Rap star Kendrick Lamar, women nominees lead Grammy race

07 December, 2018, 22:02 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Women performers also made their mark in the top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago, with rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile all nabbing key nominations for music's top awards.

On the flip side of that equation is best new artist nominee Margo Price, who has been releasing independent music since 2010.

Kendrick Lamar's eight nominations are in the categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead"), plus two for Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" and Jay Rock collab "WIN"), plus Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media ("All the Stars" with SZA from Black Panther). Lamar's "All the Stars" is up for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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).

Canadian rapper Drake meanwhile got love from the academy across the top categories for his album "Scorpion" and hit "God's Plan". Also rounding out the list of the most nominated were Brandi Carlile and Maren Morris with six each, and five each for Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, and H.E.R.

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Singer H.E.R. also received five nods for her self-titled 2017 album, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.

One year on from outgoing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow telling women to "step up" women are far better represented women in this year's nominations.

Pianists Fred Hersch and Brad Mehldau, saxophonists Tia Fuller and Miguel Zenón, and vocalists Gregory Porter and Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the nominees for the 61st Grammy Awards. While she's having a more hard week than Lamar after announcing her separation from husband Offset, hopefully the Grammy news will continue to lift her spirits.

After leading nominations previous year, however, Jay-Z and his pop queen wife Beyonce were left out of the top categories despite acclaim for their joint project "Everything is Love".

Barbra Streisand's THE MUSIC.THE MEM'RIES.THE MAGIC! is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

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