Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations

Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations

For song of the year, the nominees included Carlile, plus the songwriters for Lamar and SZA's "All Stars"; Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up"; Drake's "God's Plan"; Shawn Mendes' "In My Blood"; Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's "The Middle"; Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow"; and Childish Gambino's "This is America".

On the flip side of that equation is best new artist nominee Margo Price, who has been releasing independent music since 2010.

After last year's show sparked a major backlash, the Recording Academy created a diversity task force responding to criticism that the show was consistently too male and too white, and ultimately expanded four of the top categories from five nominees to eight. Most notably, Scorpion was nominated for Album Of The Year, while "God's Plan" was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. But as fans wait for the star-studded ceremony, the Recording Academy will be announcing this year's nominees on Friday - and ET Live will have all the coverage you need!

In the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album category, THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT, MY FAIR LADY, and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND have been nominated! 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.

Rap as a genre has dominated the nominations, with five of the top six most-nominated artists being rappers.

Carlile - a folk-rock singer known for her bluesy, dynamic voice - earned six nominations, including three across the major categories.

Beyonce is the most nominated female artist in Grammy history with a total of 66 nods and 22 wins.

Her saucy summer hit "I Like It" - which features Puerto Rican Latin trap artist Bad Bunny and Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin - is among those up for Record of the Year.

Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards.

After leading nominations previous year, however, Jay-Z and his pop queen wife Beyonce were left out of the top categories despite acclaim for their joint project "Everything is Love". Fellow Black Panther song "King's Dead" was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Rap Song.

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, both multiple Grammy winners, received a nomination for Love is Here to Stay, in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

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