GRAMMYs 2019: Listen to All of the Album of the Year Nominees

Kendrick Lamar up for eight Grammy awards

Kendrick Lamar up for eight Grammy awards

Diana Krall's work with Tony Bennett picked up two Grammy nominations on Friday.

Hip-hop dominated across the board for a second year running - though last year, rap mogul Jay-Z racked up the most nominations but left empty-handed, and Lamar was shut out of the general categories.

The Recording Academy announced Lamar was the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion to the Marvel Studios juggernaut starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan.

This morning, Alessia Cara, Apple Music host Zane Lowe, Shawn Mendes, and Janelle Monáe kicked off the 61st GRAMMY AWARDS nominations by revealing nominees in select categories live on "CBS This Morning" and on Apple Music at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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

Six of the eight best new artist nominees are women - H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, and Jorja Smith.Five of the eight album of the year nominees are also women, including Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R., and Carlile.

The Grammys is the first where the academy extended its top four categories from five nominees to eight.

Rapper Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys and the soundtrack to hit movie Black Panther, which was produced by Lamar, round out the album of the year field. "It's my project, it's my two EPs together and it's not even an album". Lamar's "All the Stars" is up for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. His song God's Plan is also vying for best rap performance against Travis Scott's Sicko Mode, a track where Drake appears as a guest.

Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards.

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Dan + Shay scored a nod for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song "Tequila" while group member Dan Smyers was also nominated for Best Country Song for helping to pen the tune. His "God's Plan" producer Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels got 6 nominations.

Six of the 2019 nominees for Best New Artist are women, whose presence in the top categories marked a sharp departure from the previous gala, which saw women snubbed in the major prizes.

- Best rock album: "Rainier Fog", Alice In Chains; "Mania", Fall Out Boy; "Prequelle", Ghost; "From the Fires", Greta Van Fleet; "Pacific Daydream", Weezer. Some people believe that he isn't talented and simply just says his songs, while others think his music is only for his Canadian supporters who would love him no matter what. She is just the seventh woman ever nominated for prize and first since 2004.

At least Kanye West and Taylor Swift won't be dueling at this year's Grammy Awards.

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Brandon, Man. -raised violinist James Ehnes is nominated for classical instrumental solo for his concerto Kernis, while Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian also received a nod for classical compendium.

To be sure, Post Malone has a talent for hit-making.

Following the testosterone jamboree of the 2018 Grammys, all industry eyes were on the 2019 nominations, anticipating something approaching gender equality. The soundtrack for "A Star Is Born" was released after Grammy eligibility, though "Shallow" was released in time and also earned Cooper two nominations.

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.

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