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Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy award nominations with 8 nods, Drake has 7

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The Recording Academy, whose members choose the Grammys, this year expanded to eight from five the number of nominees in the top four categories - record, song and album of the year, and best new artist - to allow a more diverse line-up. 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. Most notably, Scorpion was nominated for Album Of The Year, while "God's Plan" was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

Mac Miller, who died of an accidental overdose earlier this year, received his first-ever Grammy nomination for his album "Swimming", according to Billboard.

It is among eight album of the year nominations.

Entertainment Weekly's "Entertainers Of The Year" recipients Cardi B and Childish Gambino both racked up five nominations.

The Panther nomination gives Lamar another chance to win an album of the year award.

The 25-year-old has never won a Grammy or received a nomination in any of the biggest categories. Beyoncé had to make do with just three, all of which she shared with husband Jay-Z - music video "Apes-t", R&B performance "Summer" and urban contemporary album Everything is Love. Giving "Rockstar" a "Record of the Year" nomination makes flawless sense; it's a ideal song. Cardi's "I Like It" gained a Record of the Year nod.

Six of the eight best new artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

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. His album "Ye" did not receive any nods. Chris Cornell, who died previous year, is up for best rock performance with "When Bad Does Good".

"Shallow" (co-written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt) is one of the biggest and most popular songs for a movie soundtrack in recent memory - and for good reason.

- Best alternative music album: "Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino", Arctic Monkeys; "Colors", Beck; "Utopia", Bjork; "American Utopia", David Byrne; "Masseduction", St. Vincent.

Kendrick Lamar has won 12 Grammy Awards during his career. When the awards are actually handed out at the 61st annual ceremony (Feb. 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles), we'll see if the pumping up of nominees is just window dressing.

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