Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B & Drake Lead the 2019 Grammy Nominations

Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy award nominations with 8 nods, Drake has 7

Yet Western Washington's humble Americana star found herself - deservedly so - nominated for a whopping six awards, trailing only King Kendrick (eight) and the "God's Plan" rapper (seven) who recently rocked the Tacoma Dome.

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.

Thanks to the hit "Black Panther" film Lamar - whose album "DAMN" won the Pulitzer Prize for music this year - once again has a chance to win the coveted Album of the Year prize after three prior losses.

Last year Jay-Z was nominated for eight awards including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year, yet did not take home any of the honors. Her debut LP Invasion of Privacy was nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album.

He didn't run away with the crown, though, as Drake was right behind him with seven nominations of his own.

"Album Of The Year", again we have five artists from the hip-hop community, six if you count Janelle Monáe as part of our community, out of the eight acts nominated.

Cardi B, coming off a phenomenal year, Lady Gaga, actor Donald Glover's music moniker Childish Gambino, and country-pop star Maren Morris each had five nominations overall.

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Another milestone for women is in the non-classical producer of the year category, where songwriting extraordinaire Linda Perry earned a nomination.

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

"This year clearly there were many women not only making music but making great music and making music that resonates with our peer voters in terms of excellence, and so that certainly is at the forefront". Boi-1da, born Matthew Samuels in Toronto, was nominated as producer for his body of work this year, which includes songs with Drake, Cardi B, G-Eazy, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. I mean who other than maybe Ariana Grande has had a bigger year than Travis Scott?

- Best jazz vocal album: "My Mood Is You", Freddy Cole; "The Questions", Kurt Elling; "The Subject Tonight Is Love", Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz and Gary Versace; "If You Really Want", Raul Midon With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza; "The Window", Cecile McLorin Salvant. The Carters earned two nods in the R&B category along with best music video, while Grande picked up two nods in pop.

For his smash self-titled LP, Shawn Mendes is in the running for best pop vocal album.

Lamar has won 12 Grammys throughout his career.

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