Kendrick Lamar and Drake Lead Grammy 2019 Nominees — Here’s the List

Will the Recording Academy manage to avoid controversies at next year’s Grammy Awards?

Earlier this morning, the Recording Academy revealed its full list of Grammy 2019 nominees.

Kendrick Lamar led the nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, receiving eight nominations.  Drake came in second with seven, followed by Boi-1da and Brandie Carlile with six nominations.  Post Malone, Cardi B, and Kacey Musgraves also received top nods.

The nominations for Drake will quiet rumors of the rapper’s non-participation.  Earlier, Drake threw barbs at the Grammys and even declined to submit works for nomination.  But after a record-setting 2018, the rapper appears to be playing ball.

The bigger glare will surround the Academy’s inclusion of women artists — or lack thereof.  After 2018’s disastrous male-heavy winner’s list and controversial statements by Academy president Neil Portnow, the Academy has introduced radical changes to increase diversity and inclusion.  Let’s see if it works.

You can view the main categories list below.

Record Of The Year

‘I Like It’ – Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin

‘The Joke’ – Brandi Carlile

‘This Is America’ – Childish Gambino

‘God’s Plan’ – Drake

‘Shallow’ – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

‘All The Stars’ – Kendrick Lamar and SZA

‘Rockstar’ – Post Malone featuring 21 Savage

‘The Middle’ – Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

Album Of The Year

Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B

By The Way, I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile

Scorpion – Drake

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Beerbongs & Bentleys – Post Malone

Dirty Computer – Janelle Monáe

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By – Various Artists

Song Of The Year

‘All The Stars’ – Kendrick Lamar and SZA

‘Boo’d Up’ – Ella Mai

‘God’s Plan’ – Drake

“In My Blood’ – Shawn Mendes

‘The Joke’ – Brandi Carlile

‘The Middle’ – Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

‘Shallow’ – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

‘This Is America’ – Childish Gambino

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet


Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila – Camila Cabello

Meaning Of Life – Kelly Clarkson

Sweetener – Ariana Grande

Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Beautiful Trauma – P!nk

Reputation – Taylor Swift

Best Pop Solo Performance:

‘Colors’ – Beck

‘Havana (Live)’ – Camila Cabello

‘God Is A Woman’ – Ariana Grande

‘Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)’ – Lady Gaga

‘Better Now’ – Post Malone

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Singularity – Jon Hopkins

Woman Worldwide – Justice

Treehouse – Sofi Tukker

Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides – SOPHIE

Lune Rouge – TOKiMONSTA

Best Dance Recording

‘Northern Soul’ – Above & Beyond featuring Richard Bedford

‘Ultimatum’ – Disclosure featuring Fatoumata Diawara

‘Losing It’ – Fisher

‘Electricity’ – Silk City and Dua Lipa featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson

‘Ghost Voices’ – Virtual Self

Best Rock Album

Rainier Fog – Alice In Chains

M A N I A – Fall Out Boy

Prequelle – Ghost

From The Fires – Greta Van Fleet

Pacific Daydream – Weezer

Best Rock Song

‘Black Smoke Rising’ – Greta Van Fleet

‘Jumpsuit’ – Twenty One Pilots

‘Mantra’ – Bring Me The Horizon

‘Masseduction’ – St. Vincent

‘Rats’ – Ghost

Best Rap Album

Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B

Swimming — Mac Miller

Victory Lap – Nipsey Hussle

Daytona – Pusha T

Astroworld — Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

‘God’s Plan’ – Drake

‘King’s Dead’ – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake

‘Lucky You’ – Eminem featuring Joyner Lucas

‘Sicko Mode’ – Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee

‘Win’ – Jay Rock

Best Country Album

Unapologetically – Kelsea Ballerini

Port Saint Joe – Brothers Osborne

Girl Going Nowhere – Ashley McBryde

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton

Best Alternative Music Album

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino – Arctic Monkeys

Colors – Beck

Utopia – Björk

American Utopia – David Byrne

Masseduction – St. Vincent

Best R&B album

Sex & Cigarettes – Toni Braxton

Good Thing – Leon Bridges

Honestly – Lalah Hathaway

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Gumbo Unplugged (Live) – PJ Morton

The Grammys will take place on February 10th.

You can view the complete list here.


Featured image by Merlijn Hoek (CC by 2.0).