tuesday morning, with Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars among the top nominees.
Jay-Z, who has accumulated 66 nominations in years past, added eight new nods to his tally. Lamar followed with seven nominations, bringing up his total haul of Grammy nods over the years to 29. Rounding out the top three was Mars, who earned six nominations.
All three artists have already won multiple Grammys in previous years, with Jay-Z having amassed 21 awards throughout his career thus far. An impressive feat but there is one 2018 nominee who has racked up even more wins over the years than Jay-Z. Alison Krauss, who earned two nominations this year, is a 27-time Grammy-winner (the most of any female artist).