Women Artists 'Step Up' in Grammy Nominations

Can 2019 Grammy Award nominations avoid last year's #GrammysSoMale criticisms

Janelle Monae. seen at the 2016 Grammy Awards had one of 2018's most talked-about albums

It's doubtful that Cardi B is complaining, though, considering she is nominated for five awards, including record of the year and album of the year. Drake is trailing just behind, with seven nominations.

Check out some of the biggest snubs and surprises from the 2019 Grammys nominations ahead of the show on February 10, which you can catch live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards have just been unveiled.

Earlier this year, singer Beyonce and her husband and rapper Jay Z released an album called "Everything Is Love". Although he was nominated for album of the year, surprisingly, he did not win a place in the best rap album competition.

No Canadians were nominated for best comedy album.

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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. Whether people want to admit or not, Hip-Hop IS popular music and we should hope that the coveted Grammy awards recognize this, which means a lot of our artists should take home some mini-gold phonographs for their mantles.

Kelsea Ballerini, whose Unapologetically was nominated for Best Country Album, shared a moving post in which she explained that while she had accepted the fact that her album wasn't critically acclaimed, she was thrilled to have been recognized by the Recording Academy.

The 25-year-old has never won a Grammy or received a nomination in any of the biggest categories.

- Best pop vocal album: "Camila", Camila Cabello; "Meaning of Life", Kelly Clarkson; "Sweetener", Ariana Grande; "Shawn Mendes", Shawn Mendes; "Beautiful Trauma", Pink; "Reputation", Taylor Swift.

As with a year ago, hip-hop dominated across the board - though in 2018, the Recording Academy fell under sharp criticism after rap mogul Jay-Z left empty-handed and Lamar was shut out of the general categories.

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Another milestone for women is in the non-classical producer of the year category, where songwriting extraordinaire Linda Perry earned a nomination. The OVO superstar's Scorpion is also in the Album Of The Year race.

Demi Lovato, who relapsed after six years of sobriety and was hospitalized for an overdose in July, earned a nomination for best pop duo/group performance for "Fall In Line", her duet with Christina Aguilera.

This year, the Carters are up for three Grammys, but none of the big four categories (record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist). His album "Ye" did not receive any nods.

The Black Panther soundtrack, which he was heavily involved in, was nominated for Album Of The Year, while the score was nominated for Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. Her debut LP Invasion of Privacy was nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album.

- Best dance/electronic album: "Singularity", Jon Hopkins; "Woman Worldwide", Justice; "Treehouse", Sofi Tukker; "Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides", SOPHIE; "Lune Rouge", TOKiMONSTA.

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Rap as a genre has dominated the nominations, with five of the top six most-nominated artists being rappers.

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