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Rappers Kendrick Lamar, Drake lead Grammy award nominations

LOS ANGELES: Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led Grammy Award nominations on Friday, with eight and seven nods, respectively. Canadian artist Drake, the most-streamed artist of 2018, was nominated in the top category - album of the year - along with rappers Cardi B and Post Malone, R&B singer Janelle Monae, folk singer Brandi Carlile, country star Kacey Musgraves, newcomer H.E.R. and the “Black Panther” movie soundtrack, which Lamar produced. Lamar, the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, Drake, and…

Rapper Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer music prize for ‘DAMN.’

LOS ANGELES:  California rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday for his album “DAMN.,” organizers announced. Lamar, 30, is the first rapper to win the prestigious award. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy awards won by Lamar in January for the album. Previous Pulitzer music winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.

Ed Sheeran officially named world’s best-selling artist of 2017

LONDON: IFPI, an organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has named Ed Sheeran as the world's best-selling recording artist of 2017. The singer was chosen for the award over "the unparalleled, record-breaking success of his third studio album ÷ (Divide) and its singles including the global smashes "Shape of You", "Castle on the Hill", "Galway Girl" and "Perfect". Congratulations to all the superb artists who feature in the IFPI Global Artist of the Year 2017 chart. A true accolade for the…

Bruno Mars surprises with Grammy sweep

NEW YORK: Bruno Mars, who has revived retro funk and R&B for a new generation, on Sunday swept the Grammy Awards in a surprise snub for the hip-hop world, which had hoped for a major breakthrough on the music industry's biggest night. The industry seized on its annual gala to rally on behalf of the growing women's movement against sexual harassment, with pop singer Kesha delivering a fierce performance about her own abuse story. But for the awards, the feel-good Mars carried the night. He won the top prize, Album…

Taylor Swift wins top Grammy but Lamar steals show

LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift made history Monday as the first woman to win the top Grammy twice, but rapper Kendrick Lamar took home five awards and delivered an electrifying, politically charged performance that rocked the gala.