Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Cardi B Lead Nominations for 2019 Grammys

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Lipa is nominated for best new artist and best dance recording for Electricity. It named Lamar eight times, including seven nominations for Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By. They are Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile. "It's my project, it's my two EPs together and it's not even an album". Combs has spawned more hits, including "Beautiful Crazy", since releasing his debut album, This One's For You, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Cardi B is up for Album of the Year for Invasion Of Privacy plus Record of the Year for "I Like It".

Drake is right behind Kendrick with 7 nominations. Most notably, Scorpion was nominated for Album Of The Year, while "God's Plan" was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards.

Twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka (age 21), their younger brother Sam (age 19), and friend Danny Wagner (also 19), from Frankenmuth, Mich. make up revivalist rock band Greta Van Fleet.

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. The academy launched an operation centered on inclusion and diversity.

"This year clearly there were many women not only making music but making great music and making music that resonates with our peer voters in terms of excellence, and so that certainly is at the forefront".

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Perry will compete with Pharrell Williams, Boi-1Da, Larry Klein and Kanye West, the only nomination he earned. Her latest album was only nominated for one award, best pop vocal album.

But women will also lead in a variety of categories this year.

Other big name nominees include The Carters, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Travis Scott.

For his smash self-titled LP, Shawn Mendes is in the running for best pop vocal album. Camila Cabello, Malone, Mendes, Dan + Shay and DJ Mustard are also first-time nominees.

Toronto music scholar and past Grammy-winner Rob Bowman is part of the team behind best historical album contender Any Other Way, a compilation of music by 1960s soul singer Jackie Shane. 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 1999, Lauryn Hill won for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and 2004 was OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which are both very deserving albums. Chris Cornell, who died past year, is up for best rock performance with "When Bad Does Good". But the rapper, who has received 24 nominations to-date, did not receive any nominations this year.

The "Focus" singer is up for album of the year, best new artist, best R&B performance, best R&B song and best R&B album, telling the publication how the biggest surprise was for album of the year since her last tapes were just EPs.

The Recording Academy will present the 2019 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on February 10.