Rap star Kendrick Lamar, women nominees lead Grammy race

Rap star Kendrick Lamar, women nominees lead Grammy race

(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.

Other nominated solos are by violinist Regina Carter, on the title track of Karrin Allyson's Some Of That Sunshine; trumpeter John Daversa, on "Don't Fence Me In", from his big band album American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom; and Zenón, for "Cadenas", from Yo Soy La Tradición, which is also a nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Mac Miller, who died of an accidental overdose earlier this year, received his first-ever Grammy nomination for his album "Swimming", according to Billboard.

Thanks to the blockbuster film "Black Panther", Lamar - whose album "DAMN." made him the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize for music - once again has a chance to win the coveted Album of the Year prize after three prior losses.

Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards.

It's not a surprise that Cardi B is up for Grammy Awards, but fans might be confused that she is not nominated for best new artist. He's also nominated twice in the rap song category, where God's Plan and Sicko Mode are among the contenders for the award given to the songwriters.

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Stars have been tweeting about their excitement at being nominated, with Dua Lipa, who is also nominated for best dance recording, for Electricity (with Mark Ronson and Diplo as Silk City), writing: "TWO NOMINATIONS TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IM SO HAPPY BUT I CANT STOP CRYING I CANT BELIEVE IT!"

Some Hip Hop artists were also nominated in the R&B categories. The Carters earned two nods in the R&B category along with best music video, while Grande picked up two nods in pop.

For Best R&B Performance, the couple's song Summer will be competing against Long As I Live by Toni Braxton, Y O Y by Lalah Hathaway, Best Part by H.E.R.

Beyonce and Jay-Z, billed as The Carters, as well Ariana Grande, didn't earn any of the big nominations. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer. Kanye West and Taylor Swift received just one nomination each in the Best Producer and Best Pop Vocal Album categories, respectively. The group snagged a nod for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", which they released over the summer.

The couple, however, have been surprisingly shut out of the main categories including Best Album.

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