It named Lamar eight times, including seven nominations for Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By. That's great, but it's also notable that DAMN, which was one of the year's biggest albums in terms of both critical and fan reception, wasn't nominated for Record Of The Year or Album Of The Year.
Rapper Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys and the soundtrack to hit movie Black Panther, which was produced by Lamar, round out the album of the year field.
It is among eight album of the year nominations.
The rapper, 49, failed to win any of his eight Grammy nominations in 2018, but now Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are up for three awards as The Carters.
Genre darling Chris Stapleton generally sweeps major categories at different country music awards shows, but the singer-songwriter only received nominations in the Grammys' country categories.
Led by University of Toronto professor Anna Shternshis, the archival music project The Lost Songs of World War II is in the running for world music album.
Entertainment Weekly's "Entertainers Of The Year" recipients Cardi B and Childish Gambino both racked up five nominations.
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She says she is applying for asylum and is exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination. Morales, as it turns out, is an undocumented immigrant who entered the United States in 1999.
Perry will compete with Pharrell Williams, Boi-1Da, Larry Klein and Kanye West, the only nomination he earned. Minaj completely shut out this year after the release of her last album, Queen.
Other famous faces outside of music to earn nominations include Tiffany Haddish and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, both up for best spoken word album.
She also posted video of a FaceTime call with her mom during which she got to share the good news.
Miller's album was nominated for Best Rap Album.
Toronto music scholar and past Grammy-winner Rob Bowman is part of the team behind best historical album contender Any Other Way, a compilation of music by 1960s soul singer Jackie Shane.
Demi Lovato, who relapsed after six years of sobriety and was hospitalized for an overdose in July, earned a nomination for best pop duo/group performance for "Fall In Line", her duet with Christina Aguilera.
Lamar has won 12 Grammys throughout his career. When the awards are actually handed out at the 61st annual ceremony (Feb. 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles), we'll see if the pumping up of nominees is just window dressing.