Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Rap star Kendrick Lamar, women nominees lead Grammy race

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The soundtrack of Marvel's "Black Panther" propelled rap superstar Kendrick Lamar to the front of this year's Grammy pack with eight nominations, closely followed by fellow rapper Drake who scored seven. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone. Cardi will also compete for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance ("Be Careful"), and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her Maroon 5 collaboration "Girls Like You".

The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced on Friday morning.

Barbra Streisand's THE MUSIC.THE MEM'RIES.THE MAGIC! is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Yet, there she is, just behind Lamar and Drake's seven nominations, with six nods, including record of the year, album of the year and song of the year.

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.

Ella Mai was also nominated in the Song of the Year category for her heavily rotated hit "Boo'd Up".

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

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. The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) earned nods for Best R&B Performance ("Summer") and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Everything Is Love).

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN has been nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and "This is Me" from the soundtrack was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The pop singer, raised in Pickering, Ont., was named in two categories - song of the year for In My Blood and best pop vocal album. 21 Savage - "Rockstar" Best Rap SongDrake - "God's Plan" Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake - "King's Dead" Eminem - "Lucky You" Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee - "Sicko Mode" Jay Rock ft. His album "Ye" did not receive any nods.

Noah Shebib, another one of Drake's collaborators, is recognized with four nominations for songs from the Scorpion album.

Among artists with Chicago connections, the nominees included Fall Out Boy for best rock album ("Mania"); Kanye West for best producer, nonclassical; John Prine for best Americana album ("The Tree of Forgiveness"); and Jeff Tweedy for best American roots song (Mavis Staples' "Build a Bridge").

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