GRAMMYs 2019: Listen to All of the Album of the Year Nominees

Cristina Cross
December 9, 2018

It named Lamar eight times, including seven nominations for Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By. Though nominated for album of the year, he was surprisingly shut out of best rap album, where his rival Pusha T earned a nomination.

"Congratulations to all the nominees but I must make special mention of Etana who has become the first woman in several years to be nominated for the Reggae Grammy".

A possible factor in the increase in female representation was the Recording Academy's decision to expand the shortlists from five to eight in the big-four categories: best album, song, record and new artist.

The Panther nomination gives Lamar another chance to win an album of the year award.

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

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Among those popping post-nom Champagne corks - not the good stuff; they haven't won anything yet - are country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, Americana artist Brandi Carlile and rapper Cardi B. All fared well in major categories, as did female artists in general. Giving "Rockstar" a "Record of the Year" nomination makes ideal sense; it's a flawless song.

The Recording Academy announced the nominations Friday morning.

Dallas' Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, received two nominations, for Best Alternative Music Album for "Masseduction" and for Best Rock Song (shared with Jack Antonoff) for the album's title track.

At least Kanye West and Taylor Swift won't be dueling at this year's Grammy Awards. Drake's frequent collaborator, producer Boi-1Da, earned six nods.

Artists who were completely snubbed include Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Migos, Kane Brown, Nicki Minaj, XXXTentacion and Juice WRLD, whose "Lucid Dreams" was one of the year's biggest hits. She will go up against fellow nominees Cardi B and Janelle Monae in the Album of the Year category.

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Gaga, who earned acting and music Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, picked up four Grammy nominations for "Shallow", while "Joanne" is up for best pop solo performance.

Colleyville-bred Demi Lovato received one nomination, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Fall in Line", a collaboration with Christina Aguilera.

No Canadians were nominated for best comedy album. The only problem is now that the nominations have been announced, people are coming after Drake saying he doesn't deserve it. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air live from LA's Staples Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

Kendrick Lamar has won 12 Grammy Awards during his career.

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