Grange hails Reggae Grammy nominees

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Women made a big hit in the best new artist competition.

This year's nominations is also marked by a significant inclusion, that of seminal band Black Uhuru, whose nomination is a landmark one given that the band won the first Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for their album, Anthem, in 1985.

Artists with DFW backgrounds did very well in the Grammy nominations announced Friday morning, most notably Arlington's Maren Morris and former Grapevine resident Post Malone, each of whom is up for Record of the Year.

While both artists have done well in the past on their own - Beyonce with 22 wins to-date and Jay Z follows just behind with 21 - the couple didn't receive any nominations in the main categories this year, such as Album Of The Year or Song Of The Year. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone.

Kendrick Lamar leads the list of nominees, racking in eight total nominations. The pride of Pickering, Ont., Mendes also has a chance for song of the year, for In My Blood.

Drake is trailing just behind, with seven nominations.

Grande, who has never won a Grammy, was only nominated for best pop vocal album for "Sweetener" and best pop solo performance for "God is a Woman".

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

The nominees for the 2019 Grammys mark a departure from this year's show, where women were under-represented in the top four categories.

Six of the eight best new artist nominees on Friday were women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, British pop star Dua Lipa, and Bebe Rexha. The academy launched an operation centered on inclusion and diversity.

"I feel honoured and truly grateful that an album created independently and supported by Tads Records has been recognized by such a prestigious organization as the Academy Awards group". One fan specifically put themselves out on the line saying he doesn't deserve the album of the year for "Scorpion".

"Everything Is Love" was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album. But three more nods - including and especially "Best Rock Album" - is deeply confusing, to say the least.

But the nominations also resulted in snubs for some of the music industry's biggest stars, such as Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, among others. The only problem is now that the nominations have been announced, people are coming after Drake saying he doesn't deserve it.

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