Drake and Lamar lead but women shine through in Grammy nods

Kacey Musgraves

"I love being in the company of genius women and I think that every woman that is nominated has contributed so much excellent work and heartfelt work and truthful work this year, and it's just deserving", Monae said in an interview with The Associated Press after Friday's nominations were announced.

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

For 2019, the ratio is indeed more balanced, particularly in the prestigious best-album category, where Cardi B (for Invasion of Privacy), Carlile (By the Way, I Forgive You), Musgraves (Golden Hour), R&B singer H.E.R. (self-titled) and singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe (Dirty Computer) will compete against Drake, Post Malone and the Black Panther soundtrack for gold hardware.

Drake's change of heart this year helped Scorpion pick up nominations in several top categories - album, record and song of the year for God's Plan.

Take a listen to the biggest albums of the year below, and tune in on February 10 to see which one takes home the prize! York University professor and previous Grammy-winner Rob Bowman is one of the compilation's producers. Hip-hop artists also thrived.

Led by University of Toronto professor Anna Shternshis, the archival music project The Lost Songs of World War II is in the running for world music album. Instead, country singer Kacey Musgraves beat him to the punch with a nomination for album of the year.

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Recording Academy head Neil Portnow added gasoline to the firestorm by saying that women in the recording industry should "step up" to advance their careers.

Of the eight best new artist nominees, six are women, including Lipa, H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt are up for best comedy album.

This year, the Carters are up for three Grammys, but none of the big four categories (record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist).

No Canadians were nominated for best comedy album. Thusly, "Shallow" has already nabbed a well-deserved Golden Globes nomination for best original song.

Culture Minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange today congratulated nominees for the Best Reggae Album category for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Post Malone, who attended Grapevine High School as Austin Post, received a Record of the Year nomination for "Rockstar", a collaboration with 21 Savage that also received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

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