Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations
The 2019 Grammy Award nominees were announced on Friday, with some of music’s biggest names at the top of the list.
Singers Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes announced a selection of nominees on CBS This Morning. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer.
Kendrick Lamar leads the list of nominees, racking in eight total nominations. The Compton rapper is having a really good week, as he also snagged a Golden Globe nomination for the original song “All The Stars” featuring SZA. Lamar was nominated for the Black Panther album compilation he executive produced for the blockbuster film.
Drake, a Grammy veteran, also sits at the top of the list with seven nominations for his 2018 album, Scorpion.
But women will also lead in a variety of categories this year. First among them is Bronx based artist, Cardi B.
The Invasion of Privacy rapper woke up on Friday to a total of five nominations, making her and Lady Gaga the most nominated female artists at the 2019 Grammys. Cardi is the only woman nominated in the rap categories, with social media currently adding more fuel to the fire surrounding the highly publicized feud between her and Nicki Minaj. Minaj completely shut out this year after the release of her last album, Queen.
Cardi’s nods include Album of the Year, and Record of the Year for “I Like It Like That.” While she’s having a more difficult week than Lamar after announcing her separation from husband Offset, hopefully the Grammy news will continue to lift her spirits.
Singer H.E.R. also received five nods for her self-titled 2017 album, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year. She will go up against fellow nominees Cardi B and Janelle Monae in the Album of the Year category. R&B legend Toni Braxton walked away with three nods, including Best R&B Performance, Best R&B, Song and Best R&B Album for Sex and Cigarettes.
Ella Mai was also nominated in the Song of the Year category for her heavily rotated hit “Boo’d Up.”
Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino secured a nod in two categories including Song and Record of the Year for “This Is America,”
But a few of the more public snubs are getting attention, including Grammy heavyweights Beyonce and Jay Z for their long-awaited joint album, Everything Is Love. While the duo did secure three nominations including, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance, and Best Music Video for “APESHIT,” folks are big mad that they were not nominated in some of the major categories, specifically Album Of The Year.
Kanye West’s latest effort Ye was also snubbed, but he did receive a nod for Producer of the Year, following his run of executive producing a total of five albums over the course of the last six months.
Nominees across the genre’s were more diverse list this year due to the outcry over the lack of color at last year’s award ceremony. In March, a task force was formed to ensure Black and brown artists received their fair share of recognition in a field heavily influenced by genre’s they helped to create. The Grammy Academy announced 900 additional members to the voting committee as a second step in its diversity efforts.
Make sure to tune into the 61st Grammy Award ceremony on February 10, 2019.
For a full list of this year’s nominee’s click here.