This year’s Grammys promise big performances, memorable moments and plenty of broad smiles. As the industry’s elite gather to honor the biggest and brightest stars, the following artists should have plenty of reason to flash their pearly whites.
Born Peter Gene Hernandez on Oct. 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bruno Mars has quickly ascended from humble beginnings into one of the world’s most celebrated performers. The third most-nominated artist in this year’s event, Bruno is up for six awards, including album of the year, best R&B album, record of the year and song of the year.
One of the industry’s hottest up-and-comers, SZA gained notoriety when her debut studio album, Ctrl, hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200. A Grammy first-timer, Sza is nominated for best R&B performance, best urban contemporary album, best new artist, best R&B song and best rap/sung performance. This makes here the most Grammy-nominated female of 2018.
Born Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Luis Fonsi has become an international superstar with the crossover remix of his smash hit “Despacito.” The Latin sensation is nominated in four Grammy categories, including song of the year, best pop duo/group performance, record of the year and best Latin pop album.
Since winning the very first U.S. “American Idol” in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has become one of the most recognized faces in music. After winning two Grammys for “Since U Been Gone” and “Breakaway” in 2006, Clarkson looks to add to her trophy case in 2018 with a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance for her latest hit “Love So Soft.”
Lana Del Rey
Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City, Lana Del Rey floundered in anonymity for years before breaking out with a YouTube video dubbed “Video Games.” Since then, she has become one of the industry’s most popular superstars with hits like “Born to Die” and “Ride.” At this year’s Grammys, Lana is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for “Lust for Life.”