Grammys: 'Black Panther' Scores First Album of the Year Soundtrack Nod Since 2000
Along with soundtracks and songs from movies, notable Hollywood figures were nominated for music's highest honor, including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Donald Glover, among others.
The nominations for the 2019 Grammys were unveiled on Friday morning, during which Black Panther became the third music soundtrack to earn an album of the year nod in the last 25 years. The LP features efforts from Kendrick Lamar, by whom the album was curated.
Only two music soundtracks have received nominations in the last 25 years, including 1995's Waiting to Exhale and 2000's O Brother, Where Are Thou? Black Panther — along with Lamar, who leads this year's nominations — made out with a total of five noms. In addition to album of the year, Black Panther's pop-rap anthem "All the Stars," performed by Lamar and SZA, is 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.
Black Panther stands alongside fellow album of the year nominees Janelle Monae (Dirty Computer), Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy), Brandi Carlile (By the Way, I Forgive You), Drake (Scorpion), H.E.R. (H.E.R.), Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys) and Kacey Musgraves (Golden Hour).
In the best score soundtrack for visual media, Black Panther is up against Blade Runner 2049, Coco, The Shape of Water and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
While the soundtrack for A Star Is Born was not in the running at the Grammys this year because it was released on Oct. 5, its lead track "Shallow" by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, was acknowledged by the Recording Academy. The chart-topping track is up for song of the year, record of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best song written for visual media. This marks Cooper's first time being nominated, while Gaga has been nominated 24 times in total. She has won six Grammys throughout her career.
In the best song written for visual media category, "Shallow" and "All the Stars" face off against "Mystery of Love" (Call Me By Your Name), "Remember Me" (Coco) and "This Is Me" (The Greatest Showman).
Other films and TV shows were honored in the best compilation soundtrack for visual media category, including Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Deadpool 2, The Greatest Showman and Stranger Things.
Aside from Lamar, Gaga and Cooper, other notable figures in Hollywood received noms. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, was nominated in five categories. While "Feels Like Summer" was nominated for best R&B song, his politically charged single "This Is America" received noms for record of the year, song of the year, best rap/sung performance and best music video.
Tiffany Haddish was nominated in the best spoken world album category for the audiobook reading of her 2017 memoir, The Last Black Unicorn. Dave Chappelle (Equanimity & the Bird Revelation), Patton Oswalt (Annihilation), Chris Rock (Tamborine), Fred Armisen (Standup For Drummers) and Jim Gaffigan (Noble Ape) are all up for best comedy album.
And a roster of popular Broadway shows were honored with noms for best musical theater album, including The Band's Visit, Carousel, My Fair Lady and Once on This Island. NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert was also included.
The 61st annual Grammy Awards airs on CBS on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.