Gram­mys give love to Lamar, women

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - DATEBOOK - By Mes­fin Fekadu

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 four ma­jor cat­e­gories fol­low­ing a year where their pres­ence was barely felt.

The Record­ing Academy an­nounced Fri­day, Dec. 7, 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 Monáe, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone.

The clas­si­cal nom­i­na­tions in­cluded plenty of recog­ni­tion for Bay Area artists this year. Michael Til­son Thomas and the San Fran­cisco Sym­phony were nom­i­nated for best orches­tral record­ing for their set of the com­plete Schu­mann sym­phonies on the in-house SFS Me­dia la­bel. This marks their 23rd nom­i­na­tion.

The Kronos Quar­tet was nom­i­nated for “Land­fall,” a col­lab­o­ra­tion with per­former Lau­rie An­der­son, and three of the re­gion’s most prom­i­nent com­posers were nom­i­nated. Berke­ley com­poser John Adams’ “Doc­tor Atomic” got a nod for best opera, and “The John Adams Edi­tion,” a box set re­leased by Si­mon Rat­tle and the Ber­lin Phil­har­monic, was nom­i­nated for best clas­si­cal com­pen­dium. Ma­son Bates’ “The (R)evo­lu­tion of Steve Jobs” got two nom­i­na­tions, for best opera and best clas­si­cal com­po­si­tion. Also nom­i­nated for best

Richard Shotwell / In­vi­sion

H.E.R. got five nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing al­bum of the year.

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