Quebec City chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy backed the American counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo on ARC, nominated as one of the year's best classical solo vocal albums.
If Lamar felt like he got snubbed a year ago, then he'll feel better about the 2019 Grammys, as he earned more nominations than anybody else, with eight total. "All The Stars", his song with SZA, got nods for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Song Written For Visual Media, and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
Other women nominated this year have multiple roles on their own albums.
Following Lamar, Drake - the year's most successful artist - earned seven nominations.
Meanwhile, Canadian rapper Drake follows closely behind with seven nominations, including song of the year for God's Plan.
Cardi B, Gaga, H.E.R., Morris, Gambino, producer Sounwave and engineer Mike Bozzi scored five nominations each.
- Best urban contemporary album: "Everything Is Love", The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z); "The Kids Are Alright", Chloe x Halle; "Chris Dave and the Drumhedz", Chris Dave And The Drumhedz; "War & Leisure", Miguel; "Ventriloquism", Meshell Ndegeocello. Rock band Greta Van Fleet and country singer Luke Combs also earned nominations.
In a surprising contrast to previous years, the nominations for 2019 are much more inclusive in major categories.
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"This year clearly there were many women not only making music but making great music and making music that resonates with our peer voters in terms of excellence, and so that certainly is at the forefront".
Nominees across the genre's were more diverse list this year due to the outcry over the lack of color at last year's award ceremony. Their direct competitors are Gregory Porter, for Nat "King" Cole & Me, as well as Seal, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, for albums largely featuring songbook standards. The academy launched an operation centered on inclusion and diversity. Hip-hop artists also thrived. Justin Timberlake, whose "Man of the Woods" albums flopped earlier this year, picked up a nod for "Say Something", his collaboration with Chris Stapleton. Here are some other snubs and surprises from Friday's announcement.
Margo Price, who was nominated for Best New Artist, tweeted that she woke up to her "phone blowing up".
Jim (Kimo) West, who was born in Toronto and is known as Weird Al Yankovic's guitarist, is nominated for Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island in the new age album category.
The Recording Academy will present the 2019 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on February 10.
In the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, Wayne Shorter received his 21st Grammy nomination, for Emanon.