As with previous year, hip-hop dominated across the board - though in 2018, the Recording Academy fell under sharp criticism after rap mogul Jay-Z left empty-handed and Lamar was shut out of the general categories.
Cardi, real name Belcalis Almanzar, will be hoping to finally take a gramophone home after receiving two nominations at the Grammys 2018 for best rap performance and best rap song, but failing to win one.
Mac Miller, who died in September, earned a nomination for best rap album with "Swimming".
Grande, who has never won a Grammy, was only nominated for best pop vocal album for "Sweetener" and best pop solo performance for "God is a Woman".
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In the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, Wayne Shorter received his 21st Grammy nomination, for Emanon.
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Nominations for the 61st annual Grammy Awards will be announced Friday morning. Beyoncé had to make do with just three, all of which she shared with husband Jay-Z - music video "Apes-t", R&B performance "Summer" and urban contemporary album Everything is Love.
- Best traditional pop vocal album: "Love Is Here to Stay", Tony Bennett and Diana Krall; "My Way", Willie Nelson; "Nat "King" Cole & Me", Gregory Porter; "Standards (Deluxe)", Seal; "The Music.The Mem'ries.The Magic!", Barbra Streisand.
His song "All the Stars" is also in the running for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She will go up against fellow nominees Cardi B and Janelle Monae in the Album of the Year category. Also rounding out the list of the most nominated were Brandi Carlile and Maren Morris with six each, and five each for Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, and H.E.R. The academy launched an operation centered on inclusion and diversity.
Of the eight best new artist nominees, six are women, including Lipa, H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. Justin Timberlake, whose "Man of the Woods" albums flopped earlier this year, picked up a nod for "Say Something", his collaboration with Chris Stapleton. Chris Cornell, who died previous year, is up for best rock performance with "When Bad Does Good". She was nominated in 1997 for her album, Lyrically Potent.
Lamar has won 12 Grammys throughout his career.