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Kendrick Lamar up for eight Grammy awards Kendrick Lamar up for eight Grammy awards
Herman Weaver | 07 December, 2018, 22:40

The soundtrack of Marvel's "Black Panther" propelled rap superstar Kendrick Lamar to the front of this year's Grammy pack with eight nominations, closely followed by fellow rapper Drake who scored seven, organizers said Friday.

Though Jay-Z was the most nominated artist at last year's Grammy Awards, with eight nods, he did not pick up a single trophy, prompting the rapper to perform the lyric "Tell the Grammys f**k that 0 for 8 s**t" on his track "APES**T". For Best Rap Performance, the nominees are "Be Careful" by Cardi B, "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee, "Nice For What" by Drake, "King's Dead" by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake, and "Bubblin" by Anderson.Paak.

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.

Barbra Streisand's THE MUSIC.THE MEM'RIES.THE MAGIC! is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Lamar's Top 10 hit, the SZA-assisted "All the Stars", is nominated for both record and song of the year (a songwriter's award).

Lamar led the way with eight overall nominations, Drake had seven, and Carlile and producer Boi-1DA (who has worked with Drake and Cardi B) garnered six each.

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.

Cardi B nominated for album of the year
Cardi B nominated for album of the year

Ella Mai was also nominated in the Song of the Year category for her heavily rotated hit "Boo'd Up".

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. But Swift was snubbed this year, earning just one nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2017 album "Reputation" - narrowing her chances for another win.

In other categories, Toronto's Daniel Caesar appeared in the R&B performance category for the second consecutive year, this time for the song Best Part, a duet with California-based singer H.E.R.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. J. Cole was also nominated for Best R&B Song, thanks to his contribution to Miguel's "Come Through And Chill".

Miller's album was nominated for Best Rap Album.

Demi Lovato, who relapsed after six years of sobriety and was hospitalized for an overdose in July, earned a nomination for best pop duo/group performance for "Fall In Line", her duet with Christina Aguilera.

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