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Stacy Diaz | 07 December, 2018, 22:37

If Lamar felt like he got snubbed previous year, then he'll feel better about the 2019 Grammys, as he earned more nominations than anybody else, with eight total.

It looks as though hip-hop is leading the way for this year's Grammy awards, with Kendrick Lamar topping the list for most nominated artist.

The Invasion of Privacy rapper woke up on Friday to a total of five nominations, making her and Lady Gaga the most nominated female artists at the 2019 Grammys.

The upcoming Grammys is the first where the academy extended its top four categories from five nominees to eight. Immediately following, at 8:45 a.m. ET, the Recording Academy will announce nominations across all 84 categories.

Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is usually one to take home gold during the Grammys, boasting 10 wins to-date.

Diana Krall and Tony Bennett whose album 'Love is Here to Stay' is a nominee for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 61st Grammy Awards
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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. 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. The Nanaimo, B.C. singer and Bennett's rendition of 'S Wonderful is up for best pop duo performance, while their Love is Here to Stay is in the running for traditional pop vocal album. Lamar's "All the Stars" is up for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

For Best R&B Performance, the couple's song Summer will be competing against Long As I Live by Toni Braxton, Y O Y by Lalah Hathaway, Best Part by H.E.R. While the duo did secure three nominations including, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance, and Best Music Video for "APESHIT", folks are big mad that they were not nominated in some of the major categories, specifically Album Of The Year. The singer has released seven well-received, musically eclectic albums but has never won a Grammy. He's also nominated twice in the rap song category, where God's Plan and Sicko Mode are among the contenders for the award given to the songwriters.

Violinist Christina Day Martinson, from Saskatchewan, is nominated in the classical instrumental solo category for Biber: The Mystery Sonatas with the Boston Baroque. Though nominated for album of the year, he was surprisingly shut out of best rap album, where his rival Pusha T earned a nomination. But the rapper, who has received 24 nominations to-date, did not receive any nominations this year. Justin Timberlake, whose "Man of the Woods" albums flopped earlier this year, picked up a nod for "Say Something", his collaboration with Chris Stapleton. Lamar was nominated for the Black Panther album compilation he executive produced for the blockbuster film.

Among artists with Chicago connections, the nominees included Fall Out Boy for best rock album ("Mania"); Kanye West for best producer, nonclassical; John Prine for best Americana album ("The Tree of Forgiveness"); and Jeff Tweedy for best American roots song (Mavis Staples' "Build a Bridge").