Kendrick Lamar leads the 2019 Grammy Awards nominations

Danny Woods
December 7, 2018

This morning, Alessia Cara, Apple Music host Zane Lowe, Shawn Mendes, and Janelle Monáe kicked off the 61st GRAMMY AWARDS nominations by revealing nominees in select categories live on "CBS This Morning" and on Apple Music at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The 25-year-old has never won a Grammy or received a nomination in any of the biggest categories.

It's not a surprise that Cardi B is up for Grammy Awards, but fans might be confused that she is not nominated for best new artist.

But a few of the more public snubs are getting attention, including Grammy heavyweights Beyonce and Jay Z for their long-awaited joint album, Everything Is Love.

The recognition for work on his 2018 double-album Scorpion, as well as contributions to other rappers' tracks, comes after the Toronto-raised performer boycotted last year's Grammys by choosing not to submit anything from his previous release, More Life. Plus, Boi-1da, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams were listed in the Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical category.

The 2019 Grammys will be awarded at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10. The nomination kept rock artists from being completely shut out in the major categories. The singer finally broke through with "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" in 2016 and amplified that success with "All American Made" in 2017.

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The rest of the best new artist nominees included Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, H.E.R, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. That's because her two Grammy nods a year ago disqualify her from a best new artist award.

He'll face competition at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, from fellow rappers Drake, Cardi B and Childish Gambino - as well as Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who snared nominations in both of those top categories for their hit "Shallow" from the film "A Star is Born". The soundtrack for "A Star Is Born" was released after Grammy eligibility, though "Shallow" was released in time and also earned Cooper two nominations.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli was nominated for best contemporary classical composition for "Vespers for Violin".

Pop star Justin Timberlake - who is no stranger to Grammys nominations and wins - received just one nomination in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for his song "Say Something" with Chris Stapleton. 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.

Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich contributed.

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