Awards season is upon us once again. On Friday (Dec. 7), the Recording Academy revealed the official nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards, which is set to take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.
The organizers behind the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, which will mark the affair's return to the West coast after a one-year stint in New York, are beginning a new era for the long-running program, which has been plagued by a slew of valid criticisms over the years.
Firstly, this year's awards will celebrate eight nominees in each one of the "general field" categories, including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist, instead of traditionally only having five nominees. Secondly, this year also marks the implementation of a new task force which was created in order to help improve the awards when it comes to ensuring diversity and inclusion. The committee's intention and dedicated focus is to help the dated institution better reflect the landscape of today's music and its creators.
Per the Academy, more than 21,000 submissions were filed across 84 categories. Content eligible for consideration had to be released between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30.
Members of the Recording Academy will be able to cast their votes until Jan. 9, with the event set to air live a month later from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Now that we have the basics out of the way, let's take a look at a partial list of the nominees. To see a complete nominations list, please see here.
Record Of The Year:
"I Like It" — Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
"The Joke" — Brandi Carlile
"This Is America" — Childish Gambino
"God's Plan" — Drake
"Shallow" — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
"All The Stars" — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
"Rockstar" — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
"The Middle" — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Album Of The Year:
Invasion Of Privacy — Cardi B
By The Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
Scorpion — Drake
H.E.R. — H.E.R.
Beerbongs & Bentleys — Post Malone
Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By (Various Artists)—curated by Kendrick Lamar
Song Of The Year:
"All The Stars" — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
"Boo'd Up" — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
"God's Plan" — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
"In My Blood" — Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)
"The Joke" — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
"The Middle" — Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)
"Shallow" — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
"This Is America" — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
Best New Artist:
Greta Van Fleet
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Everything Is Love — The Carters
The Kids Are Alright — Chloe x Halle
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz — Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
War & Leisure — Miguel
Ventriloquism — Meshell Ndegeocello
Best Rap Album:
Invasion Of Privacy — Cardi B
Swimming — Mac Miller
Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
Daytona — Pusha T
Astroworld — Travis Scott
Best Song Written For Visual Media:
"All The Stars" — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA), Track from: Black Panther
"Mystery Of Love" — Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens), Track from: Call Me By Your Name
"Remember Me" — Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade), Track from: Coco
"Shallow" — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper), Track from: A Star Is Born
"This Is Me" — Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble), Track from: The Greatest Showman
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: