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Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Cardi B lead the 2019 Grammy nominations

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It’s Grammys season, that time of year when you discover how much more music exists in the world than you ever thought possible. Dominating the proceedings this year is Kendrick Lamar, who scored eight nominations with the help of his star-studded soundtrack to Black Panther. Nipping at his heels is Drake, whose Scorpion helped ushered him to seven nominations. Both of which are bedfellows in the Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Album Of The Year categories.


Also making strong showings are Americana mainstay Brandi Carlile, producer Boi-1da, H.E.R., and Maren Morris, as well as both Cardi B and Post Malone, who made headlines earlier when it was revealed they weren’t eligible for Best New Artist nods. They did okay, anyways.

Heading up the Best New Artist category are artists Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith, Margo Price, and Greta Van Fleet, the latter of whom also made quite the splash in the rock categories (to the ire of Led Zeppelin fans everywhere).

The Awards were announced on CBS This Morning by 2018 best new artist winner Alessia Cara, Zane Lowe, Janelle Monae, and Shawn Mendes. The ceremony itself will air on February 10th on CBS.

See a partial list of the nominees below. A full list can be found on the Grammys website.

Record Of The Year
“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino
“God’s Plan,” Drake
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
“Rockstar,” Post Malone and 21 Savage
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

Album Of The Year
Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B
By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile
Scorpion, Drake
H.E.R., H.E.R.
Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone
Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Black Panther: The Album, Kendrick Lamar


Song Of The Year

“All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Anthony Tiffith, and Solana Rowe (Kendrick Lamar and SZA)
“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane (Ella Mai)
“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron Latour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib (Drake)
“In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton (Shawn Mendes)
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth (Brandi Carlile)
“The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski (Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey)
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)
“This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson (Childish Gambino)


Best New Artist
Chloe X Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best R&B Album
Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton
Good Thing, Leon Bridges
Honestly, Lalah Hathaway
H.E.R., H.E.R.
Gumbo Uplugged (Live), PJ Mortion


Best R&B Performance
“Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton
“Summer,” The Carters
“Y O Y,” Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part,” H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar
“First Began,” PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand,” Leon Bridges
“Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” Bettye LaVette
“Honest, MAJOR.
“How Deep Is Your Love,” PJ Morton and Yebba
“Made For Love,” Charlie Wilson and Lalah Hathaway


Best R&B Song
“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane (Ella Mai)
“Come Through And Chill, Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel, and Salaam Remi (Miguel with J. Cole andSalaam Remi)
“Feels Like Summer,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)
“Focus,” Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R., and Justin Love (H.E.R.)
“Long As I Live,” Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton, and Antonio Dixon (Toni Braxton)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Everything Is Love, The Carters
The Kids Are Alright, Chloe x Halle
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz, Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
War & Leisure, Miguel
Ventriloquism, Meshell Ndegeocello


Best Pop Solo Performance
“Colors,” Beck
“Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello
“God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga
“Better Now,” Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance 
“Fall In Line,” Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 and Cardi B
“Say Something,” Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey


Best Pop Vocal Album
Camila, Camila Cabello
Meaning Of Life, Kelly Clarkson
Sweetener, Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
Beautiful Trauma, Pink
Reputation, Taylor Swift

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Love Is Here To Stay, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
My Way, Willie Nelson
Nat “King” Cole & Me, Gregory Porter
Standards, Seal
The Music... The Mem’ries... The Magic!, Barbra Streisand


Best Rap Performance
“Be Careful,” Cardi B
“Nice For What,” Drake
“King’s Dead,” Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake
“Bubblin,” Anderson .Paak
“Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Like I Do,” Christina Aguilera and Goldlink
“Pretty Little Fears,” 6LACK and J. Cole
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino
“All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar andSZA
“Rockstar,” Post Malone and 21 Savage


Best Rap Song
“God’s Plan,” Drake
“King’s Dead,” Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake
“Lucky You,” Eminem
“Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee
“Win,” Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album
Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B
Swimming, Mac Miller
Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle
Daytona, Pusha-T
Astroworld, Travis Scott


Best Rock Performance
“Four Out Of Five,” Arctic Monkeys
“When Bad Does Good,” Chris Cornell
“Made An America,” THE FEVER 333
“Highway Tune,” Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable,” Halestorm

Best Metal Performance
Condemned To The Gallows, Between the Buried and Me
Honeycomb, Deafheaven
Electric Messiah, High On Fire
Betrayer, Trivium
On My Teeth, Underoath


Best Rock Song
“Black Smoke Rising,” Greta Van Fleet
“Jumpsuit,” Twenty One Pilots
“MANTRA,” Bring Me The Horizon
“Masseduction,” St. Vincent
“Rats,” Ghost

Best Rock Album
Rainier Fog, Alice In Chains
M A N I A, Fall Out Boy
Prequelle, Ghost
From The Fires, Greta Van Fleet
Pacific Daydream, Weezer


Best Alternative Music Album
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, Arctic Monkeys
Colors, Beck
Utopia, Bjork
American Utopia, David Byrne
Masseduction, St. Vincent

Best Dance Recording
“Northern Soul,” Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
“Ultimatum,” Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara”
“Losing It,” Fisher
“Electricity,” Silk City and Dua Lipa with Diplo andMark Ronson
“Ghost Voices,” Virtual Self


Best Dance/Electronic Album
Singularity, Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide, Justice
Treehouse, Sofi Tukker
Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, SOPHIE
Lune Rouge, TOKiMONSTA

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
The Emancipation Procrastination, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Steve Gadd Band, Steve Gadd Band
Modern Lore, Julian Lage
Laid Black, Marcus Miller
Protocol 4, Simon Phillips


Best Americana Album
By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile
Things Have Changed, Bettye LaVette
The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine
The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, Lee Ann Womack
One Drop of Truth, The Wood Brothers

Best American Roots Performance
“Kick Rocks,” Sean Ardoin
“Saint James Infirmary Blues,” Jon Batiste
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile
“All on My Mind,” Anderson East
“Last Man Standing,” Willie Nelson


Best Bluegrass Album
Portraits in Fiddles, Mike Barnett
Sister Sadie II, Sister Sadie
Rivers and Roads, Special Consensus
The Travelin’ McCourys, The Travelin’ McCourys
North of Despair, Wood & Wire

Best Country Album
Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Volume 2, Chris Stapleton


Best Country Solo Performance
“Wouldn’t It Be Great,” Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” Maren Morris
“Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves
“Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line,” Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Shoot Me Straight,” Brothers Osborne
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Little Big Town
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line


Best Country Song
“Break Up in the End,” Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite (Cole Swindell)
“Dear Hate,” Tom Douglas, David Hodges and Maren Morris) Maren Morris and Vince Gill
“I Lived It,” Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Ben Hayslip (Blake Shelton)
“Space Cowboy,” Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves (Kacey Musgraves)
“Tequila,” Nicolle Gaylon, Jordan Reynolds and Dan Smyers (Dan + Shay)
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill and Lori McKenna (Little Big Town)

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.