Cardi B is nominated five times at the 2019 Grammys

Irene MckinneyDec 08, 2018

With the success of her breakout single, "Bodak Yellow", which earned two GRAMMY nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 60th GRAMMY Awards previous year, Cardi B set the stage for one of the most anticipated debut rap albums in recent memory.

But last year's Grammy snub of bilingual mega-hit "Despacito" in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories has critics skeptical that a non-English track, no matter how popular, can score a major award. Lamar received eight nominations, while Drake received seven.

Rapper Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys and the soundtrack to hit movie Black Panther, which was produced by Lamar, round out the album of the year field.

His song "All the Stars" is also in the running for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Drake is trailing just behind, with seven nominations. Fellow Black Panther song "King's Dead" was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Rap Song.

Noah Shebib, another one of Drake's collaborators, is recognized with four nominations for songs from the Scorpion album.

Six of the eight best new artist nominees on Friday were women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, British pop star Dua Lipa, and Bebe Rexha. Rock band Greta Van Fleet and country singer Luke Combs also earned nominations.

Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow was criticized earlier this year when he blamed women for their lack of representation at the Grammys.

It forced the academy to launch a new taskforce focused on inclusion and diversity; Portnow also announced he would be leaving the academy in 2019. "So, in many ways we're just a reflection of that", Portnow said. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer. The other two nominations went to Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey for The Middle and The Joke from Brandi Carlile.

At least Kanye West and Taylor Swift won't be dueling at this year's Grammy Awards. Her latest album was only nominated for one award, best pop vocal album.

Brandon, Man. -raised violinist James Ehnes is nominated for classical instrumental solo for his concerto Kernis, while Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian also received a nod for classical compendium.

Other big name nominees include The Carters, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Travis Scott. Hip-hop artists also thrived. The only problem is now that the nominations have been announced, people are coming after Drake saying he doesn't deserve it.

Miller's album was nominated for Best Rap Album.

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