Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Cardi B Lead Nominations for 2019 Grammys


Cardi B's debut album, Invasion of Privacy, got a nod, as did Drake's massively successful new offering, Scorpion, and the Black Panther soundtrack, with original songs produced by Kendrick Lamar. West, who has never won a Grammy in a major category, was also nominated for just one Grammy, for best non-classical producer.

"- Best pop duo/group performance: "Fall In Line", Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato; "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", Backstreet Boys; "'S Wonderful", Tony Bennett and Diana Krall; "Shallow", Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; "Girls Like You", Maroon 5 and Cardi B; "Say Something", Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton; "The Middle", Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.

As the New York Times notes, women also lead in some of the biggest categories this year; the awards show received criticism for a lack of diversity in the past.

Reggae star Etana has ended the drought of female nominees, bagging a nomination for the Best Reggae album with her "Reggae Forever" set.

Barbra Streisand's THE MUSIC.THE MEM'RIES.THE MAGIC! is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. 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. The soundtrack for "A Star Is Born" was released after Grammy eligibility, though "Shallow" was released in time and also earned Cooper two nominations.

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- 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. Additionally, rapper Mac Miller, who died in September from an accidental overdose at age 26, earned a posthumous nomination for his album Swimming, marking his first Grammy nomination for best rap album. Chris Cornell, who died past year, is up for best rock performance with "When Bad Does Good". His ability to wear many hats has been proven, and his 2018 album "Colours" is his most overt attempt at creating bouncy, enduring pop music.

This is a huge accomplishment for Drake, who is in second place for the number of nominations this year.

The Compton emcee's Black Panther track "All The Stars" with SZA obtained noms for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Song Written For Visual Media, and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Lamar has won 12 Grammys throughout his career.

The Grammys will be held on February 10th, 2019 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.