Jay-Z, 48, goes into Sunday's Grammy awards with a leading eight nominations for his emotional, soul-baring album "4:44", in which he examine the infidelity that was so scathingly detailed by Beyonce in 2016's "Lemonade", as well as searing commentary on race in America. This is largely due to the fact that the Grammysallowed online voting for the first time, making it possible for far more of the roughly 13,000 voting members to easily sound off on nominees. The past 14 shows have taken place in Los Angeles. Also, check out the dedicated iTunes Grammy Awards page with exclusive videos of Grammy performances over the last 60 years. He'll receive the award Saturday evening at a gala hosted by legendary record producer Clive Davis. That is due to the eligibility requirements, which are a bit odd and hard to remember: For music to be considered for Grammy recognition this year, albums must have been released between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017. Find a selection of the nominees here in our handy GRAMMY Ballot.
What about Despacito? Sure it's popular worldwide, but will it win a Grammy Award? (He declined to identify on the record which performer will open the show.) "No matter how you look at it, it's going to be the year of hip-hop", he said.
But the nominations also reflect a year in which racial divisions have come into stark focus in America with the election of President Donald Trump. You've got to leave your ego at the door really and you just can't make it all about you. It is a paid service (starting at $5.99/month), but it also offers a free seven day trial. Your local CBS affiliate has you covered so just click on the corresponding channel to wherever you live.
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