Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations

Sergio Cunningham
December 7, 2018

Kendrick Lamar leads the way in next year's Grammy nominations with nods in eight categories.

Kendrick Lamar's eight nominations are in the categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead"), plus two for Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" and Jay Rock collab "WIN"), plus Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media ("All the Stars" with SZA from Black Panther).

The album of the year race also includes Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy, Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer, Kacey Musgraves's Golden Hour, Brandi Carlile's By the Way, I Forgive You and Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys. Mac Miller's Swimming and Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD are both nominated for Best Rap Album alongside Cardi's album.

If Lamar felt like he got snubbed a year ago, then he'll feel better about the 2019 Grammys, as he earned more nominations than anybody else, with eight total.

The recognition for work on his 2018 double-album Scorpion, as well as contributions to other rappers' tracks, comes after the Toronto-raised performer boycotted last year's Grammys by choosing not to submit anything from his previous release, More Life.

He didn't run away with the crown, though, as Drake was right behind him with seven nominations of his own.

Six of the eight 2019 nominees for Best New Artist are women.

United Kingdom leader may let Parliament decide on Brexit backstop
Many MPs have expressed concerns about the backstop, aimed at preventing a "hard border" on the island of Ireland . About 90 Conservatives are, at the moment, expected to rebel when MPs vote on the deal next Tuesday.

Some Hip Hop artists were also nominated in the R&B categories.

The Carters ("Apesh*t"), Childish Gambino ("This Is America"), and Joyner Lucas ("I'm Not Racist") were nominated for Best Music Video.

"Everything Is Love" was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

His song "All the Stars" is also in the running for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Childish Gambino's "Feels Like Summer" is up for Best R&B Song.

In the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, Wayne Shorter received his 21st Grammy nomination, for Emanon.

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.

Demi Lovato, who relapsed after six years of sobriety and was hospitalized for an overdose in July, earned a nomination for best pop duo/group performance for "Fall In Line", her duet with Christina Aguilera. 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). It was the only nomination Timberlake received this year in relation to his album "Man of the Woods", which was released in February.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER