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Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations

By | Published on Monday 10 December 2018

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Kendrick Lamar leads this year’s Grammy nominations, thanks to the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack he curated and produced. He scores eight nominations in total, including Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year.

After last year, all eyes were on gender diversity in the nominations, which does seem to have improved somewhat. While Lorde was the only woman to be nominated in the Album Of The Year category last year, for the 2019 awards, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, HER, Janelle Monáe and Kasey Musgraves outnumber Lamar, Drake and Post Malone.

Absent from that list are Beyonce and Jay-Z with their album as The Carters, ‘Everything Is Love’, which gets three nominations in minor categories. This ensures that the running gag about Beyonce being unable to win Album Of The Year continues. It’s also probably not quite the answer Jay-Z was hoping for when he rapped on that album that someone needs to “tell the Grammy’s fuck that [zero] for eight shit” – a reference to the number of prizes he was nominated for and then failed to win at the 2018 ceremony.

Also on the snub list are Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, who both appear in the full nominations list, although only just and neither in any major category.

Major categories though, which ones are those? Well, those are the three or four that people actually bother to properly report on, because the Grammy Awards still insists on having a list of awards so long that it’s almost impossible for anyone not to get nominated. If you got no nominations at all, the Recording Academy really, really hates you.

Here are those top awards, anyway…

Album Of The Year:
Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Drake – Scorpion
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album

Record Of The Year:
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Cardi B – I Like It
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Post Malone & 21 Savage – Rockstar
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

Song Of The Year:
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Drake – God’s Plan
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

Best New Artist:
Bebe Rexha
Chloe x Halle
Dua Lipa
Greta Van Fleet
Jorja Smith
Luke Combs
Margo Price

If you want to know about any of the other 80 categories, go and look for yourself here.

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