Drake, Kendrick Lamar lead Grammy Award nods

By: bbc
Drake, Kendrick Lamar are Grammy Awards highest nominees this year
Kendrick Lamar (left) and Drake are both nominated in the Grammy Awards Album of the Year category

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead this year's Grammy nominations, with eight and seven respectively.

The nominations for Lamar, who swept last year's ceremony, are for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack.

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Canadian rapper Drake is up for Song of the Year for God's Plan and Album of the Year for Scorpion.

Dua Lipa, Jorja Smith and Ella Mai are among the Brits on the nominations list, which was revealed in full today, Friday, December 7.

Folk singer Brandi Carlile has six nods, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Childish Gambino each have five.

Arctic Monkeys, Jon Hopkins, Disclosure, Seal and Mark Ronson also received a nomination each.

Ariana Grande receives two nominations - one for Best Pop Vocal Album (Sweetener), and Best Pop Solo Performance (God is a Woman).

One of the most notable snubs is for Taylor Swift - whose album Reputation received only one nod, for Best Pop Vocal Album.

This year's most nominated artists for Grammy Awards

  • 8 - Kendrick Lamar
  • 7 - Drake
  • 6 - Boi-1Da, Brandi Carlile, Mike Bozzi
  • 5 - Cardi B, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, Soundwave

Four of the major Grammy Awards categories were expanded this year, to allow for more recognition for women and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) artists.

Song and Album of the Year are among the categories which will now have eight nominees, instead of five.

The change comes after the Recording Academy created a diversity task force in response to criticism that the winners are usually disproportionately white and male.

The categories which have been expanded are Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for Best Overall Song), Song of the Year (which is specifically for songwriting) and Best New Artist.

The other categories will continue to include five nominees.

Bruno Mars swept last year's awards and caused something of an upset when he won the Album of the Year prize over Kendrick Lamar.

The 2019 Grammy Awards takes place on 10 February at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.