Recording Academy™ Announces 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® Nominees

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP/BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Recording Academy™ welcomes this year's class of GRAMMY ® nominees and for the first time, celebrates eight nominees in each of the General Field categories: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. This year’s nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions across 84 categories, and reflect the wide range of artistic innovation that defined the year in music (Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2018). As the only peer-selected music award, the GRAMMY Awards ® are voted on by the Recording Academy's membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.

"Reflection, reevaluation, and implementation have been the driving forces at the Recording Academy over the past year," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "From convening our Task Force On Diversity & Inclusion and launching our new community-driven membership model, to increasing the number of nominees in the General Field, and to playing a leadership role in the successful passage of the landmark Music Modernization Act, the Recording Academy has reaffirmed its commitment to music creators across all facets of our industry. And, it’s our awards process that has taken a front seat during this evolutionary period to ensure the GRAMMY Awards reflect the ever-changing needs of the creative community. We are proud of this year's nominations results and congratulate all of the talented and deserving nominees."

"Every year the Recording Academy voting membership has the biggest responsibility within our entire GRAMMY Awards process due to the fact they vote to determine who among their peers are the nominees," said Bill Freimuth, Chief Awards Officer of the Recording Academy. "Once again, their votes have produced an impressive list of nominees across multiple genres, promising music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique GRAMMY moments."

The final round of GRAMMY voting is Dec. 13, 2018–Jan 9, 2019. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, live from Los Angeles' STAPLES Center and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8:00–11:30 p.m. ET/5:00–8:30 p.m. PT.

The following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards' 30 Fields and 84 categories. For a complete nominations list, visit

Record Of The Year
"I Like It" — Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin 
"The Joke" — Brandi Carlile 
"This Is America" — Childish Gambino 
"God's Plan" — Drake 
"Shallow" — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper 
"All The Stars" — Kendrick Lamar & SZA 
"Rockstar" — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage 
"The Middle" — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Album Of The Year
Invasion Of Privacy — Cardi B 
By The Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile 
Scorpion — Drake 
H.E.R. — H.E.R. 
Beerbongs & Bentleys — Post Malone 
Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe 
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves 
Black Panther: The Album, Music From And InspiredBy(Various Artists)

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 
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 (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" — Lady Gaga 
"Better Now" — Post Malone

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 Dance Recording
"Northern Soul" — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford 
"Ultimatum" — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara) 
"Losing It" — Fisher 
"Electricity” — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 
"Ghost Voices" — Virtual Self

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 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 Rap Album:
Invasion Of Privacy — Cardi B 
Swimming — Mac Miller 
Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle 
Daytona — Pusha T 
Astroworld — Travis Scott

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

Best Jazz Vocal Album
My Mood Is You — Freddy Cole 
The Questions — Kurt Elling 
The Subject Tonight IsLove — Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace 
If You Really Want — Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza 
The Window — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Gospel Album
One Nation Under God — Jekalyn Carr 
Hiding Place — Tori Kelly 
Make Room — Jonathan McReynolds 
The Other Side — The Walls Group 
A Great Work — Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Latin Pop Album
Prometo — Pablo Alboran 
Sincera — Claudia Brant 
Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 — Natalia Lafourcade 
2:00 AM — Raquel Sofía 
Vives — Carlos Vives

Best Americana Album
By The Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile 
Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette 
The Tree Of Forgiveness — John Prine 
The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone — Lee Ann Womack 
One Drop Of Truth — The Wood Brothers

Best Comedy Album
Annihilation — Patton Oswalt 
Equanimity & The Bird Revelation — Dave Chappelle 
Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan 
Standup For Drummers — Fred Armisen 
Tamborine — Chris Rock

Best Song Written For Visual Media:
"All The Stars" — Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA), Track from: Black Panther
"Mystery Of Love" — Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens), Track from: Call Me By Your Name
"Remember Me" — Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade), Track from: Coco
"Shallow" — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper), Track from: A Star Is Born
"This Is Me" — Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble), Track from: The Greatest Showman

Producer Of The Year,  Non-Classical
Larry Klein 
Linda Perry 
Kanye West 
Pharrell Williams


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