Kendrick Lamar and Drake top the list of 2019 Grammy nominees

Kendrick Lamar and Drake top the list of 2019 Grammy nominees
Kendrick Lamar (Photo by A.R. Shaw)

Kendrick Lamar heads the list of nominees for the upcoming Grammy Awards.

The 31-year-old rap star, who is already a 12-time Grammy Award winner, has received eight nominations ahead of the annual bash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019.

Lamar — whose work on the Black Panther movie soundtrack has been rewarded with multiple nominations — is in contention for some of the most coveted gongs at the ceremony, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Following Lamar, fellow rap star Drake has the second-most number of nominations for the upcoming Grammys.

The Canadian star — whose latest studio album, Scorpion was released earlier this year — has earned seven nominations in total, while Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, Maren Morris, H.E.R. and producer Sounwave all notched five.

But Drake, Kendrick and folk singer Brandi Carlile are the only three artists in this year’s list to have received nominations in the prestigious categories for song, record and album of the year.

The other nominees for the sought-after Album of the Year crown include Cardi, H.E.R., Post Malone, Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monáe, meaning that five of the eight nominees in the category are female.

Elsewhere, Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are all in the running to win the Best New Artist award.

Meanwhile, Childish Gambino, who has previously spoken about retiring his rap moniker, is also up for the Record of the Year gong for his much-discussed track “This Is America.”

The video for the record, which spawned a wide range of theories and interpretations, is also in contention for the Best Music Video award.

Here is a select list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards:

Record of the Year:

“I Like It” – Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin

“The Joke” – Brandi Carlile

“This Is America” – Childish Gambino

“God’s Plan” – Drake

“Shallow” – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

“All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“Rockstar” – Post Malone featuring 21 Savage

“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Album of the Year:

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

Song of the Year:

“All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“Boo’d Up” –  Ella Mai

“God’s Plan” – Drake

“In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes

“The Joke” – Brandi Carlile

“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

“Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“This Is America” – Childish Gambino

Best New Artist:

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet


Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

Best Music Video:

“APES—” – The Carters

“This Is America” – Childish Gambino

“I’m Not Racist” – Joyner Lucas & Ben Proulx

“Pynk” – Janelle Monáe

“Mumbo Jumbo” – Tierra Whack Marco Prestini

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