The nominees for the GRAMMY's album of the year are in, and for the first time in 19 years, the list doesn't include any white men.
The list includes one woman, and four men of color: 'Awaken, My Love!,' by Childish Gambino, 'Melodrama' by Lorde, '4:44' by JAY-Z, 'DAMN.' by Kendrick Lamar, and '24K Magic' by Bruno Mars.
The last time this happened was back in 1999, when five women were nominated for the category: Madonna, Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, and Garbage.
As you can probably imagine, people had mixed feelings about the nominations.
I feel these types of statements based on race create more of a divide! How about we just name the artist, race has nothing to do with their talent.— Al James (@amped88fan) November 28, 2017
Hella dope & definitely the best albums of the last cycle. I’d say ‘Awaken, My Love’ is more funk than rap, But it’s definitely the winner here.— Sho (@justpreshio) November 28, 2017
Notice anything about the 2018 Grammy nominations for album of the year?— Dani Deahl (@danideahl) November 28, 2017
Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love
Jay Z: 4:44
Kendrick Lamar: Damn
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic
This is the FIRST TIME EVER no white guys have been nominated. EVER.#GRAMMYs #GrammyNominations
I lov everyone nominated but I still feel like sign of the times was robbed!— Cami (@2heartsin1hme28) November 28, 2017
I'm happy about the representation, but I don't think Lorde is a minority and Awaken my love isn't a rap album.— Jesse Cassidy (@JesseKCassidy) November 28, 2017
Why does this matter tho. It's not like white guys weren't deserving of their nomination in past years and JB didn't release an album. There's no HUGE white rappers and there weren't any rock bands that released more deserving albums— J. A. R. E. (@jared_m_locke) November 28, 2017
🗣Everyone be quiet and listen!— Bleeding Gums Murphy (@FactsRarely) November 28, 2017
“YOU WILL NOT REPLACE US”
echoing in the distance.
What do you think?