It's a big day for the music industry: CBS News officially announced the nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards. This time around, the awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10. A host has yet to be announced, but given all the drama surrounding the hosting of the Oscars, it may take a while for the Academy to choose the right person.

In a surprising contrast to previous years, the nominations for 2019 are much more inclusive in major categories. In fact, the ladies are taking over, and I couldn't be happier. However, like every other year, there are still some surprises, as well as major snubs. Let's dive in, shall we?


In the record category, Brandi Carlile’s "The Joke" will go up against Cardi B’s "I Like It," Childish Gambino’s "This Is America," Drake’s "God’s Plan," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s "Shallow," Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s "All The Stars," Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey's "The Middle," and Post Malone’s "Rockstar."


Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Drake, Brandi Carlile, Post Malone, and Kendrick Lamar all made it into the Album of the Year category as well, in addition to H.E.R.'s self-titled album, Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour," and Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer."

While Record of the Year and Song of the Year saw many of the same nominees, there were a couple differences, including Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" and Shawn Mendes' "In My Blood." BTW, for those who don't know, the Song of the Year award honors the songwriters.

????Congratulations 61st #GRAMMYs Song Of The Year nominees: "All The Stars": Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (@KendrickLamar & @SZA) __________________________________________ "Boo'd Up": Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (@EllaMai) __________________________________________ "God's Plan": Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters ( #Drake @champagnepapi) __________________________________________ "In My Blood": Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (@ShawnMendes) __________________________________________ “The Joke": Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (@BrandiCarlile) __________________________________________ “The Middle": Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (@Zedd, @MarenMorris & @Greymusic) __________________________________________ "Shallow": Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (@LadyGaga & #BradleyCooper) __________________________________________ "This Is America": Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (@ChildishGambino) __________________________________________ Check out our story to see the full nominees list. ????

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And rounding out the Big Four categories, we have the Best New Artist nominees, which include outlaw country underdog Margo Price, pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, fanvfavorite Dua Lipa, British R&B singer-songwriter Jorja Smith, mysterious R&B singer/multi-instrumentalist H.E.R., YouTube sister duo Chloe and Halle, country singer-songwriter Luke Combs, and brotherly rockers Greta Van Fleet.

Of course, like every year, there are some big-name artists missing from these lists. Here are the biggest snubs and most pleasant surprises.

SNUB: Ariana Grande

The Recording Academy said, "Thank u, next" to Grande. She was ignored in the Big Four categories, and only snatched up two nominations in the Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories instead.

SURPRISE: Cardi B takeover

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The Academy recognized Cardi B's takeover in 2018 and honored her accordingly with four nominations — two falling in the Big Four categories. While not all that shocking, it's still a pleasant surprise.

SNUB: Taylor Swift

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Swift, a long-time Grammy fave, with two Album of the Year wins in the past, shockingly received only one nomination, for Best Pop Vocal Album. The Academy could've at least gave her song "Delicate" the honor it deserved by nominating her in the Best Pop Solo Performance category.

SURPRISE: Mac Miller's First Nomination

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It's not all that surprising that Mac Miller was nominated posthumously, but it's pretty surprising this is his first Grammy nomination. His album "Swimming" is up for Best Rap Album.

SNUB: Emo rappers

Despite Spotify's streaming stats proving emo rap gained a ton of popularity in 2018, artists like Juice Wrld, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Pump, and the late XXXTentacion and Lil Peep are completely absent from the 2019 nominations.

SURPRISE: Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves

The highly talented Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has the most nominations of any gal at the Grammys, with a total of six — including three in the Big Four categories. Her album "By the Way, I Forgive You" earned her nominations for both Album of the Year and Best Americana Album, while several songs received nods as well. Following close behind is fellow Nashvillian Kacey Musgraves, who received four nominations for her album "Golden Hour."

SNUB: The Greatest Showman

"The Greatest Showman" soundtrack failed to score an Album of the Year nod, nor any other nominations in big categories. It earned just one nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. This soundtrack has sold more than "Black Panther" and "A Star Is Born," just to put it in perspective, so it is a bit surprising. "Black Panther: The Album," overseen by Kendrick Lamar, who earned the most nominees this year, made it into the Album of the Year category, however. Only two others have been nominated in the past 25 years!