This year's set of nominations do not reflect those of 12 months ago where no women were up for either Song Of The Year or Record Of The Year, though the two most nominated artists are male: Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations and Drake with seven.
Last year Jay-Z was nominated for eight awards including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year, yet did not take home any of the honors. For Best Rap Performance, the nominees are "Be Careful" by Cardi B, "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee, "Nice For What" by Drake, "King's Dead" by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake, and "Bubblin" by Anderson.Paak. It's doubtful that Cardi B is complaining, though, considering she is nominated for five awards, including record of the year and album of the year.
Mac Miller, who died in September, earned a nomination for best rap album with "Swimming".
The 61st annual music awards show will kick off live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, celebrating the biggest stars in the music world.
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Thanks to the hit "Black Panther" film Lamar - whose album "DAMN" won the Pulitzer Prize for music this year - once again has a chance to win the coveted Album of the Year prize after three prior losses. 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. Cardi is the only woman nominated in the rap categories, with social media now adding more fuel to the fire surrounding the highly publicized feud between her and Nicki Minaj. 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. The nomination kept rock artists from being completely shut out in the major categories.
Beyonce and Jay-Z, billed as The Carters, as well Ariana Grande, didn't earn any of the big nominations. 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. Daniel Caesar)"PJ Morton - "First Bega" Best R&B SongElla Mai - "Boo'd Up" Miguel - "Come Through and Chill (ft".
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN has been nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and "This is Me" from the soundtrack was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer. The pop singer, raised in Pickering, Ont., was named in two categories - song of the year for In My Blood and best pop vocal album.