THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS

Grammy nominations are due Friday. Here are three story lines to follow

After last year's show sparked a major backlash, the Recording Academy created a diversity task force responding to criticism that the show was consistently too male and too white, and ultimately expanded four of the top categories from five nominees to eight. Here are some other snubs and surprises from Friday's announcement. Drake is trailing just behind, with seven nominations. Jay-Z has voiced his discontent with the Recording Academy before.

Behind him is Drake who is nominated for: Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year ("God's Plan"), Best Rap Song ("God's Plan" and "Sicko Mode"), and two for Best Rap Performance ("Nice for What" and "Sicko Mode"). Cardi will also compete for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance ("Be Careful"), and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her Maroon 5 collaboration "Girls Like You". Maybe they can even bond over the snubs.

Among artists with Chicago connections, the nominees included Fall Out Boy for best rock album ("Mania"); Kanye West for best producer, nonclassical; John Prine for best Americana album ("The Tree of Forgiveness"); and Jeff Tweedy for best American roots song (Mavis Staples' "Build a Bridge"). Their direct competitors are Gregory Porter, for Nat "King" Cole & Me, as well as Seal, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, for albums largely featuring songbook standards. "2 GRAMMY NOMS so grateful, wow God is incredible". Even "No Tears Left to Cry", her response to the Manchester terror attack, picked up no nods. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer.

Critics love Brandi Carlile, but the folk singer-songwriter is not exactly a household name.

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Thanks to the hit "Black Panther" film Lamar - whose album "DAMN" won the Pulitzer Prize for music this year - once again has a chance to win the coveted Album of the Year prize after three prior losses.

And Cardi B - the 26-year-old rapper from New York's Bronx neighborhood whose "Bodak Yellow" catapulted her to runaway success - scored five, including two of the most prestigious.

Besides Carlile, the record of the year nominees included Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin ("I Like It"); Drake ("God's Plan"); Childish Gambino ("This is America"); Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ("Shallow"); Lamar and SZA ("All the Stars"); Post Malone ("Rockstar"); and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey ("The Middle").

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