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Rap star Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations with 8

Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy award nominations with 8 nods, Drake has 7 THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS
Adrian Cunningham | 07 December, 2018, 22:02

The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced on Friday morning.

Who's Presenting?: Last year's Best New Artist victor, Alessia Cara, will join Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and Apple Music host Zane Lowe to announce the nominees in select categories.

Hip-hop dominated across the board for a second year running - though last year, rap mogul Jay-Z racked up the most nominations but left empty-handed, and Lamar was shut out of the general categories. (Keep in mind that the eligibility period for submissions was October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018.) This year, Cardi B is holding it down in five categories while Kendrick Lamar reigns supreme with eight nominations followed by Drake with seven to his name.

But last year's Grammy snub of bilingual mega-hit "Despacito" in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories has critics skeptical that a non-English track, no matter how popular, can score a major award. 21 Savage - "Rockstar" Best Rap SongDrake - "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. Another notable omission from the top categories was singer Ariana Grande, whose "Sweetener" album is shaping up as one of the year's biggest commercial successes. Demi Lovato - "Fall In Line" Backstreet Boys - "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - "Shallow" Maroon 5 ft. Also rounding out the list of the most nominated were Brandi Carlile and Maren Morris with six each, and five each for Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, and H.E.R. West, who has never won a Grammy in a major category, was also nominated for just one Grammy, for best non-classical producer.

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Microsoft-owned LinkedIn , however, is at sixth place with a score of 4.5, read the information on the Glassdoor website. Google and Apple were the only other companies that have made the list each year since its inception.

Cardi's nods include Album of the Year, and Record of the Year for "I Like It Like That". If a best new artist nomination can be categorized as "long overdue", Price qualifies.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli was nominated for best contemporary classical composition for "Vespers for Violin".

Buddy Guy was nominated for best traditional blues album for "The Blues Is Alive and Well".