This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Grammys.
In 1958 with only 28 award categories, the very first Grammy for Record of the Year went to Domenico Modugno for “Volare.” Today there are 84 categories, and this year rappers top of the list. Kendrick Lamar’s latest album “DAMN” and his hit record “Humble” have plenty of nominations. But what’s his story?
Here are five things you may not know.
- Kendrick Lamar started rapping under the name K-Dot, but then decided to use his own name as his rapping comes from his life experiences, making the rapping ore authentic. His last name is actually Duckworth.
- Lamar has released four albums and has received seven Grammys as of 2017.
- Lamar has five siblings.
- Lamar’s cousin is Golden State Warriors basketball star Nick Young.
- Lamar gives back to his community of Compton, CA consistently helping to bring new opportunities and jobs to the people who call Compton their home.
Fast Facts About the New Artist of the Year Nominees
Alessia Cara: At age 13 she had her own YouTube channel where she posted her covers.
Khalid: Khalid spent six years living in Germany while his mom was in the military.
Lil Uzi Vert: His real name is Symere Woods.
Julia Michaels: Wrote songs for Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani.
SZA: Time magazine named “CTRL” the top album of 2017.
Other Grammy Nominations
Record of the Year
- “Redbone” by Childish Gambino
- “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
- “The Story of OJ” by JAY-Z
- “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar
- “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
Pop Song of the Year
- “Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson
- “Praying” by Kesha
- “Million Reasons” by Lady GaGa
- “What About Us” by P!nk
- Shape of You (Ed Sheeran)
The 60th Grammys airs on Sunday January 28, 2018 on CBS.