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Kendrick Lamar went into the 2019 Grammys with the most nominations of any artist with eight, but after the awards were handed out Sunday night, Lamar himself only received one, a tie for best rap performance for “King’s Dead,” which appeared on the Black Panther soundtrack album that he curated.
The Marvel film and its songs and score were represented with multiple Grammy nominations but its only other win was for the work of composer Ludwig Goransson. Black Panther‘s Oscar-nominated song, “All the Stars,” also lost all four of the awards for which it was nominated, resulting in a shutout for Lamar’s fellow performer SZA.
Meanwhile, Maren Morris scored five Grammy nominations two months ago but won none of the awards for which she was nominated, with her hit with Zedd and Grey, “The Middle,” also losing all three of the awards for which it was nominated.
Other multiple nominees who went home empty-handed include Post Malone, who was nominated for four awards; Camila Cabello, who was up for two awards and kicked off the televised awards show with a colorful performance of her hit “Havana,” with multiple special guests; and Taylor Swift, who lost the sole award for which she was nominated.
In terms of specific categories, Brandi Carlile won three of the six awards for which she was nominated and a number of prognosticators thought album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves would indeed take home that prize, but Carlile was also favored to win album of the year by a number of experts. A number of experts also thought Mac Miller might get a posthumous Grammy for best rap album but that award went to Cardi B.
While Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” was tipped by some experts to win record of the year, many of those same prognosticators expected “Shallow” to win song of the year instead of “This Is America” taking both prizes.
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