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ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Kendrick Lamar

DAMN. will bring Lamar his third consecutive nomination in this category. Lamar will become the third rapper to be nominated for Album of the Year three times as a lead artist. The first two were Kanye West and Eminem.
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Grammy 2018 nominee predictions: Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran set to dominate

Paul Grein

When the 60th Annual Grammy nominations are announced Nov. 28, look for Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar to be nominated in each of the top three categories — Album, Record, and Song of the Year. This would mark the second year in a row that a British pop star has squared off against a contemporary R&B or hip-hop star for Grammy glory. Last year, Adele went up against Beyoncé in all three of these categories.

Here are the likely nominees — and a few runners-up — in the “Big 4” categories, including Best New Artist. The winners will be announced in New York City on Jan. 28.