Kendrick Lamar leads 2019 Grammys nominations

Tabitha Dunn
December 8, 2018

Several of Drake's associates also landed Grammy recognition.

One year on from outgoing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow telling women to "step up" women are far better represented women in this year's nominations.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What does the expansion in nominees mean? Rounding out the category were Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys, Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour, Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, Brandi Carlile's By the Way I Forgive You, and H.E.R.'s self-titled debut album.

Of the eight best new artist nominees, six are women, including Lipa, H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

Up for top song, a songwriter's award, are SZA, Ella Mai, Carlile, Sarah Aarons and Lady Gaga.

But the nominations also resulted in snubs for some of the music industry's biggest stars, such as Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, among others. Still, progress was made, at least at the nomination stage.

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The Recording Academy, whose members choose the Grammys, this year expanded to eight from five the number of nominees in the top four categories - record, song and album of the year, and best new artist - to allow a more diverse line-up.

On the Canadian front, the big victor, no surprise, is Drake, a dominant force this year on the streaming charts. "I Like It" is also nominated for Record Of The Year, "Be Careful" received a nod for Best Rap Performance and Invasion Of Privacy is up for Best Rap Album this year.

Carlile - a folk-rock singer known for her bluesy, dynamic voice - earned six nominations, including three across the major categories.

- Best dance/electronic album: "Singularity", Jon Hopkins; "Woman Worldwide", Justice; "Treehouse", Sofi Tukker; "Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides", SOPHIE; "Lune Rouge", TOKiMONSTA.

Meanwhile, jazz artist Diana Krall was also a double nominee for new work with Tony Bennett. The pair collaborated on the album Love Is Here to Stay.

Thanks to the hit "Black Panther" film Lamar - whose album "DAMN" won the Pulitzer Prize for music this year - once again has a chance to win the coveted Album of the Year prize after three prior losses. Childish Gambino is a one time victor.

Other famous faces outside of music to earn nominations include Tiffany Haddish and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, both up for best spoken word album.

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