Having two hip-hop albums nominated for the prestigious category is also a big deal. Jay Z leads the pack with eight. Nods for song of the year went to the writers of "Despacito", Jay-Z's "4:44", Mars' "That's What I Like", Logic's "1-800-273-8255" and Julia Michaels' "Issues".
The nominees for AOTY are Jay-Z for 4:44, Lamar for DAMN, Childish Gambino for Awaken, My Love!
Rap and R&B artists dominated the Grammy nominations, which were announced Tuesday morning. His single "Location" earned a nod in the R&B song category, and "American Teen" was nominated in the urban contemporary album field.
"Despacito", the hit from Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee landed three nominations including record and song of the year. It's been 14 years since Outkast took home the award for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
Other artists with multiple nominations included: Kendrick Lamar with seven, Bruno Mars with six, Childish Gambino, No I.D., Khalid and Sza all with five nominations each.
The Grammys will be January 28, 2018 in New York City.
Music released between October 2016 and September 2017 qualified for this year's awards and will be voted for by members of the Recording Academy, made up of music industry professionals.