29 Nov 2017

Lorde scores Grammy nod for Melodrama

11:10 am on 29 November 2017

Lorde has been nominated for album of the year at the Grammy Awards for Melodrama.

Lorde in Berlin, March 2017.

Lorde in Berlin, March 2017. Photo: AFP

Lorde will compete against Jay-Z's 4.44, R&B star Bruno Mars' 24K Magic, Childish Gambino's Awaken, My Love! and Kendrick Lamar's Damn.

Jay-Z topped the overall nominations for music's top awards with eight. 4:44's title track and 'The Story of O.J.' songs were nominated in song and record of the year.

Lamar landed seven nominations overall, Mars got six including the top three categories and Childish Gambino, the alter-ego of actor Donald Glover, scored five nominations.

Despacito, the hit from Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee landed three nominations including record and song of the year.

The 60th Grammy Awards, music's biggest night honouring the year's achievements across more than 80 categories, are scheduled for 28 January at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

JayZ in concert in Canada, 2014.

Jay-Z topped the list with eight Grammy nominations. Photo: AFP

Music released between October 2016 and September 2017 qualified for this year's awards and will be voted for by members of the Recording Academy, made up of music industry professionals.

Newcomer R&B singer SZA was the most-nominated female artist with five nods including best new artist, in which she will face singers Julia Michaels, Alessia Cara, Khalid and rapper Lil Uzi Vert.

The absence of some of the biggest female artists marked a stark contrast with the 2017 awards, when Beyonce led the nominations and Britain's Adele swept the top awards. Neither released new music this year.

Taylor Swift's Reputation album will not be eligible this year due to its November release, but she garnered two nominations including writing country group Little Big Town's Better Man.

Katy Perry, who is yet to win a Grammy award, did not score a single nomination for her Witness album.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and director Andrew Dominik were named in the best music film category for One More Time With Feeling.

The most notable omission from Tuesday's Grammy nominations was Canadian hip hop artist Drake, whose More Life album dominated streaming, charts and radio play since its March release.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose Divide album topped charts around the world, garnered two nominations in the pop categories. Lady Gaga and Kesha landed two nods each in the same categories as Sheeran.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

- Reuters