Drake picks up seven Grammy nominations, Shawn Mendes gets two nods

2019 Grammy Awards

With 84 Grammy Award categories, each year's list of nominations can be counted on to deliver a number of surprises for the music industry.

The Panther nomination gives Lamar another chance to win an album of the year award. They both are nominated in the album, record and song of the year categories.

Other nominated solos are by violinist Regina Carter, on the title track of Karrin Allyson's Some Of That Sunshine; trumpeter John Daversa, on "Don't Fence Me In", from his big band album American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom; and Zenón, for "Cadenas", from Yo Soy La Tradición, which is also a nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Canada's Drake, the most-streamed artist of 2018, won eight nominations, including album of the year for Scorpion, and both song and record of the year for his single 'God's Plan'. Although he was nominated for album of the year, surprisingly, he did not win a place in the best rap album competition.

It named Lamar eight times, including seven nominations for Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By.

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Artists who were completely snubbed include Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Migos, Kane Brown, Nicki Minaj, XXXTentacion and Juice WRLD, whose "Lucid Dreams" was one of the year's biggest hits. Hip-hop artists also thrived. Rounding out the category were Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys, Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour, Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, Brandi Carlile's By the Way I Forgive You, and H.E.R.'s self-titled debut album.

The nominees for the 2019 Grammys mark a departure from this year's show, where women were under-represented in the top four categories. Boi-1da, born Matthew Samuels in Toronto, was nominated as producer for his body of work this year, which includes songs with Drake, Cardi B, G-Eazy, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Still, for top record, count Cardi B, Carlile, Lady Gaga and SZA as official contenders.

Ten-time Grammy victor Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello were among the biggest snubs in top categories that were dominated by hip-hop and R&B. Thusly, "Shallow" has already nabbed a well-deserved Golden Globes nomination for best original song.

In a year where Kendrick Lamar didn't even release a solo studio album, he was still the most nominated act for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Post Malone, who attended Grapevine High School as Austin Post, received a Record of the Year nomination for "Rockstar", a collaboration with 21 Savage that also received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

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