In a reflection of the current state of pop, in which hip-hop and urban music are the dominating forces, artists such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars are among the top nominees the 60th Grammy Awards, to be held Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Unlike the lead singles from her previous two albums, Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” — the first taste from her just-released “Reputation” — was not nominated for a Grammy Award. (“Reputation” itself came out after the Sept. 30 cutoff date for eligibility.)
But Swift is up for two Grammys — just not as a performer.
“Better Man,” the dreamy ballad she wrote for Little Big Town, is in contention for best country song along with Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” Chris Stapleton’s “Broken Halos,” Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” and Miranda Lambert’s “Tin Man.”
And in the best song written for visual media category, Swift is nominated as one of the songwriters responsible for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her and Zayn Malik’s hit from the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack. (It’ll go against tunes from “La La Land,” “Moana,” “Lion” and “Marshall.”)
Grammy voters have felt warmly about Swift’s tunesmithing in the past.
“Safe & Sound,” the song she penned with the Civil Wars for the first “Hunger Games” film, won a Grammy in 2013, and she’s taken the prize for best country song twice: first with “White Horse,” then with “Mean.”