Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Kendrick Lamar leads all Grammy nominees with 8

Kendrick Lamar leads all Grammy nominees with 8

For category 1 - "Record Of The Year", five of the eight nominees are hip-hop acts. Her debut LP Invasion of Privacy was nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Rap 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.

Maren Morris scored five nominations this year, including two nods for her EDM collaboration with Zedd and Grey, "The Middle" as well as a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

The American artiste was announced as the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical composition for the Marvel Studio's Black Panther.

Drake is right behind Kendrick with 7 nominations.

After receiving two Grammy nominations for her breakthrough "Bodak Yellow" last year, Cardi B continues her hot streak with five nods, including Record of the Year for her hit "I Like It".

H.E.R. not only co-wrote and co-produced each song on her self-titled album, she also plays guitar and piano. Rock band Greta Van Fleet and country singer Luke Combs also earned nominations.

In the biggest snub, Swift, one of the world's most successful singers, was shut out of the major awards, getting just one nomination in the pop category for her best-selling album Reputation. But popularity and easy listening doesn't always equate to "Album of the Year" potential. Boi-1da, born Matthew Samuels in Toronto, was nominated as producer for his body of work this year, which includes songs with Drake, Cardi B, G-Eazy, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. York University professor and previous Grammy-winner Rob Bowman is one of the compilation's producers.

- 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.

Those who earned four nominations are Musgraves, Malone, PJ Morton, Dave Cobb, Ludwig Goransson, Noah Shebib and SZA, who earned a Golden Globe nomination alongside Lamar for "All the Stars" on Thursday.

Kendrick Lamar has won 12 Grammy Awards during his career. Lamar was also listed in the Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead") and Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" & "Win") categories. When the awards are actually handed out at the 61st annual ceremony (Feb. 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles), we'll see if the pumping up of nominees is just window dressing.

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