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Kendrick Lamar leads the Grammy nominations for the 61st annual show, which were unveiled Friday morning.
He earned a total of eight noms, including for album of the year for the Black Panther soundtrack. That album's song "All the Stars," written by Lamar and SZA, is also up for record of the year, song of the year, best rap/sung performance and best song written for visual media. Lamar also is nominated for "King's Dead," for best rap performance and best rap song, alongside Jay Rock, Future and James Blake. He earned a second nom for best rap song for co-writing "Win," as K. Duckworth (his real last name).
While the Star Is Born soundtrack as a whole wasn't eligible for any Grammy nominations, the song "Shallow," by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper was, earning a total of four mentions, including for record of the year, song of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best song written for visual media. Gaga received an additional nom, for best pop solo performance, for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)."
Other top Grammy nominees include Drake, with a total of seven; Boi-1Da and Brandi Carlile with six apiece; and Mike Bozzi, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Maren Morris and Sounwave with five each. Four of the mentions for Gambino (aka Donald Glover), came for his lauded hit "This Is America," including for song and record of the year.
The best new artist nominees include Chloe x Hale, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.
Taylor Swift, whose album Reputation polarized critics and fans, earned just a single Grammy nomination, for best pop vocal album.
Following a year in which the Recording Academy was criticized for not nominating more women in its top category (Lorde was the only one nominated last year and wasn't invited to perform), this year's album of the year category is more evenly split. Lamar will compete alongside Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy), Carlile (By the Way, I Forgive You), Drake (Scorpion), H.E.R. (H.E.R.), Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys), Janelle Monae (Dirty Computer) and Kacey Musgraves (Golden Hour).
The four main categories — album, record and song of the year and best new artist — also were expanded from five nominees to eight in each category to promote more inclusivity.
"Reflection, re-evaluation and implementation have been the driving forces at the Recording Academy over the past year," said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, who was criticized in January for saying that women needed to "step up" to become part of the industry. "From convening our Task Force On Diversity & Inclusion and launching our new community-driven membership model, to increasing the number of nominees in the General Field, and to playing a leadership role in the successful passage of the landmark Music Modernization Act, the Recording Academy has reaffirmed its commitment to music creators across all facets of our industry. And, it’s our awards process that has taken a front seat during this evolutionary period to ensure the Grammy Awards reflect the ever-changing needs of the creative community. We are proud of this year's nominations results and congratulate all of the talented and deserving nominees."
This year’s Grammy nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions across 84 categories. The final round of Grammy voting runs Thursday through Jan 9. The Recording Academy will present the awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, live from Los Angeles' Staples Center and broadcast on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT.
The nominations announcement was originally supposed to take place Wednesday, but was pushed back two days due to coverage of George H.W. Bush's memorial.
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