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The 2019 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 10, with the Recording Academy giving out trophies in 84 categories. Most of these categories are divided by genre (rock, country, rap, etc.), but four of them — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist — are open to music from every genre.
The nominees were announced on December 7. Kendrick Lamar leads the pack, with a total of eight nominations, including Album of the Year for the Black Panther soundtrack.
Drake follows behind with seven nods (including Album of the Year) for his chart-topping album Scorpion, which produced the summer hit “In My Feelings” while also driving a storm of controversy around his feud with rapper Pusha T. (Pusha also snagged a nod, gaining a nomination for Best Rap Album for Daytona.)
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Album of the Year is the Grammys’ most prestigious category. This year, in addition to the Black Panther soundtrack and Scorpion, the race includes Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, Janelle Monáe’s critically acclaimed sci-fi dystopia Dirty Computer, Kacey Musgraves’s Golden Hour, Brandi Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive You, and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys.
Other notable nominations include four nods for Childish Gambino’s blistering “This Is America,” including one for Best Music Video. Country underdog Musgraves continued her unexpected awards season showing with her Album of the Year nod. The Recording Academy also gave a nod to the late Mac Miller with a nomination for Best Rap Album for his final album Swimmer.
Meanwhile, in a total surprise, K-pop’s breakthrough band BTS continued its international success story, receiving its first Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package for the Love Yourself: Tear album.
And though Cardi B’s absence from the Best New Artist category will undoubtedly be debated — despite her breakthrough success in the past year, she’s ineligible for the title because she was nominated in other categories at the 2018 Grammys — she snagged a number of nominations in major categories including both Album and Record of the Year.