Grammy Snubs: Jay-Z, SZA Shut Out
Kendrick Lamar may have won five awards but lost the top prize of album of the year while three-time nominee "Despacito" didn't receive any awards.
Jay-Z may have gone into this year's Grammys up for a leading eight awards, but the rapper, who was recognized as the 2018 Grammy salute to industry icons honoree the night before, went home without any proper Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Also shut out by the Grammys this year were SZA, the most nominated female artist this year, up for five awards; record-breaking hit "Despacito," which could have become the first Spanish-language song of the year or record of the year winner in generations; five-time nominee Khalid; and two-time nominee Cardi B.
Kendrick Lamar collected five of the seven awards for which he was nominated, but the acclaimed rapper, who's been nominated for album of the year three times in the past five years, continued his losing streak for DAMN., this time going down to what appeared to be a virtually unstoppable Bruno Mars.
Ahead of this year's show, music-industry experts were already arguing that another loss for Lamar would be a grievous mistake by the Grammys.
"Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for album of the year three times in five years, and DAMN. was by most accounts 2017's most beloved record," NPR wrote. "If he doesn't take the trophy in 2018, conversations will revolve around the snub come Monday — and for years to come."
Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) only won one award, for best traditional R&B performance.