Rap star Kendrick Lamar, women nominees lead Grammy race

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2018

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.

Another milestone for women is in the non-classical producer of the year category, where songwriting extraordinaire Linda Perry earned a nomination. Minaj completely shut out this year after the release of her last album, Queen.

Rap as a genre has dominated the nominations, with five of the top six most-nominated artists being rappers.

The rapper, 49, failed to win any of his eight Grammy nominations in 2018, but now Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are up for three awards as The Carters.


The soundtrack to the movie "Black Panther" received a nomination for Album Of The Year, making it just the thirteenth movie soundtrack to ever receive this nomination, People reported. The Grammy Awards are scheduled for February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS.

He will compete with Lamar in the hotly-contested Album of the Year category with his chart-topping release Scorpion. The singer finally broke through with "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" in 2016 and amplified that success with "All American Made" in 2017.

Besides Carlile, the record of the year nominees included Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin ("I Like It"); Drake ("God's Plan"); Childish Gambino ("This is America"); Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ("Shallow"); Lamar and SZA ("All the Stars"); Post Malone ("Rockstar"); and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey ("The Middle").

Chloe x Halle posted: "IS THIS REAL LIFE?!?!?!?!? we are in SHOCK. can't believe this". Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also picked up four nominations for the song "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, although the film's soundtrack itself wasn't eligible, per The Hollywood Reporter.


In jazz, Miguel Zenon's "Yo Soy La Tradicion" ("I Am Tradition"), featuring Chicago's Spektral Quartet, received two nominations, for best Latin jazz album and best improvised jazz solo.

Their music video for Apes**t will go up against This Is America from Childish Gambino, I'm Not Racist from Joyner Lucas, PYNK from Janelle Monae, and MUMBO JUMBO from Tierra Whack.

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

Other famous faces outside of music to earn nominations include Tiffany Haddish and former USA president Jimmy Carter, both up for best spoken word album.


Her husband has won 21 Grammy awards and has been nominated for a whooping 77 accolades.

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