Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Cardi B Lead Nominations for 2019 Grammys

61st GRAMMY Awards

Canadian superstar Drake emerged as one of the leading artists at the Grammy Awards nominations on Friday, picking up seven nods, many of them in key categories.

Then in June, it announced an expansion from five to eight of the 2019 nominee fields for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

The album of the year race also includes Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy, Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer, Kacey Musgraves's Golden Hour, Brandi Carlile's By the Way, I Forgive You and Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys.

Mac Miller, who died in September, earned a nomination for best rap album with "Swimming".

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The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion to the Marvel Studios juggernaut starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan.

Thanks to the hit "Black Panther" film Lamar - whose album "DAMN" won the Pulitzer Prize for music this year - once again has a chance to win the coveted Album of the Year prize after three prior losses.

In the always confusing best new artist category - which isn't really about a "new" artist so much as one who may have been obscure for years before making a commercial impact - the nominees ranged from genuine newcomers to veteran road warriors who finally broke through.

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. Songwriter Geoffrey Warburton, who also hails from Pickering, shares the In My Blood song nomination with Mendes.

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But the nominations also resulted in snubs for some of the music industry's biggest stars, such as Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, among others. The Carters earned two nods in the R&B category along with best music video, while Grande picked up two nods in pop. And former Chicagoan Kurt Elling was nominated for best jazz vocal album for "The Questions".

Brandon, Man. -raised violinist James Ehnes is nominated for classical instrumental solo for his concerto Kernis, while Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian also received a nod for classical compendium. Daniel Caesar)"PJ Morton - "First Bega" Best R&B SongElla Mai - "Boo'd Up" Miguel - "Come Through and Chill (ft".

Jim (Kimo) West, who was born in Toronto and is known as Weird Al Yankovic's guitarist, is nominated for Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island in the new age album category.

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