(Keep in mind that the eligibility period for submissions was October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018.) This year, Cardi B is holding it down in five categories while Kendrick Lamar reigns supreme with eight nominations followed by Drake with seven to his name. The Best Rap Song category, which recognizes songwriters, includes "God's Plan", "King's Dead", and "Sicko Mode" as well as Eminem's "Lucky You" and Jay Rock's "Win". Most notably, Scorpion was nominated for Album Of The Year, while "God's Plan" was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.
Women performers also achieved far greater presence in the 2019 edition of the top music awards, with Cardi B, Lady Gaga and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile all nabbing nominations across the top categories.
Mac Miller, who died of an accidental overdose earlier this year, received his first-ever Grammy nomination for his album "Swimming", according to Billboard.
Those are the broad strokes that can be gleaned from the nominations announced Friday for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Lamar was nominated for the Black Panther album compilation he executive produced for the blockbuster film.
Stars have been tweeting about their excitement at being nominated, with Dua Lipa, who is also nominated for best dance recording, for Electricity (with Mark Ronson and Diplo as Silk City), writing: "TWO NOMINATIONS TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IM SO HAPPY BUT I CANT STOP CRYING I CANT BELIEVE IT!" Drake is trailing just behind, with seven nominations.
Rap as a genre has dominated the nominations, with five of the top six most-nominated artists being rappers. The nomination kept rock artists from being completely shut out in the major categories.
But the nominations also resulted in snubs for some of the music industry's biggest stars, such as Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, among others. The Nanaimo, B.C. singer and Bennett's rendition of 'S Wonderful is up for best pop duo performance, while their Love is Here to Stay is in the running for traditional pop vocal album.
Jim (Kimo) West, who was born in Toronto and is known as Weird Al Yankovic's guitarist, is nominated for Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island in the new age album category.
In other categories, Toronto's Daniel Caesar appeared in the R&B performance category for the second consecutive year, this time for the song Best Part, a duet with California-based singer H.E.R. His album "Ye" did not receive any nods.
The 2019 Grammys will hand out awards in its 84 categories live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2019.