Cardi B is nominated five times at the 2019 Grammys

Cardi B is nominated five times at the 2019 Grammys

If Lamar felt like he got snubbed previous year, then he'll feel better about the 2019 Grammys, as he earned more nominations than anybody else, with eight total. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer.

In the always confusing best new artist category - which isn't really about a "new" artist so much as one who may have been obscure for years before making a commercial impact - the nominees ranged from genuine newcomers to veteran road warriors who finally broke through.

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.

Kendrick Lamar's eight nominations are in the categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead"), plus two for Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" and Jay Rock collab "WIN"), plus Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media ("All the Stars" with SZA from Black Panther).

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But last year's Grammy snub of bilingual mega-hit "Despacito" in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories has critics skeptical that a non-English track, no matter how popular, can score a major award.

Perennial favorite Taylor Swift appeared to fall out of grace, however, earning just one nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for "Reputation". She will go up against fellow nominees Cardi B and Janelle Monae in the Album of the Year category.

On the flip side of that equation is best new artist nominee Margo Price, who has been releasing independent music since 2010. While she's having a more hard week than Lamar after announcing her separation from husband Offset, hopefully the Grammy news will continue to lift her spirits. Their direct competitors are Gregory Porter, for Nat "King" Cole & Me, as well as Seal, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, for albums largely featuring songbook standards.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli was nominated for best contemporary classical composition for "Vespers for Violin".

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