Urban, Lamar score Grammy nods

Keith Urban and Australian Christian band For King & Country have been nominated for Grammy Awards, while rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake dominated with the most nods.

There were plenty of surprise snubs in the unveiling of the nominees for music’s biggest awards night, with Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce and Jay-Z’s collaborative album Everything is Love receiving the cold shoulder from Grammy voters in the main categories.

Australian country star Urban received his nomination on Friday in the Best Solo Country Performance category for Parallel Line.

Urban faces tough competition for a win at the February 10 61st Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles with Loretta Lynn (Wouldn’t It Be Great), Maren Morris (Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters), Kasey Musgraves (Butterflies) and Chris Stapleton (Millionaire) also nominated in the category.

For King & Country, led by Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, were nominated for best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song for their hit Joy.

Lamar is the top contender for the ceremony with eight nominations, including seven for his music for the Marvel Studios blockbuster film Black Panther.

Black Panther: The Album is nominated for album of the year, a category where women make up five of the eight nominees.

The other contenders are Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile, Drake and Post Malone.

Lamar and SZA’s All The Stars is nominated for both record and song of the year.

Drake earned seven nominations overall.

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 nominations.