Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations

From left Janelle Monae Kacey Musgraves and H.E.R. were nominations for the coveted album of the year. AP file

From left Janelle Monae Kacey Musgraves and H.E.R. were nominations for the coveted album of the year. AP file

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for more Grammy awards than any other entertainer, with eight nods. Chris Stapleton - "Say Something" Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey - "The Middle" Best Pop Vocal AlbumCamila Cabello - CamilaKelly Clarkson - Meaning of LifeAriana Grande - SweetenerShawn Mendes - Shawn MendesPink - Beautiful TraumaTaylor Swift - ReputationBest Rap PerformanceCardi 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 CollaborationChristina Aguilera ft.

This year, the Carters are up for three Grammys, but none of the big four categories (record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist).

The move did appear to have a positive effect for female artists, with five of the Album of the Year nominees going to women: Cardi B, Carlile, R&B singer Janelle Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and country songstress Kacey Musgraves.

Those are the broad strokes that can be gleaned from the nominations announced Friday for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

The Black Panther soundtrack, which he was heavily involved in, was nominated for Album Of The Year, while the score was nominated for Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.

Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards.

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In the always confusing best new artist category - which isn't really about a "new" artist so much as one who may have been obscure for years before making a commercial impact - the nominees ranged from genuine newcomers to veteran road warriors who finally broke through.

His song "All the Stars" is also in the running for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The nomination kept rock artists from being completely shut out in the major categories. The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) earned nods for Best R&B Performance ("Summer") and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Everything Is Love).

The Carters ("Apesh*t"), Childish Gambino ("This Is America"), and Joyner Lucas ("I'm Not Racist") were nominated for Best Music Video.

In jazz, Miguel Zenon's "Yo Soy La Tradicion" ("I Am Tradition"), featuring Chicago's Spektral Quartet, received two nominations, for best Latin jazz album and best improvised jazz solo. West, who has never won a Grammy in a major category, was also nominated for just one Grammy, for best non-classical producer. It was the only nomination Timberlake received this year in relation to his album "Man of the Woods", which was released in February.

Miller's album was nominated for Best Rap Album.

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