Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B & Drake Lead the 2019 Grammy Nominations

Angelo Anderson
December 7, 2018

Singer H.E.R. also received five nods for her self-titled 2017 album, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.

If Lamar felt like he got snubbed previous year, then he'll feel better about the 2019 Grammys, as he earned more nominations than anybody else, with eight total. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also picked up four nominations for the song "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, although the film's soundtrack itself wasn't eligible, per The Hollywood Reporter.

But the Recording Academy continued its fraught relationship with Jay-Z and Beyoncé by shutting out their joint album "Everything is Love" from major categories.

Besides Carlile, the record of the year nominees included Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin ("I Like It"); Drake ("God's Plan"); Childish Gambino ("This is America"); Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ("Shallow"); Lamar and SZA ("All the Stars"); Post Malone ("Rockstar"); and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey ("The Middle").

In May, the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - said he would step aside when his contract expires near year, amid outrage after he said women artists should "step up".

Who's Presenting?: Last year's Best New Artist victor, Alessia Cara, will join Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and Apple Music host Zane Lowe to announce the nominees in select categories. That's because her two Grammy nods past year disqualify her from a best new artist award.

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Behind him is Drake who is nominated for: Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year ("God's Plan"), Best Rap Song ("God's Plan" and "Sicko Mode"), and two for Best Rap Performance ("Nice for What" and "Sicko Mode").

The rapper, 49, failed to win any of his eight Grammy nominations in 2018, but now Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are up for three awards as The Carters.

After leading nominations past year, however, Jay-Z and his pop queen wife Beyonce were left out of the top categories despite acclaim for their joint project "Everything is Love".

For Best R&B Performance, the couple's song Summer will be competing against Long As I Live by Toni Braxton, Y O Y by Lalah Hathaway, Best Part by H.E.R.

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, both multiple Grammy winners, received a nomination for Love is Here to Stay, in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.


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