Initially slated for release on Wednesday but delayed due to the national day of mourning declared following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, this year’s Grammy Award nominations were announced on Friday.
The Grammys will recognize recordings released between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led in nominations, but female artists took center stage in multiple categories. Women received five of the eight nominations for the Album of the Year award, while six female acts have been nominated for Best New Artist.
Lamar scored eight Grammy nods, led by his album of the year nomination for the “Black Panther: The Album” film soundtrack. Drake landed in the category for “Scorpion,” while singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You” earned her a nod. Also nominated for top album were H.E.R. for her self-titled release, Post Malone for “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Cardi B for Invasion of Privacy,” Janelle Monae for “Dirty Computer” and Kacey Musgraves for “Golden Hour.”
Lamar, Drake and Carlile all scored nominations in other top Grammy categories, which were expanded this year from five to eight nominees to bolster diversity. Such efforts were motivated in large part by criticism over lack of female representation levied against the awards and against the Recording Academy, which organizes the awards show.
“We always care about diversity and inclusion and we’re in a time where there’s a tipping point for some of the issues that need to be addressed,” Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in an interview with Variety.
Here’s the full list of nominees: