A 2018 Grammy Awards Preview, By the Numbers — from JAY-Z to Julia Michaels
The title of JAY-Z’s revealing 13th full-length album. With eight nods — including Album of the Year — he’s this year’s most-nominated artist. To tie his wife, Beyoncé, who has won 22 times, the rapper only needs to take home one more Gramophone.
On Song of the Year contender “4:44,” Jay-Z apologizes to Beyoncé for infidelity. Four is also the power couple’s favorite number.
The number of times Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” — and its remix with Justin Bieber — was streamed globally in 2017. The record-breaking single is up for three awards, including Song and Record of the Year.
The moving hit by rapper Logic with Alessia Cara and Khalid — which was named after and inspired by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number — is up for Song of the Year and Best Music Video.
Number of weeks Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” — nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance — topped the Billboard Hot 100, the longest run in the chart’s history. In addition, the Brit’s third LP, ÷ (pronounced “Divide”), is up for the Best Pop Vocal Album trophy.
Number of nominations soulful R&B newcomer SZA scored, making her the most-nominated woman at the 2018 show.