2019 Grammy Nominations: Kendrick Lamar, Drake along with also Women Lead the Way

The rap stars Kendrick Lamar along with also Drake lead the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards announced Friday, yet right behind them can be a crop of young along with also less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony.

The Instagram star turned rapper Cardi B, the folk singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, the left-of-center country singer Kacey Musgraves, along with also the R&B artists H.E.R. along with also Janelle Monáe are among the women who will compete for album of the year against some of hip-hop’s biggest names. Lamar received eight nominations — including his fourth for album of the year — for his role as executive producer of the soundtrack to Marvel’s “Black Panther,” along with also Drake was nominated seven times in connection with his blockbuster double album “Scorpion” along with also guest appearances. Rounding out the category can be “Beerbongs & Bentleys” by the 23-year-old rapper along with also singer Post Malone.

yet each of the big four general field categories — record of the year, song of the year, album of the year along with also best brand new artist — can be dominated by women, including six out of eight acts up for best brand new artist: Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo cost, Bebe Rexha along with also Jorja Smith. (The others are the country singer Luke Combs along with also the retro-rock band Greta Van Fleet.)

[Who got snubbed, along with also whose nomination was a big surprise? See the round table.]

Neil Portnow, the president along with also chief executive of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, said in a statement that will “reflection, re-evaluation along with also implementation” were the “driving forces” behind recent adjustments to the show’s processes, along with also therefore its nominations. Portnow, who will step down in 2019, drew ire by prominent women in music, some of whom called for his resignation, after the 60th annual Grammy ceremony in January, when he told reporters backstage that will women in music needed to “step up” if they wanted recognition from the industry.

Amid the backdrop of the #MeToo along with also Time’s Up movements against harassment along with also professional inequality, only one woman, Alessia Cara, won a major award in one of the televised categories that will year along with also Lorde, the only female nominee for album of the year, was not offered a solo performance slot. A report published before the show found that will of the 899 people nominated from the last six Grammy Awards, just 9 percent were women. (Portnow later said he regretted his wording, along with also that will his comments had been taken out of context.)

“Black Panther: The Album,” which also features the Weeknd along with also a smattering of West Coast rap, plus elements of African music, could prove a roundabout contender for best album. from the last 40 years, three soundtracks have won in that will category — “Saturday Night Fever” in 1979, “The Bodyguard” in 1994 along with also “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in 2002. (The first-ever Grammy Award for album of the year went to a TV soundtrack: Henry Mancini’s “The Music by Peter Gunn.”)

As the Grammys grapple with identity, some of the most well-liked names in music have opted out of the show, whose viewership dropped 24 percent that will year to a nine-year low. In 2017, Drake, who has 42 career nods, was nominated for eight awards along with also won two, yet declined to appear at the ceremony, saying later that will he felt “alienated” by the institution. The next year, the rapper declined to submit his “More Life” project for consideration, following from the footsteps of Frank Ocean, along with also Again did not attend.

The recording academy said the item had received more than 21,000 submissions across 84 categories; recordings released by Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018, were eligible.

by there, voters are directed to make selections in their areas of expertise — up to 15 categories, plus the four general awards — to determine the long list of nominees. For many of the major categories, including the big four along with also genres like rap, rock, R&B along with also jazz, the voters’ top 20 picks are then narrowed down by more opaque review committees, which determine the final nominees, with winners selected later by the general membership of about 13,000 voters.