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Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammys Nominations

See the full list here. 

The 61st Grammys nominations are here, and hip-hop is dominating the list. The nominees were announced on Friday (Dec. 7) during a live stream on CBS with Janelle Monae, Alessia Cara, Apple Music's Zane Lowe, and Shawn Mendes.

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Cardi are leading the pack with the most nominations. Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy, Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys, H.E.R.'s  self-titled album, and Black Panther: The Album were nominated for the top category of Album of the Year.

Additionally, Record of the Year is welcoming some familiar faces, including Cardi B, ("I Like It"), Childish Gambino ("This Is America"), Drake ("God's Plan"),  Kendrick Lamar and SZA ("All the Stars"), and Post Malone and 21 Savage ("Rockstar")

As you'll see, the nominations pool for each category is much bigger than previous years. Due to a new policy, the each category has eight nominees instead of the original five.

The 61 Grammy Awards air Feb. 10, 2019 on CBS, broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

See the full list below...

Album of the Year
H.E.R. - H.E.R.
Brandie Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
Drake - Scorpion
Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Record of the Year
Cardi B - "I Like It"
Brandi Carlile - "The Joke"
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - "Shallow"
Drake - "God's Plan"
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - "All the Stars"
Post Malone & 21 Savage - "Rockstar"
Zedd & Maren Morris - "The Middle"

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - "All the Stars"
Ella Mai - "Boo'd Up"
Drake - "God's Plan"
Shawn Mendes - "In My Blood"
Brandy Carlile - "The Joke"
Zedd & Maren Morris - "The Middle"
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - "Shallow"
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"

Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

Beck - "Colors"
Camila Cabello - "Havana (Live)"
Ariana Grande - "God Is a Woman"
Lady Gaga - "Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)"
Post Malone - "Better Now"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato - "Fall In Line"
Backstreet Boys - "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart"
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - "Shallow"
Maroon 5 and Cardi B - "Girls Like You"
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton - "Say Something"
Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey - "The Middle"

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila Cabello - Camila
Kelly Clarkson - Meaning of Life
Ariana Grande - Sweetener
Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes
Pink - Beautiful Trauma
Taylor Swift - Reputation

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall - Love Is Here to Stay
Willie Nelson - My Way
Gregory Porter - Nat "King" Cole & Me
Seal - Standards (Deluxe)
Barbra Streisand - The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!

Best Rap Performance

Cardi B - "Be Careful"
Drake - "Nice for What"
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake - "King’s Dead"
Anderson .Paak - "Bubblin"
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee - "Sicko Mode"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Christina Aguilera ft. Goldlink - "Like I Do"
6LACK ft. J. Cole - "Pretty Little Fears"
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - "All the Stars"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage - "Rockstar"

Best Rap Song

Drake - "God’s Plan"
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake - "King’s Dead"
Eminem - "Lucky You"
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee - "Sicko Mode"
Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Win"

Best Rap Album

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
Mac Miller- Swimming
Nipsey Hussle - Victory Lap
Pusha-T - Daytona
Travis Scott - Astroworld

Best R&B Song
Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
Miguel, “Come Through and Chill” [ft. J. Cole and Salaam Remi]
Childish Gambino, “Feels Like Summer”
H.E.R., “Focus”
Toni Braxton, “Long As I Live”

Best R&B Album

Toni Braxton - Sex & Cigarettes
Leon Bridges - Good Thing
Lalah Hathaway - Honestly
H.E.R. - H.E.R.
PJ Morton - Gumbo Unplugged

Best R&B Performance

Toni Braxton, “Long As I Live”
The Carters, “Summer”
Lalah Hathaway, “Y O Y”
H.E.R., “Best Part [ft. Daniel Caesar]”
PJ Morton, “First Began”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Leon Bridges, “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand”
Betty LaVette, “Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight”
MAJOR., “Honest”
PJ Morton, “How Deep Is Your Love [ft. Yebba]”
Charlie Wilson, “Made for Love [ft. Lalah Hathaway]”

Best Music Video

The Carters - Apes*** Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Joyner Lucas - "I’m Not Racist"
Janelle Monáe - "PYNk"
Tierra Whack - "MUMBO JUMBO"

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Carters, Everything Is Love
Chloe x Halle, The Kids Are Alright
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Miguel, War & Leisure
Meshell Ndegeocello, Ventriloquism

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical 

Boi-1da
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell

Best Comedy Album

Patton Oswalt - Annihilation
Dave Chappelle - Equanimity & the Bird Revelation
Jim Gaffigan - Noble Ape
Fred Armisen - Standup for Drummers
Chris Rock - Tamborine

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Call Me by Your Name
Deadpool 2
The Greatest Showman
Lady Bird
Stranger Things

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Ludwig Göransson - Black Panther
Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer - Blade Runner 2049
Michael Giacchino - Coco
Alexandre Desplat - The Shape of Water
John Williams - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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