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The 2019 Grammy Nominations Are Here and They’re Full of Surprises

It’s the best day of the year, y’all! And no, we don’t mean Christmas. The 2019 Grammy nominations were announced early this morning, and to say this year’s noms are kinda shocking would be, well, the understatement of the century. Like every year, reading the list of nominees was an emotional rollercoaster. While we agreed with a bunch of this year’s choices, so many others made us scratch our heads in confusion.

For starters, Taylor Swift was only nominated in one category for her last album, Reputation. If that’s not confusing enough for you, she wasn’t even nominated in the Album of the Year category. WTF?!

Of course, Tay wasn’t the only musician who was majorly snubbed by the Grammys today. Justin Timberlake barely received any recognition for the masterpiece that was his Man of the Woods album, which is just SO confusing.

Then, of course, there’s Ariana Grande. This year, Ari was arguably the most successful female artist in the game, so what gives? Beats us! The “Thank U, Next” singer was nominated twice, but neither of those noms were in the top four most important categories.

It’s not all bad news, though! The list also included a bunch of pleasant surprises. For example, the Black Panther soundtrack earned a nom for — wait for it — Album of the Year! Then, of course, Maren Morris was nominated for her cover (that’s right, cover) of Elton John‘s “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.” And the nom that warmed all of our hearts? Mac Miller‘s first-ever Grammy nomination for his Swimming album.

Clearly, 2018 was a HUGE year for music, and even with all of those snubs and surprises, we can’t even venture to guess who’s going to be leaving next year’s awards ceremony with a shiny, golden gramophone. Still, it doesn’t hurt to guess, right?!

Check out the 2019 nominees HERE:

Record Of The Year

“I Like It”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
(Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer)

“The Joke”
Brandi Carlile
(Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer)

“This is America”
Childish Gambino
(Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali & Riley Mackin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer)

“God’s Plan”
Drake
(Boi-1Da, Cardo & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer)

“Shallow”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
(Lady Gaga & Benjamin Rice, producers; Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer)

“All The Stars”
Kendrick Lamar & SZA
(Al Shux & Sounwave, producers; Sam Ricci & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer)

“Rockstar”
Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
(Louis Bell & Tank God, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer)

“The Middle”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
(Grey, Monsters & Strangerz & Zedd, producers; Grey, Tom Morris, Ryan Shanahan & Zedd, engineers/mixers; Mike Marsh, mastering engineer)

Album Of The Year

Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B
(Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Belcalis Almanzar & Jorden Thorpe, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer)

By The Way, I Forgive You
Brandi Carlile
(Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Dave Cobb & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer)

Scorpion
Drake
(Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters; Chris Athens, mastering engineer)

H.E.R.
H.E.R.
(Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Darhyl Camper Jr & H.E.R., songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer)

Beerbongs & Bentleys
Post Malone
(Louis Bell & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell & Austin Post, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer)

Dirty Computer
Janelle Monáe
(Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer)

Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves
(Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Craig Alvin & Shawn Everett, engineers/mixers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers)

Black Panther: The Album
Various Artists
(Kendrick Lamar, featured artist; Kendrick Duckworth & Sounwave, producers; Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer; Kendrick Duckworth & Mark Spears, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer)

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

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet

H.E.R.

Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Colors”
Beck

“Havana (Live)”
Camila Cabello

“God is a Woman”
Ariana Grande

“Joanne”
Lady Gaga

“Better Now”
Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fall in Line”
Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Backstreet Boys

“‘S Wonderful”
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

“Shallow”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“Girls Like You”
Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B

“Say Something”
Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton

“The Middle”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila
Camila Cabello

Meaning of Life
Kelly Clarkson

Sweetener
Ariana Grande

Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes

Beautiful Trauma
P!nk

Reputation
Taylor Swift

Best Rock Performance

“Four Out of Five”
Arctic Monkeys

“When Bad Does Good”
Chris Cornell

“Made An America”
THE FEVER 333

“Highway Tune”
Greta Van Fleet

“Uncomfortable”
Halestorm

Best Rock Song

“Black Smoke Rising”
Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)

“Jumpsuit”
Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)

“Mantra”
Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)

“Masseduction”
Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)

“Rats”
Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best Rock Album

Rainer Fog
Alice In Chains

M A N I A
Fall Out Boy

Prequelle
Ghost

From The Fires
Greta Van Fleet

Pacific Daydream
Weezer

Best Alternative Music Album

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Arctic Monkeys

Colors
Beck

Utopia
Björk

American Utopia
David Byrne

MASSEDUCTION
St. Vincent

Best R&B Performance

“Long As I Live”
Toni Braxton

“Summer”
The Carters

“Y O Y”
Lalah Hathaway

“Best Part”
H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar

“First Began”
PJ Morton

Best R&B Song

“Boo’d Up”
Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

“Come Through and Chill”
Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)

“Feels Like Summer”
Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

“Focus”
Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“Long As I Live”
Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

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 R&B Album

Sex & Cigarettes
Toni Braxton

Good Thing
Leon Bridges

Honestly
Lalah Hathaway

H.E.R.
H.E.R.

Gumbo Unplugged (Live)
PJ Morton

Best Rap Performance

“Be Careful”
Cardi B

“Nice For What”
Drake

“King’s Dead”
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake

“Bubblin”
Anderson .Paak

“Sicko Mode”
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Like I Do”
Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink

“Pretty Little Fears”
6lack Featuring J. Cole

“This Is America”
Childish Gambino

“All The Stars”
Kendrick Lamar & SZA

“Rockstar”
Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

Best Rap Song

“God’s Plan”
Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

“King’s Dead”
Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)

“Lucky You”
R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)

“Sicko Mode”
Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)

“Win”
K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best Rap Album

Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B

Swimming
Mac Miller

Victory Lap
Nipsey Hussle

Daytona
Pusha T

Astroworld
Travis Scott

Best Country Solo Performance

“Wouldn’t It Be Great?”
Loretta Lynn

“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”
Maren Morris

“Butterflies”
Kacey Musgraves

“Millionaire”
Chris Stapleton

“Parallel Line”
Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Shoot Me Straight”
Brothers Osborne

“Tequila”
Dan + Shay

“When Someone Stops Loving You”
Little Big Town

“Dear Hate”
Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill

“Meant To Be”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song

“Break Up In The End”
Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)

“Dear Hate”
Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)

“I Lived It”
Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

“Space Cowboy”
Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

“Tequila”
Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

“When Someone Stops Loving You”
Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album

Unapologetically
Kelsea Ballerini

Port Saint Joe
Brothers Osborne

Girl Going Nowhere
Ashley McBryde

Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves

From A Room: Volume 2
Chris Stapleton

For the complete list of nominees, head over to the Grammy website.

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