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Etana gets Reggae Grammy nomination, ending female drought

08 December 2018

Thanks to curating the soundtrack to "Black Panther", Lamar earned nominations that include album, song and record of the year.

Cardi, real name Belcalis Almanzar, will be hoping to finally take a gramophone home after receiving two nominations at the Grammys 2018 for best rap performance and best rap song, but failing to win one. Additionally, rapper Mac Miller, who died in September from an accidental overdose at age 26, earned a posthumous nomination for his album Swimming, marking his first Grammy nomination for best rap album. "This is a welcomed recognition of her many years of hard work and excellent music", said Grange., p The minister also offered special congratulations to Protoje who was receiving his first nomination. The Compton rapper is having a really good week, as he also snagged a Golden Globe nomination for the original song "All The Stars" featuring SZA.

Fort Worth's Leon Bridges received two nominations: Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Bet Ain't Worth the Hand", a track from his second album, "Good Thing", which received a nomination for Best R&B Album.

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"Each of this year's nominees is deserving of this honour and I look forward to the announcement of the victor in the new year", Grange said.

His song "All the Stars" is also in the running for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The other two nominations went to Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey for The Middle and The Joke from Brandi Carlile. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer.

In the new-artist class, female musicians dominate even more: Margo Price, Jorja Smith, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and sister duo Chloe x Halle are all busy preparing their possible acceptance speeches.

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Taylor Swift, a two-time album of the year victor, also only earned one nomination.

"If you're looking for lyrics, if you're looking to cry, if you're looking to think about life, don't listen to hip-hop", he said past year, which is something a person would only say if they're benefiting from a layered, historically significant genre that they fundamentally don't understand, a person who's ignorant about black music and culture. R&B legend Toni Braxton walked away with three nods, including Best R&B Performance, Best R&B, Song and Best R&B Album for Sex and Cigarettes. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also picked up four nominations for the song "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, although the film's soundtrack itself wasn't eligible, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Other famous faces outside of music to earn nominations include Tiffany Haddish and former United States president Jimmy Carter, both up for best spoken word album.

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Kendrick Lamar has won 12 Grammy Awards during his career. The Grammy Awards are scheduled for February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS.

Etana gets Reggae Grammy nomination, ending female drought