Jay-Z, Bruno Mars lead Grammy noms in top categories

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Jay-Z and Bruno Mars are nominees in the rap- and R&B-dominated top three categories at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy said Tuesday that Jay-Z's "4:44" and Mars' "24K Magic" are nominated for album of the year alongside Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN.," Childish Gambino's "Awaken My Love!" and Lorde's "Melodrama."
Record of the year nominees include Jay-Z's "The Story of O.J.," Mars' "24K Magic," Lamar's "Humble," Gambino's "Redbone" and the year's biggest hit, "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. "Despacito" is also nominated for song of the year -- a songwriter's award -- along with Mars' "That's What I Like," Jay-Z's "4:44," Logic's "1-800-273-8255" and Julia Michaels' "Issues."
Michaels, SZA, Alessia Cara, Khalid and Lil Uzi Vert are nominated for best new artist.
And one of the nominations has gone to the late actress Carrie Fisher.
She's been posthumously nominated for "Best Spoken Word Album" for the audiobook recording of her memoir, "The Princess Diarist".
The recording was released in November 2016--- a month before she died.
The "Star wars" icon was previously nominated for a spoken word Grammy in 2009 for her book "Wishful Drinking".