Grammys 2019: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Brandi Carlile Lead Nominations

Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Brandi Carlile lead the nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards. The winners will be revealed when CBS broadcasts the Recording Academy’s annual ceremony live from Los Angeles on February 10th.

In total, rap dominated the nominations, launching five of the top six most-nominated artists. Lamar leads with eight, followed by Drake (7), Boi-1da (6), Carlile (6), Cardi B (5) and Childish Gambino (5).

Lamar’s “All the Stars” is up for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, among six others. For the former, he’ll compete against Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It,” Carlile’s “The Joke,” Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” Post Malone’s “Rockstar” and Zedd and Maren Morris’ “The Middle.” For the latter, which honors the songwriter versus the artist, Lamar will battle “Shallow,” “The Middle,” “The Joke,” “God’s Plan,” Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up,” Gambino’s “This Is America” and Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood.”

Drake’s Scorpion and Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive Yougot Album of the Year nods alongside Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, H.E.R.’s eponymous album, Post Malone’s Beerbongs and Bentleys, Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer, Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour and the Black Panther soundtrack. Other artists who received multiple nominations include Cardi B, Gambino, Lady Gaga, Morris, Post Malone and Musgraves. Taylor Swift’s Reputation snub may be the biggest surprise, with the commercial juggernaut only earning one nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.

There is one big change this year that could impact who wins what. For the first time, the Recording Academy has expanded its General Field (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist) to eight nominees each, meaning that the competition is fiercer. The period of eligibility this time ran from October 1st, 2017 to September 30th, 2018.

The reorganization makes it a lot harder for someone like Drake, the only artist nominated in all three major categories, to make a sweep. But at the same time, there are a lot more overlaps for artists this year versus last year. Where “Despacito” was the only tune nominated for both Record and Song of the Year, six of the eight nominations are the same. The anomalies are Cardi B’s “I Like It” and “Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” which are up for Record, and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” and Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood,” which could both win Song.

Scorpion, Beerbongs & Bentleys and Dirty Computer are up for Album of the Year but not nominated in the Rap or R&B categories. Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy is up for Best Rap Album, Brandi Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive You is a Best Americana Album contender, H.E.R. is in the R&B category and Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour could win Best Country. And funnily, the Black Panther soundtrack is a Best Album only contender, though Ludwig Göransson’s music for the film could win Best Score Soundtrack. Best New Artist nominees include Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

Other notable categories include Best Alternative Music Album, where former collaborators David Byrne and St. Vincent are up against each other (and Beck), Pop Solo Performance where “Joanne,” a Lady Gaga song from 2016 (but released as a piano version in 2018) is up against a live version of Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (and Beck) and Best Metal Performance where, for the first time, there are no genre warhorses in contention. Kanye West, who put out his Ye album this year, is nominated only in the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical category alongside Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da, Larry Klein and Linda Perry.

A full list of nominations is available on the Grammys website.

“Reflection, reevaluation, and implementation have been the driving forces at the Recording Academy over the past year,” Neil Portnow, the Recording Academy’s president and CEO said in a statement. “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.”

Recording Academy members will be voting through January 2019.

Record Of The Year:

“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:

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:

“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:

Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
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 — 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:

“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
Swimming — Mac Miller
Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
Daytona — Pusha T
Astroworld — Travis Scott

Best Country Album:

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 Americana Album:

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:

Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams