Lamar Leads 2019 Grammy Awards With Eight Nominations



The soundtrack of Marvel’s “Black Panther” propelled rap superstar Kendrick Lamar to the front of this year’s Grammy pack with eight nominations, closely followed by fellow rapper Drake who scored seven, organizers said Friday.

Women performers also made their mark in the top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago, with rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile all nabbing key nominations for music’s top awards.

Six of the eight 2019 nominees for Best New Artist are women.

After last year’s show sparked a major backlash, the Recording Academy created a diversity task force responding to criticism that the show was consistently too male and too white, and ultimately expanded four of the top categories from five nominees to eight.

Hip-hop dominated across the board for a second year running — though last year, rap mogul Jay-Z racked up the most nominations but left empty-handed, and Lamar was shut out of the general categories.

Thanks to the blockbuster film “Black Panther,” Lamar — whose album “DAMN.” made him the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize for music — once again has a chance to win the coveted Album of the Year prize after three prior losses.

His song from the Marvel superhero movie’s soundtrack, “All the Stars,” is also in the running for both Record of the Year, which recognizes the overall performance of a song, and Song of the Year, which awards songwriting.

Canadian rapper Drake meanwhile got love from the academy across the top categories for his album “Scorpion” and hit “God’s Plan.”

The leading nominees will face stiff competition on February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from fellow rappers Cardi B and Childish Gambino — as well as Lady Gaga, who snared nominations in both of those top categories for her hit “Shallow,” performed with co-star Bradley Cooper in the film “A Star Is Born.”

 Women top the list 

In May, the head of the Recording Academy — which includes more than 13,000 music professionals — said he would step aside when his contract expires near year, amid outrage after he said women artists should “step up.”

Then in June, it announced an expansion from five to eight of the 2019 nominee fields for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

The move did appear to have a positive effect for female artists, with five of the Album of the Year nominees going to women: Cardi B, Carlile, R&B singer Janelle Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and country songstress Kacey Musgraves.

Carlile — a folk-rock singer known for her bluesy, dynamic voice — earned six nominations, including three across the major categories.

And Cardi B — the 26-year-old rapper from New York’s Bronx neighborhood whose “Bodak Yellow” catapulted her to runaway success — scored five, including two of the most prestigious.

Her saucy summer hit “I Like It” — which features Puerto Rican Latin trap artist Bad Bunny and Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin — is among those up for Record of the Year.

But last year’s Grammy snub of bilingual mega-hit “Despacito” in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories has critics skeptical that a non-English track, no matter how popular, can score a major award.

Among this year’s major snubs, Jay-Z and his pop queen wife Beyonce were left out of the top categories despite acclaim for their joint project “Everything is Love.”

The Carters did get nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Music Video.

Perennial favourite Taylor Swift appeared to fall out of grace, however, earning just one nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for “Reputation.”


Golden Globes Nominations Ceremony Begins

(L-R) Actors Leslie Mann, Terry Crews, Danai Gurira and Christian Slater prepare to announce the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills, California, on December 6, 2018.


The unveiling of nominations for the Golden Globes began Thursday, kicking off Hollywood’s annual awards season that culminates with the Oscars in February.

The announcements, which come a week before the influential Screen Actors Guild nominations, are the first major bellwether of momentum going into the Academy Awards.

Awards analysis website Gold Derby predicts that music romance reboot “A Star Is Born” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” — a tale of black love adapted from a James Baldwin novel — will top the nominations.

Beyond the frontrunners, a slew of biopics are in the mix — “First Man,” the intimate recounting of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing; Dick Cheney film “Vice” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

The 76th Golden Globes take place on Sunday, January 6 in Beverly Hills. The Oscar nominations come after the Globes this year, on January 22.


Nominations For 70th Emmy Awards In Categories

The stage is set ahead of the nominations announcement for the 70th Emmy Awards on July 12, 2018 at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre in North Hollywood, California.  Robyn Beck / AFP


Here is a list of the nominees in key categories for the 70th Emmy Awards, which were unveiled on Thursday. 

The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on September 17:


“The Americans”

“The Crown”

“Game of Thrones”

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Stranger Things”

“This is Us”






“Curb Your Enthusiasm”


“The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

“Silicon Valley”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”


Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”

Ed Harris, “Westworld”

Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

Milo Ventimiglia, “This is Us”

Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”


Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”


Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Ted Danson, “The Good Place”

Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Bill Hader, “Barry”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”


Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Matt Smith, “The Crown”


Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”

Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”


Louie Anderson, “Baskets”

Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”

Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”

Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

Henry Winkler, “Barry”


Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”

Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”

Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”

Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”


“The Alienist”

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

“Genius: Picasso”


“Patrick Melrose”


“Fahrenheit 451”



“The Tale”

“USS Callister (Black Mirror)”


Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”

Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”

Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”

John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”

Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”


Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”

Laura Dern, “The Tale”

Michelle Dockery, “Godless”

Edie Falco, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”

Regina King, “Seven Seconds”

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”

Top five programs with most overall nominations:

“Game of Thrones” – 22

“Saturday Night Live” – 21

“Westworld” – 21

“The Handmaid’s Tale” – 20

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – 18

Top five platforms with most overall nominations:

Netflix: 112

HBO: 108

NBC: 78

FX Networks: 50

CBS: 34