Keith Urban, Drake shine while Taylor Swift snubbed by Grammy nominations

09 December, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Kacey Musgraves

"Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By" is up for album of the year, a category where women make up five of the eight nominees.

Australians were also represented, however, as country superstar Keith Urban received a nomination for best solo country performance for his song 'Parallel Line.' Meanwhile, the Hugh Jackman-led soundtrack for The Greatest Showman was nominated in the compilation soundtracks category.

Bruno Mars swept all the biggies last time around, but it was all about hip-hop and women in the top categories when the 2019 Grammy Award nominations were announced Friday morning.

This year, the Carters are up for three Grammys, but none of the big four categories (record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist).

Other women nominated this year have multiple roles on their own albums.

Drake is right behind Kendrick with 7 nominations. Yet, there she is, just behind Lamar and Drake's seven nominations, with six nods, including record of the year, album of the year and song of the year.

Recording Academy head Neil Portnow added gasoline to the firestorm by saying that women in the recording industry should "step up" to advance their careers. Rock band Greta Van Fleet and country singer Luke Combs also earned nominations. "Like when I first moved to Nashville and I just wrote every day for years and stumbled across songs that really meant something to me", Musgraves, who worked on the album for a year and a half, told the AP on Friday. Boi-1da is contending for the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical award.

Taylor Swift was also snubbed by the Recording Academy over her album "Reputation". Drake was the most streamed artist on Spotify and Apple Music in 2018 and "Scorpion" has dominated the Billboard charts since it came out this past summer. Justin Timberlake, whose "Man of the Woods" albums flopped earlier this year, picked up a nod for "Say Something", his collaboration with Chris Stapleton.

Monae, who scored a best music video nomination for "PYNK" - which she shares with director Emma Westenberg and producer Whitney Jackson - recalls filming the video for the song celebrating womanhood.

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. The only problem is now that the nominations have been announced, people are coming after Drake saying he doesn't deserve it. Lamar was also listed in the Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead") and Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" & "Win") categories. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air live from LA's Staples Center Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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