2019 Grammy Nominees Announced: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Brandi Carlile Lead the Pack

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2019 Grammy Nominees Announced: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Brandi Carlile Lead the Pack

The National Academy of Recording Arts has announced the nominees for the 61st Grammy Awards, recognizing music released between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018. As with last year, hip-hop artists gathered the most nominations.

Kendrick Lamar (Black Panther: The Album) and Drake (Scorpion) led the way, with the former receiving eight nominations and the latter following with seven. With both nominated for record of the year, album of the year and song of the year, it’s going to be interesting to see which album (if either) reigns supreme. Following with six nominations is Brandi Carlile, the most-nominated woman in next year’s awards, with Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, H.E.R and Maren Morris following with five each.

A few nominations—or lack thereof—stood out from the fray. Giving a nod to Mac Miller, whose death in September shook the hip-hop community, Swimming is nominated for rap album of the year. On the opposite end, in a sure-to-be-contentious choice, Cardi B was noticeably absent from the best new artist category after being deemed ineligible by the Academy.

The ceremony will be held on Feb. 10, 2019. Check out a few of the more notable nominations below and find the full list here.

Album of the Year

Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B
By the Way, I forgive You, Brandi Carlile 
Scorpion, Drake 
Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone
Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves 
 Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar

Record of the Year

“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile 
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino 
“God’s Plan,” Drake 
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper 
“All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar, Sza
“Rockstar,” Post Malone
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

Song of the Year

“All the Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Solana Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears, Anthony Tiffith
“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, Dijon McFarlane
“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, and Noah Shebib
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth
“In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes, and Geoffrey Warburton
“This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Colors,” Beck
“Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello
“God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga 
“Better Now,” Post Malone

Best Vocal Album

Camila, Camila Cabello
Meaning Of Life, Kelly Clarkson
Sweetener, Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
Beautiful Trauma, Pink
Reputation, Taylor Swift 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fall In Line,” Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper 
“Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
“Say Something,” Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Singularity, Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide, Justice
Treehouse, Sofi Tukker
Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, Sophie
Lune Rouge, Tokimonsta

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Everything Is Love, The Carters
The Kids Are Alright, Chloe x Halle
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
War & Leisure, Miguel
Ventriloquism, Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Rap Album

Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B
Swimming, Mac Miller
Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle
Daytona, Pusha T
Astroworld, Travis Scott

Best Rap Performance

”Be Careful,” Cardi B
“Nice For What,” Drake 
“King’s Dead,” Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake 
“Bubblin,” Anderson Paak
“Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Like I Do,” Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink
“Pretty Little Fears.” 6lack Featuring J. Cole
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino 
“All The Stars.” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
“Rockstar,” Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

Best R&B Album

Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton
Good Thing, Leon Bridges
, Lalah Hathaway
H.E.R., H.E.R.
Gumbo Unplugged Live, P.J. Morton

Best R&B Performance

“Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton
“Summer,” The Carters
“Y O Y,” Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part,” H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
“First Began,” P.J. Morton
Rock and alternative categories

Best Rock Album

Rainier Fog, Alice In Chains
M A N I A, Fall Out Boy
Prequel, Ghost
From The Fires, Greta Van Fleet
Pacific Daydream, Weezer 

Best Rock Performance

“Four Out Of Five,” Arctic Monkeys
“When Bad Does Good,” Chris Cornell
“Made An America,” The Fever 333
“Highway Tune,” Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable,” Halestorm

Best Alternative Music Album

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, Arctic Monkeys
Colors, Beck
Utopia, Björk
American Utopia, David Byrne 
Masseduction, St. Vincent 

Best Country Album

Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBride
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves 
From a Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

”Shoot Me Straight,” Brothers Osborne
“Tequila,” Dan Shay
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Little Big Town
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
“Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Solo Performance

“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” Loretta Lynn 
“Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters,” Maren Morris
“Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves 
“Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line,” Keith Urban 

Best Americana Album

By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile 
Things Have Changed, Bettye LaVette
The Tree Of ForgivenessJohn Prine 
The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, Lee Ann Womack
One Drop Of Truth, The Wood Brothers 

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