Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations, where women make a comeback

Kendrick Lamar topped all recording artists with eight nominations.

NEW YORK — The music of ‘‘Black Panther,’’ with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, owns the 2019 Grammy nominations, where women are heavily represented in the major categories following a year where their presence was barely felt.

The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion to the Marvel juggernaut. ‘‘Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By’’ is up for album of the year, a category where women make up five of the eight nominees. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R., and Brandi Carlile are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone.

The upcoming Grammys is the first where the academy extended its top four categories from five nominees to eight.

The ‘‘Panther’’ nomination would give Lamar a chance to win album of the year after losing three times. His most recent loss was in February when his critically acclaimed ‘‘DAMN’’ fell short to Bruno Mars’s ‘‘24K Magic,’’ though Lamar’s project would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for music two months later, making him the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious honor.

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Lamar’s Top 10 hit, the SZA-assisted ‘‘All the Stars,’’ is nominated for both record and song of the year (a songwriter’s award). Five other songs scored nominations in both categories, including Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘‘Shallow’’ from ‘‘A Star Is Born”; Childish Gambino’s ‘‘This Is America”; Drake’s ‘‘God’s Plan”; Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s ‘‘The Middle”; and Carlile’s ‘‘The Joke.’’

Ella Mai’s ‘‘Boo’d Up’’ and Shawn Mendes’s ‘‘In My Blood’’ earned song of the year nods, while Post Malone’s ‘‘Rockstar’’ and Cardi B’s ‘‘I Like It,’’ featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, round out the nominees for record of the year.

Following Lamar, Drake — the year’s most successful artist — earned seven nominations. Though nominated for album of the year, he was surprisingly shut out of best rap album, where his rival Pusha T earned a nomination.

Drake’s frequent collaborator, producer Boi-1Da, earned six nods, as did Carlile, who also scored nominations in the American Roots category.

Cardi B, Gaga, H.E.R., Morris, Gambino, producer Sounwave and engineer Mike Bozzi scored five nominations each.

The nominees for the 2019 Grammys mark a departure from this year’s show, where women were underrepresented in the top four categories. Of the eight best new artist nominees, six are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. Rock band Greta Van Fleet and country singer Luke Combs also earned nods.

Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was criticized earlier this year at the Grammys when he said women need to ‘‘step up’’ when asked about the lack of women in the top categories, which he later acknowledged was a ‘‘poor choice of words.’’ It forced the academy to launch a task force focused on inclusion and diversity; Portnow later announced he would be leaving the academy in 2019.

‘‘In any given year there could be more folks from one area or one gender or one genre or one ethnicity that are making recordings and being successful with them than in another year. So, in many ways we’re just a reflection of that,’’ Portnow said in an interview with the Associated Press. ‘‘This year clearly there were many women not only making music but making great music and making music that resonates with our peer voters in terms of excellence, and so that certainly is at the forefront.’’

Another milestone for women is in the non-classical producer of the year category, where songwriter extraordinaire Linda Perry earned a nod. She’s just the seventh woman ever nominated for the prize and first since 2004.

The Grammys will hand out awards in 84 categories live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019.