WHO’S GOING FOR THE GOLD?: Cardi B, Drake, Lady Gaga Lead the 2019 Grammy Award Nominations
07.12.18

Music’s biggest night is almost here, so nominations for the 61st annual Grammy Awards are officially upon us.

The Recording Academy revealed nominations in major categories, including record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist, on “CBS This Morning” Friday with the help of Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara and Apple Music’s Zane Lowe.

The announcement, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed to accommodate memorial services for late President George H.W. Bush.

With so many big names up for gramophone trophies, including Drake, Janelle Monáe, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé, the academy has expanded the number of nominees in the most competitive categories from five to eight.

And before you ask why your favorite artist or that song you can’t stop playing wasn’t nominated, remember: To be eligible for awards consideration, recordings must have been released between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018, which, yes, excludes the song of the moment, “thank u, next.”

The 61st Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 10 on CBS. Peep most of the nominations below. Click here for the full list. What do you guys think? Anyone missing?

Album of the Year

H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
Drake – Scorpion
Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Record of the Year

Cardi B – I Like It
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Post Malone & 21 Savage – Rockstar
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Drake – God’s Plan
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Brandy Carlile – The Joke
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best Rap Performance

Cardi B – Be Careful
Drake – Nice for What
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead
Anderson .Paak – Bubblin
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Christina Aguilera ft. Goldlink – Like I Do
6LACK ft. J. Cole – Pretty Little Fears
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar

Best Rap Song

Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead
Eminem – Lucky You
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode
Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar – Win

Best Rap Album

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Mac Miller- Swimming
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Pusha-T – Daytona
Travis Scott – Astroworld

Best R&B Performance

Toni Braxton – Long As I Live
The Carters – Summer
Lalah Hathaway – Y O Y
H.E.R. – Best Part [ft. Daniel Caesar]
PJ Morton – First Began

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Leon Bridges – Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand
Betty LaVette – Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight
MAJOR. – Honest
PJ Morton – How Deep Is Your Love [ft. Yebba]
Charlie Wilson – Made for Love [ft. Lalah Hathaway]

Best R&B Song

Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Miguel – Come Through and Chill [ft. J. Cole and Salaam Remi]
Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer
H.E.R. – Focus
Toni Braxton – Long As I Live

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Carters – Everything Is Love
Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Miguel – War & Leisure
Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism

Best R&B Album

Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
Lalah Hathaway – Honestly
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
PJ Morton – Gumbo Unplugged (Live)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Boi-1da
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
The Carters – Apes***
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Joyner Lucas – I’m Not Racist
Janelle Monáe – PYNK
Tierra Whack – MUMBO JUMBO



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