The nominees for AOTY are Jay-Z for 4:44, Lamar for DAMN, Childish Gambino for Awaken, My Love!, Bruno Mars for 24K Magic, and Lorde for Melodrama.
A black artist hasn't won a Grammy for AOTY in 10 years. The last person to do so was jazz pianist Herbie Hancock for his tribute album to Joni Mitchell. Having two hip-hop albums nominated for the prestigious category is also a big deal.
While the obvious Grammy prediction would be Bruno Mars, it would be a shame not to see a rap album win the award. It's been 14 years since Outkast took home the award for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Lamar has been nominated twice before and lost both times and Jay-Z, whose two-decade career has produced 14 number-one albums, has also never won the award.