The nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards were announced on Friday in a glittering ceremony.
Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and Drake scooped the most nominations, with five women battling it out in the Album of the Year category, following the controversy over the lack of female nominees at the 2018 awards.
Gaga picked up five nominations – four of them for her work on A Star Is Born – in the Song of The Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song written for Visual Media categories for Shallow (sung with Bradley Cooper.)
Her fifth nomination came in the Best Pop Solo Performance category for Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) where she will battle it out alongside Beck’s Colors, Havana by Camila Cabello, and Ariana Grande’s God Is a Woman.
Cardi B had cause to celebrate after announcing her split from husband Offset this week, bagging a stellar five nominations including in the Record of The Year category for her Bad Bunny and J.Balvin collab I Like It and the Album of The Year category for Invasion of Privacy.
She was also recognised in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her appearance on Maroon 5’s song Girls Like You, Best Rap Performance for Be Careful , and Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy.
Leading the overall nominations was Kendrick Lamar, with eight nods for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack. He has won 12 Grammys in his career.
He was nominated in the Record of The Year category for All The Stars, (with SZA), Album of the Year for Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By, Song of The Year for All The Stars, Best Rap Performance for King’s Dead, Best Rap/Sung Performance for All The Stars, Best Rap Song for King’s Dead and Win and Best Song Written For Visual Media for All The Stars.
Three-time Grammy winner Drake is also hoping to add to his tally with seven nominations, with God’s Plan being recognised in the Record of the Year, Song of The Year, and Best Rap Song categories.
He has also been nominated for Album of the Year for Scorpion, Best Rap Song and Best Rap performance for Sicko Mode and Best Rap Performance for Nice For What.