Lamar leads Grammy nom­i­na­tions

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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.

The up­com­ing Gram­mys is the first where the academy ex­tended its top four cat­e­gories from five nom­i­nees to eight.

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.

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