Grammys 2019: Country Stars React to Nominations

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Pulitzer victor, Kendrick Lamar, on Friday, led the pack of nominated artistes in 2019 Grammy Awards.

Rapper Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys and the soundtrack to hit movie Black Panther, which was produced by Lamar, round out the album of the year field.

Quebec City chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy backed the American counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo on ARC, nominated as one of the year's best classical solo vocal albums.

Shawn Mendes emerged with the first Grammy nominations of his career.

Taylor Swift, a two-time album of the year victor, also only earned one nomination. Songwriter Geoffrey Warburton, who also hails from Pickering, shares the In My Blood song nomination with Mendes. Childish Gambino is a one time victor.

In two categories, Drake will compete with himself for the golden gramophone.

The performer, born Aubrey Graham, was also recognized for his contributions to other rappers' tracks, including Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode", which is up for best rap performance.

Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, aka Chloe X Halle, may only be 20 and 18 years old, respectively, but the pop-infused R&B duo from Atlanta has been on the rise for several years already, with their first big break coming when Beyoncé noticed their YouTube cover of her song "Pretty Hurts" and signed them to her Parkwood Entertainment label in 2013. Violinist James Ehnes, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, baritone Gerald Finley and TSO conductor emeritus Peter Oundjian also received Grammy recognition.

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Entertainment Weekly's "Entertainers Of The Year" recipients Cardi B and Childish Gambino both racked up five nominations. British Columbia jazzer Diana Krall, no stranger to Grammy ceremonies, picked up a pair of pop nominations with Tony Bennett.

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.

In other categories, Toronto's Daniel Caesar appeared in the R&B performance category for the second consecutive year, this time for the song Best Part, a duet with California-based singer H.E.R.

Miller's album was nominated for Best Rap Album.

At least Kanye West and Taylor Swift won't be dueling at this year's Grammy Awards. Meanwhile Montreal's Marc-André Hamelin is a chamber music/small ensemble performance nominee for Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Concerto for Two Pianos.

In the decades Hip-Hop has been around, only twice did artists within the Hip-Hop community win album of the year.

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