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for the first time since 1999, no white men are nominated for album of the year at the grammys

Grammys not so white.

Frankie Dunn

For an awards show with a less-than-inclusive history (did Adele’s 24 really deserve to win Album Of The Year over Beyonce’s Lemonade this year? And what was so culturally important about Taylor’s 1989 that it beat Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly to the award in 2016?) today’s nominations are looking up. In line for the same category are: Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love!, Lorde's Melodrama, Jay-Z’s 4:44, Kendrick Lamar's Damn and, well, Bruno Mars's 24K Magic. Sounds about right to us. Almost. It might be hard to fix a broken institution, but it seems that for the 60th year of the Grammys, someone is giving it a really good go.

Fun fact: the last time the album category had 0 men in its ranks was back in 1999 when Garbage, Lauryn Hill, Madonna, Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain were nominated. Iconic.