The Carters will have another chance to add to their massive awards collection at the 2019 Grammy Awards after Jay-Z was snubbed a year ago at the same ceremony. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer. Six women are nominated for Best New Artist while five women are up for Album, Record, and Song of the Year. The DAMN. rapper is up for eight awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead"), two for Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" and "WIN"), and Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
He didn't run away with the crown, though, as Drake was right behind him with seven nominations of his own. Cardi will also compete for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance ("Be Careful"), and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her Maroon 5 collaboration "Girls Like You". Another notable omission from the top categories was singer Ariana Grande, whose "Sweetener" album is shaping up as one of the year's biggest commercial successes.
The couple, however, have been surprisingly shut out of the main categories including Best Album.
In the best new artist category, six of the eight nominees are also women, with British stars Dua Lipa and Jorja Smith nominated alongside HER, Chloe x Halle, Margo Price and Bebe Rexha, as well as Luke Combs and rock band Greta Van Fleet. Demi Lovato - "Fall In Line" Backstreet Boys - "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - "Shallow" Maroon 5 ft. West, who has never won a Grammy in a major category, was also nominated for just one Grammy, for best non-classical producer.
In jazz, Miguel Zenon's "Yo Soy La Tradicion" ("I Am Tradition"), featuring Chicago's Spektral Quartet, received two nominations, for best Latin jazz album and best improvised jazz solo.
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".
Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli was nominated for best contemporary classical composition for "Vespers for Violin". And former Chicagoan Kurt Elling was nominated for best jazz vocal album for "The Questions".