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Lamar leads Grammy noms

Kendrick Lamar looks set to dominate the 2019 Grammy Awards after receiving seven nominations on Friday.

The rapper's soundtrack for the hit movie Black Panther scored him a nod in the Album of the Year and Rap Album categories, and he is also up for other top prizes including Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, both for his collaboration with SZA, All the Stars. He was closely followed by Drake, who bagged seven nods, while Brandi Carlile and Cardi B garnered six nominations each.

They were also recognized in the Album of the Year category for their collections Scorpion, Invasion of Privacy, and By the Way, I Forgive You, respectively.

Others nominated for the Grammys' highest accolade are Kacey Musgraves (Golden Hour), H.E.R. (H.E.R.), Post Malone (beerbongs & bentleys), and Janelle Monae (Dirty Computer) - who presented the nominations alongside Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and Apple Music's Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe.

Drake (God's Plan), Cardi (I Like It), Brandi (The Joke), Post (Rockstar), also received nods for Record of the Year, as did Childish Gambino (This is America), and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (Shallow). Their duet from their movie A Star is Born is also up for Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Emerging stars competing for the Best New Artist prize are H.E.R., Jorja Smith, Luke Combs, Bebe Rexha, Greta Van Fleet, Chloe x Halle, and Margo Price.

The winners of the 61st annual Grammy Awards will be announced Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony's host is yet to be announced.

Dolly Parton will be honoured as the Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year two days prior to the event.



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