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.

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