Drake, Shawn Mendes, Diana Krall among Canadians up for Grammys

Can 2019 Grammy Award nominations avoid last year's #GrammysSoMale criticisms

Lamar, the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, Drake, Cardi B and Carlile also garnered nominations for record of the year. Musgraves, also a guitarist, co-produced her entire album, "Golden Hour", which earned four nominations, including best country album, best country solo performance ("Butterflies") and best country song ("Space Cowboy").

The nominees were announced Friday (Dec. 7).

Demi Lovato, who relapsed after six years of sobriety and was hospitalized for an overdose in July, earned a nomination for best pop duo/group performance for "Fall In Line", her duet with Christina Aguilera. Instead, country singer Kacey Musgraves beat him to the punch with a nomination for album of the year.

They are joined by singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Brandi Carlile, whose recent album is critically acclaimed and scored nominations in the big three categories, and Cardi B - a former stripper, social media darling and reality star who has become a pop culture sensation now competing for both album and record of the year. The album also received a nomination for Best Recording Package. Rock band Greta Van Fleet and country singer Luke Combs also earned nominations. He said women need to "step up" if they wanted more nominations in the top categories.

"The Album, Music From and Inspired By" is up for Album of the Year". Cardi is the only woman nominated in the rap categories, with social media now adding more fuel to the fire surrounding the highly publicized feud between her and Nicki Minaj.

It forced the academy to launch a new taskforce focused on inclusion and diversity; Portnow also announced he would be leaving the academy in 2019. Or how about Drake just becoming the number one selling artist in the US of all-time according to RIAA.

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Drake's Toronto-based collaborator Boi-1da was nominated as producer for his body of work this year, which includes songs with Cardi B, G-Eazy, and Beyonce and Jay-Z's project the Carters. Cardi's "I Like It" gained a Record of the Year nod.

- Best pop vocal album: "Camila", Camila Cabello; "Meaning of Life", Kelly Clarkson; "Sweetener", Ariana Grande; "Shawn Mendes", Shawn Mendes; "Beautiful Trauma", Pink; "Reputation", Taylor Swift.

Following the testosterone jamboree of the 2018 Grammys, all industry eyes were on the 2019 nominations, anticipating something approaching gender equality.

Kendrick Lamar has won 12 Grammy Awards during his career.

Make sure to tune into the 61st Grammy Award ceremony on February 10, 2019.

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