For the first time in the history of the Grammys, all of the lead artists nominated for record of the year are people of color. Meanwhile, in the album of the year category, four out of the five albums nominated are by artists of color—the most in more than a decade and a tie for the most in Grammy history.

JAY-Z leads with eight nominations and will face off against Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars for Record and Album of the Year. Jay will also go head-to-head with Mars for Song of the Year.  SZA, who earned five nominations, and Khalid will go toe-to-toe for Best New Artist.

Childish Gambino, Jay Z, Bruno Mars, and Kendrick Lamar are all nominated for their most recent releases. The only white artist up for that trophy is Lorde, who is nominated for her sophomore album Melodrama.

With two nominations, Cardi B is shaking up the rap category. Her hit song, “Bodak Yellow,” earned nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. She faces off against Kendrick and Jay in both as well as Migos and Big Sean for Best Rap Performance. And, it will be a tight race. Cardi’s “Bodak Yellow” was a summer hit, dethroning Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” and making Cardi the first rapper to top the Billboard 100 since Lauryn Hill.

Both JAY-Z and Kendrick had released amazing music too. Jay’s 4:44 is arguably one of his most personal albums, where he goes into detail about his infidelity, examines race, and talks about his relationship with Kanye.

And, Kendrick’s DAMN. is no slouch. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and all 14 songs charted.

Meanwhile, the other two “Big Four” categories, song of the year and best new artist, are similarly dominated by people of color. Black rappers and singers Lil Uzi Vert, Khalid, and SZA are all up for best new artist, where they will go up against Alessia Cara and Julia Michaels.

Some have questioned if the nominations are a response to #GrammysSoWhite, a hashtag that trended on social media. But music critics say the Grammy nominations tend to follow the pop charts fairly closely, and since the rise of streaming, Black people and other people of color have been taking back the pop charts.

Last year, after an apologetic Adele beat out Beyoncé and others to sweep the top categories of album of the year, record of the year, and song of the year, Slate music critic Carl Wilson noted that this has become “the Grammy’s current pattern: use Black performers to draw viewers but bypass them for the main awards.” After all, Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for Album of the Year twice before with two instant-classic, game-changing albums, only to lose out to Daft Punk in 2014 and Taylor Swift in 2016. And certainly it’s possible that, in that category in particular, something similar could happen once again: Fans of R&B and hip-hop could split their votes between Childish Gambino, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars, leaving Lorde to run away with the night’s final award.

But in at least one of this year’s biggest categories, that won’t be possible. No matter what happens on “music’s biggest night,” there’s one sure thing: An artist of color will win record of the year. All of which leaves one possible solution to the Grammys’ old pattern: just stop nominating white artists.

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