Grammys 2018: Expect Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran for Album of the Year

November 22, 2017 GMT

Grammys 2018: Expect Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran for Album of the Year

CLEVELAND, Ohio – There was a time when Album of the Year was the clear cut big award at the Grammys. That’s changed a bit with the rise of singles and music streaming.

Still, the 60th Grammy Awards, which will be announced on Nov. 28, should have a few huge names in the category. Namely, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar. But who will join them?

Predicted Nominees:

Ed Sheeran – “Divide”Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy”Kendrick Lamar – “Damn”Lady Gaga – “Joanne”Lorde – “Melodrama”

Other Possibilities: Bruno Mars – “24K Magic,” Metallica – “Hardwired to Self Destruct,” Miranda Lambert – “The Weight of These Wings,” Jay-Z – “4:44,” Leonard Cohen – “Dark Matter”

Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar are guarantees. It would make Lamar just the third rapper to earn three nominations in this category (Kanye West and Eminem are the other two). After that, it’s wide open.

Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” feels like another strong possibility. But his last album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which had more dynamic hits, did not earn an Album of the Year nomination.

Lorde’s “Melodrama” is a critically acclaimed album from a previous big Grammy winner. Pencil her in. Lady Gaga is also no stranger to the Album of the Year category. “Joanne” is a strong enough shift in her sound to place her there again.

The Grammys like to insert and oddball nominee in this category (Think Beck, Chris Stapleton or Sturgill Simpson). Meanwhile, Metallica, Miranda Lambert, Jay-Z or Leonard Cohen would offer a veteran a much-deserved nod (none of them have been nominated in this category before).

Foo Fighters and Neil Young are also potential spoilers. But Father John Misty feels like the kind of trendy critical darling the Grammy voters will go for.