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The 2019 Grammy nominations are dividing Twitter

Breakthroughs, snubs, and lots K-pop.

Dec 7, 2018, 2:52 pm


Trixie Reyna 

Trixie Reyna

The nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards hit the internet on Friday, and immediately seized the spotlight on Twitter.

Kendrick Lamar leads the list with eight nods, primarily for the Black Panther soundtrack, which was nominated for album of the year. Drake is also up there with seven nods and Lady Gaga has five—four for the song “Shallow” from A Star Is Born with Bradley Cooper. (The movie’s soundtrack is not eligible for any Grammy nominations, according to the Hollywood Reporter.)

Five out of eight nominees for album of the year are women: Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, and Kacey Musgraves. Even more monumental still, women dominate major categories, as the New York Times points out. It’s a huge deal, especially after the Recording Academy was criticized for not nominating enough women in the 2018 Grammys, as THR notes, and giving only one of eight awards at the telecast to a woman, with Rolling Stone asking “What Do The Grammys Have Against Women?

More and more artists are taking to social media to express their delight over the honors:

Janelle Monae’s reaction to her nomination was also caught on live television while she was being interviewed by CBS News:

As a testament to the popularity of Korean boyband BTS, especially online, Grammy tweets were immediately taken over by fans congratulating the group for their nomination for best recording package. Reading their emotional tweets, you’d think BTS was nominated for top honors.

It’s indeed a huge honor for the Korean music industry, as Billboard‘s K-Pop columnist Jeff Benjamin observes:

On the other hand, several big names were surprisingly snubbed in major awards, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and the Carters (a.k.a. Jay-Z and Beyonce’s collaboration). Naturally, Swift fans are in meltdown mode.


With social media abuzz about Grammy nominees (and snubs), we can expect an exciting awards night on Feb. 10. The 2019 Grammy nominees compilation album is coming Jan. 25, according to Billboard, and you can check out the full list of nominees here.

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*First Published: Dec 7, 2018, 2:52 pm