Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B & Drake Lead the 2019 Grammy Nominations

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The soundtrack of Marvel's "Black Panther" propelled rap superstar Kendrick Lamar to the front of this year's Grammy pack with eight nominations, closely followed by fellow rapper Drake who scored seven. "All The Stars", his song with SZA, got nods for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Song Written For Visual Media, and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

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).

The likes of Drake, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, Cardi B and Ariana Grande are all frontrunners for the 2019 Album of the Year category.

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Beyonce, 37, and her husband have been nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Video, and Best R&B Performance.

Women performers also made their mark in the top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago, with rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile all nabbing key nominations for music's top awards.

Drake, a Grammy veteran, also sits at the top of the list with seven nominations for his 2018 album, Scorpion.

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Who's Presenting?: Last year's Best New Artist victor, Alessia Cara, will join Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and Apple Music host Zane Lowe to announce the nominees in select categories. He's also nominated twice in the rap song category, where God's Plan and Sicko Mode are among the contenders for the award given to the songwriters.

Lamar's Top 10 hit, the SZA-assisted "All the Stars", is nominated for both record and song of the year (a songwriter's award). The group snagged a nod for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", which they released over the summer.

For Best R&B Performance, the couple's song Summer will be competing against Long As I Live by Toni Braxton, Y O Y by Lalah Hathaway, Best Part by H.E.R.

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Kanye West's latest effort Ye was also snubbed, but he did receive a nod for Producer of the Year, following his run of executive producing a total of five albums over the course of the last six months. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer. 21 Savage - "Rockstar" Best Rap SongDrake - "God's Plan" Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake - "King's Dead" Eminem - "Lucky You" Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee - "Sicko Mode" Jay Rock ft. It was the only nomination Timberlake received this year in relation to his album "Man of the Woods", which was released in February.

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