Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations

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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, organizers said Friday. Instead, country singer Kacey Musgraves beat him to the punch with a nomination for album of the year.

Who's Presenting?: Last year's Best New Artist victor, Alessia Cara, will join Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and Apple Music host Zane Lowe to announce the nominees in select categories. While the duo did secure three nominations including, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance, and Best Music Video for "APESHIT", folks are big mad that they were not nominated in some of the major categories, specifically Album Of The Year.

Though Jay-Z was the most nominated artist at last year's Grammy Awards, with eight nods, he did not pick up a single trophy, prompting the rapper to perform the lyric "Tell the Grammys f**k that 0 for 8 s**t" on his track "APES**T". Mac Miller's Swimming and Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD are both nominated for Best Rap Album alongside Cardi's album. Another notable omission from the top categories was singer Ariana Grande, whose "Sweetener" album is shaping up as one of the year's biggest commercial successes. The nomination kept rock artists from being completely shut out in the major categories.

Six of the eight 2019 nominees for Best New Artist are women.

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The rest of the best new artist nominees included Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, H.E.R, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

"Shallow" from A STAR IS BORN has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Song Written for Visual Media. Kanye West and Taylor Swift received just one nomination each in the Best Producer and Best Pop Vocal Album categories, respectively. Their direct competitors are Gregory Porter, for Nat "King" Cole & Me, as well as Seal, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, for albums largely featuring songbook standards. It's doubtful that Cardi B is complaining, though, considering she is nominated for five awards, including record of the year and album of the year.

Buddy Guy was nominated for best traditional blues album for "The Blues Is Alive and Well".

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