Kendrick Lamar & Drake Lead 2019 Grammy Nominees; Cardi B Also Scores Big

December 7, 2018

The 2019 Grammy Award nominations were announced Friday morning, with Kendrick Lamar and Drake leading the way with a respective eight and seven nominations apiece. Lamar's nominations came thanks to his performance and production roles on the Black Panther soundtrack, while Drake received seven nods in connection with his June 2018 album Scorpion. Cardi B also scored big, picking up Album of the Year and Best Rap Album nods for Invasion of Privacy, plus a Record of the Year nomination (along with collaborators J Balvin and Bad Bunny) for "I Like It." In fact, women dominated most of the major categories. Five of the eight Album of the Year nominees, for example, are female solo artists or female-fronted acts, including Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., and Janelle Monae. The Best New Artist category also boasts six female or female-fronted nominees--including Bebe Rexha, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, and county artist Margo Price--and only two male nominees. Among the biggest snubs, both Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande were shut out of the major categories; Swift only received one nod for Best Pop Vocal Album for Reputation, while Grande received two: one for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener and the other for Best Pop Solo Performance for "God Is a Woman." The Grammy Awards air on CBS February 10.


  • Album of the Year

    • Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
    • Brandi Carlile, By The Way I Forgive You
    • Drake, Scorpion
    • H.E.R., H.E.R.
    • Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
    • Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer
    • Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
    • Various Artists, Black Panther soundtrack

    Record of the Year

    • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
    • Brandi Carlile, "The Joke"
    • Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
    • Drake, “God’s Plan”
    • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, "Shallow"
    • Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All the Stars”
    • Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
    • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

    Song of the Year (awarded to songwriters)

    • Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All The Stars” (Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters) 
    • Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up” (Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters)
    • Drake, “God’s Plan” (Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters)
    • Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood” (Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters)
    • Brandi Carlile, “The Joke” (Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters)
    • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle” (Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters)
    • Lady Gaga, “Shallow” (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt, songwriters)
    • Childish Gambino, “This Is America” (Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson, songwriters)

    Best New Artist

    Chloe x Halle
    Luke Combs
    Greta Van Fleet
    Dua Lipa
    Margo Price
    Bebe Rexha
    Jorja Smith
    Best Pop Vocal Album

    Camila Cabello, Camila
    Kelly Clarkson, Meaning of Life
    Ariana Grande, Sweetener
    Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
    Pink, Beautiful Trauma
    Taylor Swift, Reputation

    Best Pop Solo Performance

    Beck, “Colors”
    Camila Cabello, “Havana”
    Ariana Grande, “God Is a Woman”
    Lady Gaga, “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” 
    Post Malone, “Better Now”

    Country Album of the Year

    Kelsea Ballerina, Unapologetically
    Brothers Osborne, Port Saint Joe
    Ashley McBryde, Girl Going Nowhere
    Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
    Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 2

    Best Country Solo Performance

    Loretta Lynn, “Wouldn’t It Be Great?”
    Maren Morris, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”
    Kacey Musgraves, “Butterflies”
    Chris Stapleton, “Millionaire”
    Keith Urban, “Parallel Line”

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance

    Brothers Osborne, “Shoot Me Straight”
    Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
    Little Big Town, “When Someone Stops Loving You”
    Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill, “Dear Hate”
    Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
    Best Rock Performance

    Arctic Monkeys, “Four Out of Five”
    Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good”
    THE FEVER 333, “Made An America”
    Greta Van Fleet, “Highway Tune”
    Halestorm, “Uncomfortable”

    Best Rock Album

    Alice In Chains, Rainier Fog
    Fall Out Boy, M A N I A
    Ghost, Prequelle
    Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires
    Weezer, Pacific Daydream

    Best Alternative Music Album
    Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
    Beck, Colors
    Björk, Utopia
    David Byrne, American Utopia
    St. Vincent, Masseduction
    Best Rap Album
    Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
    Mac Miller, Swimming
    Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap
    Pusha T, Daytona
    Travis Scott, Astroworld