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.
In the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, Wayne Shorter received his 21st Grammy nomination, for Emanon.
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.
- Best pop solo performance: "Colors", Beck; "Havana (Live)", Camila Cabello; "God Is A Woman", Ariana Grande; "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)", Lady Gaga; "Better Now", Post Malone. Though seven of his eight nominations come from "Black Panther", he also earned a nod for co-writing Jay Rock's "Win", up for best rap song.
Mac Miller, who died in September, earned a nomination for best rap album with "Swimming". 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.
Diana Krall's work with Tony Bennett picked up two Grammy nominations on Friday
But last year's Grammy snub of bilingual mega-hit "Despacito" in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories has critics skeptical that a non-English track, no matter how popular, can score a major award.
The Academy also expanded its membership and set up a diversity task force after an uproar over the low number of female nominees, winners and performers on the televised ceremony in January. 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.
6lack and J. Cole even got a nod for best rap performance with "Pretty Little Fears". As well, Drake collaborators Boi-1da and Noah Shebib were nominated for their production work. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also picked up four nominations for the song "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, although the film's soundtrack itself wasn't eligible, per The Hollywood Reporter.
No Canadians were nominated for best comedy album.
Lamar has won 12 Grammys throughout his career.
The 2019 Grammys will hand out awards in its 84 categories live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 10 February.
U.S. Air Force performed extraordinary flight over Ukraine
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