Though Jay-Z was the most nominated artist at last year's Grammy Awards, with eight nods, he did not pick up a single trophy, prompting the rapper to perform the lyric "Tell the Grammys f**k that 0 for 8 s**t" on his track "APES**T".
Leading the pack is Kendrick Lamar, who earned a total of eight nominations thanks to his work on the Black Panther soundtrack; he was nominated for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All The Stars" scored a Best Song Written For Visual Media nomination. " That comment closed out a year when Seattle, Washington duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four trophies, including "Rap Album Of The Year", "Best Rap Performance", and "Best Rap Song".
He didn't run away with the crown, though, as Drake was right behind him with seven nominations of his own.
As with a year ago, hip-hop dominated across the board - though in 2018, the Recording Academy fell under sharp criticism after rap mogul Jay-Z left empty-handed and Lamar was shut out of the general categories.
He'll face competition at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, from fellow rappers Drake, Cardi B and Childish Gambino - as well as Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who snared nominations in both of those top categories for their hit "Shallow" from the film "A Star is Born".
This year, the Carters are up for three Grammys, but none of the big four categories (record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist). But Swift was snubbed this year, earning just one nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2017 album "Reputation" - narrowing her chances for another win.
Cardi's nods include Album of the Year, and Record of the Year for "I Like It Like That".
"Everything Is Love" was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
- Best pop solo performance: "Colors", Beck; "Havana (Live)", Camila Cabello; "God Is A Woman", Ariana Grande; "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)", Lady Gaga; "Better Now", Post Malone. Plus, Boi-1da, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams were listed in the Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical category.
Notably, on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, a Grammy-nominated album, the MC/producer took a swing at the awards for a trend he did not like.
Make sure to tune into the 61st Grammy Award ceremony on February 10, 2019.