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2019 Grammy Nominations: Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Brandi Carlile Lead as Major Categories Expand

TheWrap logo TheWrap 12/7/2018 Reid Nakamura
a group of people standing on a stage: 2019 Grammy Nominations © TheWrap 2019 Grammy Nominations

The 2019 Grammy nominations were announced Friday morning, after a brief delay, with Kendrick Lamar leading the pack this year with eight nominations. Drake, Brandi Carlile and producer Boi-1da follow, all with seven nods apiece.

Drake, Carlile and Lamar were all recognized in the three biggest categories — Album, Song and Record of the Year — for their most recent albums, "Scorpion," "By the Way, I Forgive You" and the "Black Panther" soundtrack, respectively.

In addition to the four nominations for his work with frequent collaborator Drake, Boi-1da, a.k.a. Matthew Samuels, earned two additional nods in the rap categories for serving as a writer on Eminem and Jay Rock singles. He also received a nomination for Non-Classical Producer of the Year.

This year, the Recording Academy expanded the number of nominees in the major categories, allowing for eight nominees for Album of the Year, including the three mentioned above, as well as Cardi B's acclaimed debut "Invasion of Privacy," the self-titled album from R&B singer H.E.R., Post Malone's much-streamed "Beerbongs & Bentleys," Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer" and "Golden Hour" by Kacey Musgraves.

In the best new artist category, H.E.R. will compete against Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

"Reflection, reevaluation, and implementation have been the driving forces at the Recording Academy over the past year," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "From convening our Task Force On Diversity & Inclusion and launching our new community-driven membership model, to increasing the number of nominees in the General Field, and to playing a leadership role in the successful passage of the landmark Music Modernization Act, the Recording Academy has reaffirmed its commitment to music creators across all facets of our industry. And, it's our awards process that has taken a front seat during this evolutionary period to ensure the GRAMMY Awards reflect the ever-changing needs of the creative community. We are proud of this year's nominations results and congratulate all of the talented and deserving nominees."

"Every year the Recording Academy voting membership has the biggest responsibility within our entire GRAMMY Awards process due to the fact they vote to determine who among their peers are the nominees," said Bill Freimuth, Chief Awards Officer of the Recording Academy. "Once again, their votes have produced an impressive list of nominees across multiple genres, promising music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique GRAMMY moments."

The Grammys will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

See a partial list of the nominees below and the full list here.

Record Of The Year:

J Balvin, from left, Cardi B and Bad Bunny perform "I Like It" at the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. © Matt Sayles/Invision/AP J Balvin, from left, Cardi B and Bad Bunny perform "I Like It" at the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

"I Like It" — Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

"The Joke" — Brandi Carlile

"This Is America" — Childish Gambino

"God's Plan" — Drake

"Shallow" — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

"All The Stars" — Kendrick Lamar & SZA

"Rockstar" — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

"The Middle" — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Album Of The Year:

Cardi B performs at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Mass. on April 25, 2018. UMass Amherst students won a Tinder swipe-off competition and received a free Cardi B concert on campus. © Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Cardi B performs at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Mass. on April 25, 2018. UMass Amherst students won a Tinder swipe-off competition and received a free Cardi B concert on campus. Invasion Of Privacy — Cardi B

By The Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile

Scorpion — Drake

H.E.R. — H.E.R.

Beerbongs & Bentleys — Post Malone

Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe

Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves

Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By (Various Artists)

Song Of The Year:

Kendrick Lamar (L) and SZA (R) perform on the Coachella stage during week 1, day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2018 in Indio, California. © Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella Kendrick Lamar (L) and SZA (R) perform on the Coachella stage during week 1, day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2018 in Indio, California. "All The Stars" — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)

"Boo'd Up" — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

"God's Plan" — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

"In My Blood" — Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)

"The Joke" — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

"The Middle" — Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael

Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)

"Shallow" — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

"This Is America" — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best New Artist:

(L-R) Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle perform in concert at SOB's on May 31, 2018 in New York City. © Noam Galai/Getty Images (L-R) Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle perform in concert at SOB's on May 31, 2018 in New York City. Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet

H.E.R.

Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

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

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Camila Cabello performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in New York. © Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Camila Cabello performs on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in New York. Camila — Camila Cabello

Meaning Of Life — Kelly Clarkson

Sweetener — Ariana Grande

Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes

Beautiful Trauma — P!nk

Reputation — Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording:

"Northern Soul" — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford

"Ultimatum" — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)

"Losing It" — Fisher

"Electricity" — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson

"Ghost Voices" — Virtual Self

Best Rock Song:

Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet performs during Spotlight: Greta Van Fleet at The GRAMMY Museum on September 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. © Timothy Norris/Getty Images Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet performs during Spotlight: Greta Van Fleet at The GRAMMY Museum on September 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. "Black Smoke Rising" — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel

Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)

"Jumpsuit" — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)

"MANTRA" — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me

The Horizon)

"Masseduction" — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)

"Rats" — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Everything Is Love — The Carters

The Kids Are Alright — Chloe x Halle

Chris Dave And The Drumhedz — Chris Dave And The Drumhedz

War & Leisure — Miguel

Ventriloquism — Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Rap Album:

Invasion Of Privacy — Cardi B

Mac Miller performs at the Fox Theater on November 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images © Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images Mac Miller performs at the Fox Theater on November 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images Swimming — Mac Miller

Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle

Daytona — Pusha T

Astroworld — Travis Scott

Best Country Album:

Kelsea Ballerini performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" summer concert series at Rumsey Playfield/SummerStage on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in New York. © Andy Kropa/Invision/AP Kelsea Ballerini performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" summer concert series at Rumsey Playfield/SummerStage on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in New York. Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini

Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne

Girl Going Nowhere — Ashley McBryde

Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves

From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

My Mood Is You — Freddy Cole

The Questions — Kurt Elling

The Subject Tonight Is Love — Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace

If You Really Want — Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza

The Window — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Gospel Album:

One Nation Under God — Jekalyn Carr

Hiding Place — Tori Kelly

Make Room — Jonathan McReynolds

The Other Side — The Walls Group

A Great Work — Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Latin Pop Album:

Pablo Alboran performs in concert at Coliseum on June 22, 2018 in A Coruna, Spain. © fotopress/Redferns Pablo Alboran performs in concert at Coliseum on June 22, 2018 in A Coruna, Spain. Prometo — Pablo Alboran

Sincera — Claudia Brant

Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 — Natalia Lafourcade

2:00 AM — Raquel Sofía

Vives — Carlos Vives

Best Americana Album:

Brandi Carlile performs in concert on her "The Story Tour: An Acoustic Evening with Brandi Carlile" at the Ryman Auditorium on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. © Laura Roberts/Invision/AP Brandi Carlile performs in concert on her "The Story Tour: An Acoustic Evening with Brandi Carlile" at the Ryman Auditorium on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. By The Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile

Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette

The Tree Of Forgiveness — John Prine

The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone — Lee Ann Womack

One Drop Of Truth — The Wood Brothers

Best Comedy Album:

Annihilation — Patton Oswalt

Equanimity & The Bird Revelation — Dave Chappelle

Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan

Standup For Drummers — Fred Armisen

Tamborine — Chris Rock

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

"All The Stars" — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears &

Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA), Track from: Black Panther

"Mystery Of Love" — Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens), Track from: Call Me By Your Name

"Remember Me" — Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia

Lafourcade), Track from: Coco

"Shallow" — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga &

Bradley Cooper), Track from: A Star Is Born

"This Is Me" — Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble),

Track from: The Greatest Showman

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

Boi-1da

Larry Klein

Linda Perry

Kanye West

Pharrell Williams

2019 Grammy nominees (via Photo Services)

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