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Drake and Kendrick Lamar lead Grammy Award nominations

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Cardi B, Drake and Ariana Grande are among the nominees

Drake and Kendrick Lamar lead this year’s Grammy nominations, with seven each.

Canadian rapper Drake is up for song of the year for God’s Plan and album of the year for Scorpion.

The nominations for Lamar, who swept last year’s ceremony, are for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack.

Dua Lipa, Jorja Smith and Ella Mai are among the Brits on the nominations list, which was revealed in full on Friday.

Folk singer Brandi Carlile has six nods, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Childish Gambino each have five.

Four of the major categories were expanded this year, to allow for more recognition for women and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) artists.

Song and album of the year are among the categories which will now have eight nominees, instead of five.

The change comes after the Recording Academy created a diversity task force in response to criticism that the winners are usually disproportionately white and male.

The categories which have been expanded are album of the year, record of the year (for best overall song), song of the year (which is specifically for songwriting) and best new artist.

The other categories will continue to include five nominees.

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Bruno Mars walked away from this year’s Grammys with six awards

Bruno Mars swept last year’s awards and caused something of an upset when he won the album of the year prize over Kendrick Lamar.

The 2019 ceremony takes place on 10 February at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

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