Lamar leads with 8 Grammy nom­i­na­tions

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Mes­fin Fekadu is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

clas­si­cal com­po­si­tion was Jake Heg­gie’s opera “Great Scott.”

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

The “Pan­ther” nom­i­na­tion would give Lamar a chance to win al­bum of the year after los­ing three times. His most re­cent loss was in Fe­bru­ary when his crit­i­cally ac­claimed “DAMN” fell short to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.” Lamar’s project would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for mu­sic two months later, mak­ing him the first non-clas­si­cal or jazz artist to win the pres­ti­gious honor.

Lamar’s Top 10 hit, the SZAas­sisted “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.

Drake’s fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor, pro­ducer Boi-1da, earned six nods, as did Carlile, who also scored nom­i­na­tions in the Amer­i­can Roots cat­e­gory.

Cardi B, Gaga, H.E.R., Mor­ris, Gam­bino, pro­ducer Soun­wave and en­gi­neer Mike Bozzi scored five nom­i­na­tions each.

Of the eight best new artist nom­i­nees, six are women: 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.

Record­ing Academy CEO Neil Port­now was crit­i­cized 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 task force fo­cused on in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity; Port­now also an­nounced he would be leav­ing the academy in 2019.

An­other mile­stone for women is in the non-clas­si­cal pro­ducer of the year cat­e­gory, where song­writer Linda Perry earned a nom­i­na­tion. She’s just the sev­enth woman ever nom­i­nated for the prize and first since 2004.

“Linda rep­re­sents what we hope be­comes the norm, which is the elim­i­na­tion of gen­der bias in pro­duc­ing and en­gi­neer­ing in our in­dus­try,” Port­now said.

Perry will com­pete with Phar­rell Wil­liams, Boi-1da, Larry Klein and Kanye West, the only nom­i­na­tion he earned.

Tay­lor Swift, a two-time al­bum of the year win­ner, earned one nom­i­na­tion — her “Rep­u­ta­tion” al­bum is up for best pop vo­cal al­bum. Justin Tim­ber­lake, whose “Man of the Woods” al­bum flopped this year, picked up a nod for “Say Some­thing,” his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Chris Sta­ple­ton.

Gaga, who earned act­ing and mu­sic Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions Thurs­day, picked up four Grammy nom­i­na­tions for “Shal­low,” while “Joanne” is up for best pop solo per­for­mance. The sound­track for “A Star Is Born” was re­leased after Grammy el­i­gi­bil­ity, though “Shal­low” was re­leased in time and also earned Cooper two nom­i­na­tions.

Other fa­mous faces out­side of mu­sic to earn nom­i­na­tions in­clude Tif­fany Had­dish and for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter, both up for best spo­ken word al­bum. Dave Chap­pelle, Chris Rock, Fred Ar­misen, Jim Gaf­fi­gan and Patton Oswalt are up for best com­edy al­bum.

The 2019 Gram­mys will hand out awards in its 84 cat­e­gories live from the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les on Feb. 10 .

Andy Kuno / Spe­cial to The Chron­i­cle 2005

San Fran­cisco Opera pre­mieres “Doc­tor Atomic,” an opera by Berke­ley’s John Adams, in 2005. A new BBC Sym­phony Orches­tra record­ing of the work is nom­i­nated for best opera record­ing.

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