Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

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

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

Kendrick Lamar leads the way in next year's Grammy nominations with nods in eight categories. While both artists have done well in the past on their own - Beyonce with 22 wins to-date and Jay Z follows just behind with 21 - the couple didn't receive any nominations in the main categories this year, such as Album Of The Year or Song Of The Year. The nominees included rappers Cardi B ("Invasion of Privacy"), Drake ("Scorpion"), Post Malone ("Beerbongs & Bentleys") and Lamar ("Black Panther: The Album"); R&B artists Janelle Monae ("Dirty Computer") and H.E.R. ("H.E.R."); country-pop singer Kacey Musgraves ("Golden Hour"); and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile ("By the Way, I Forgive You").

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.

With 84 Grammy Award categories, each year's list of nominations can be counted on to deliver a number of surprises for the music industry.

The Black Panther soundtrack, which he was heavily involved in, was nominated for Album Of The Year, while the score was nominated for Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. Drake is trailing just behind, with seven nominations.

In the best new artist category, six of the eight nominees are also women, with British stars Dua Lipa and Jorja Smith nominated alongside HER, Chloe x Halle, Margo Price and Bebe Rexha, as well as Luke Combs and rock band Greta Van Fleet.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy award nominations with 8 nods, Drake has 7
Kendrick Lamar leads the 2019 Grammy Awards nominations

The other rap categories have a wide range of choices as well.

Drake's frequent collaborator, producer Boi-1Da, earned six nods, as did Carlile, who also scored nominations in the American Roots category.

Other big name nominees include The Carters, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Travis Scott.

The Carters did get nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Music Video. The group snagged a nod for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", which they released over the summer. The 2019 Grammy Awards will be televised nationally at 7 p.m. February 10 on CBS.

In jazz, Miguel Zenon's "Yo Soy La Tradicion" ("I Am Tradition"), featuring Chicago's Spektral Quartet, received two nominations, for best Latin jazz album and best improvised jazz solo. Her latest album was only nominated for one award, best pop vocal album. And "Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James M. Stephenson" - an album by CSO assistant principal clarinet John Bruce Yeh - was nominated for best engineered album, classical (engineered by Bill Maylone and Mary Mazurek).

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