La­mar leads Grammy nods

Penticton Herald - - ARTS -

NEW YORK — The mu­sic of “Black Pan­ther,” with Ken­drick La­mar in its star­ring role, of­fi­cially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heav­ily rep­re­sented in the ma­jor four cat­e­gories fol­low­ing a year where their pres­ence was barely felt.

The Record­ing Academy an­nounced Fri­day that La­mar is the top con­tender with eight nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing seven for his mu­si­cal com­pan­ion to the Marvel Stu­dios jug­ger­naut star­ring Chad­wick Bose­man and Michael B. Jor­dan. “Black Pan­ther: The Al­bum, Mu­sic From and In­spired By” is up for al­bum of the year, a cat­e­gory where women make up five of the eight nom­i­nees. Cardi B, Kacey Mus­graves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone.

La­mar’s Top 10 hit, the SZA-as­sisted “All the Stars,” is nom­i­nated for both record and song of the year (a song­writer’s award). Five other songs scored nom­i­na­tions in both cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shal­low” from “A Star Is Born”; Child­ish Gam­bino’s “This Is Amer­ica”; Drake’s “God’s Plan”; Zedd, Maren Mor­ris and Grey’s “The Mid­dle”; and Carlile’s “The Joke.”

Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” and Shawn Men­des’ “In My Blood” earned song of the year nods, while Post Malone’s “Rock­star” and Cardi B’s “I Like It,” fea­tur­ing Bad Bunny and J Balvin, round out the nom­i­nees for record of the year.

Fol­low­ing La­mar, Drake — the year’s most suc­cess­ful artist — earned seven nom­i­na­tions. Though nom­i­nated for al­bum of the year, he was sur­pris­ingly shut out of best rap al­bum, where his ri­val Pusha T earned a nom­i­na­tion.

The nom­i­nees for the 2019 Gram­mys mark a de­par­ture from this year’s show, where women were un­der­rep­re­sented in the top four cat­e­gories. Of the eight best new artist nom­i­nees, six are women, in­clud­ing H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. Rock band Greta Van Fleet and coun­try singer Luke Combs also earned nom­i­na­tions.

The old favourites are mostly nom­i­nated in the best tra­di­tional pop vo­cal al­bum cat­e­gory: “Love Is Here to Stay,” Tony Ben­nett and Diana Krall; “My Way,” Wil­lie Nel­son; “Nat King Cole & Me,” Gre­gory Porter; “Stan­dards” Seal; and “The Mu­sic...The Mem'ries...The Magic!,” Bar­bra Streisand.

Nom­i­nated for best mu­si­cal film doc­u­men­tary are: “Life In 12 Bars,” Eric Clap­ton; “Whit­ney,” (Whit­ney Hous­ton); “Quincy,” Quincy Jones; “Itzhak,” Itzhak Perl­man; and “The King,” (Elvis Pres­ley).

Record­ing Academy CEO Neil Port­now was crit­i­cized ear­lier this year at the Gram­mys when he said women need to “step up” when asked about the lack of women in the top cat­e­gories, which he later ac­knowl­edged was a “poor choice of words.” It forced the academy to launch a new task force fo­cused on in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity; Port­now also an­nounced he would be leav­ing the academy in 2019.

Awards will be pre­sented Feb. 10.

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