The music of "Black Panther", with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt.
Then in June, it announced an expansion from five to eight of the 2019 nominee fields for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Meanwhile, Canadian rapper Drake follows closely behind with seven nominations, including song of the year for God's Plan.
While male acts dominated the nominations in the main categories last year, five of this year's best album nominees are women, with Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, HER, Janelle Monae and Kacey Musgraves competing against Drake, Post Malone and the Black Panther soundtrack. His song God's Plan is also vying for best rap performance against Travis Scott's Sicko Mode, a track where Drake appears as a guest.
The Carters will have another chance to add to their massive awards collection at the 2019 Grammy Awards after Jay-Z was snubbed previous year at the same ceremony.
Barbra Streisand's THE MUSIC.THE MEM'RIES.THE MAGIC! is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards.
Six of the 2019 nominees for Best New Artist are women, whose presence in the top categories marked a sharp departure from the previous gala, which saw women snubbed in the major prizes. 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. The nomination kept rock artists from being completely shut out in the major categories.
"Everything Is Love" was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
The Carters ("Apesh*t"), Childish Gambino ("This Is America"), and Joyner Lucas ("I'm Not Racist") were nominated for Best Music Video. J. Cole was also nominated for Best R&B Song, thanks to his contribution to Miguel's "Come Through And Chill". Childish Gambino's "Feels Like Summer" is up for Best R&B Song. Plus, Boi-1da, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams were listed in the Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical category.
Pop star Justin Timberlake - who is no stranger to Grammys nominations and wins - received just one nomination in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for his song "Say Something" with Chris Stapleton.
Brandon, Man. -raised violinist James Ehnes is nominated for classical instrumental solo for his concerto Kernis, while Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian also received a nod for classical compendium.