Recording artist Kendrick Lamar poses backstage at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 28, 2018 in New York City.
Photo: Christopher Polk (Getty Images for NARAS)

Awards season’s momentum is still going strong and this time it’s chugging along to the sound of music. The nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards are here!

A major thing to note before we get there:

Cardi B wasn’t snubbed for Best New Artist. Though most people were expecting it, Cardi B isn’t eligible for a Best New Artist nomination. She has never been nominated for it—and yes, it’s a big deal because it’s an award you only have one chance at—but her previous nominations (Rap Song and Rap Performance in 2018) disqualified her, per CNN.

And now, for the notables!

Black folks represented in the Big Four (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist), in general.

Kendrick Lamar’s soundtrack Black Panther is so lit. As The Hollywood Reporter noted, Lamar topped the list with eight nominations: “All the Stars” racked up noms for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media, making the song the most winning of awards season so far, having just scooped up a Golden Globe nomination, as well. “King’s Dead,” Lamar’s song with Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, copped noms for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song (two here: one for “King’s Dead” and another for Jay Rock’s “Win”).

Drake has the second-most nominations with seven.

Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., and Jorja Smith stand out in the Best New Artist category.

Record Of The Year boasts folks like Cardi B (“I Like It”), Childish Gambino (“This Is America), Drake (“God’s Plan”) and the aforementioned Lamar.

Cardi did get herself an Album Of The Year nom with Invasion of Privacy. Other standouts in that category include Drake (Scorpion), H.E.R. (self-titled), Janelle Monáe (Dirty Computer) and the Black Panther soundtrack.

Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” has been everyone’s earworm this year, so of course she nabbed a Song Of The Year nomination. Other nominees include “God’s Plan” and “This Is America.”

Beyoncé secured three new nominations, making her the most nominated female artist in GRAMMY history. This year’s three nominations include her duet album with Jay-Z, Everything Is Love:Best Music Video, “Apeshit,” Best R&B Performance nom for “Summer,” and Best Urban Contemporary Album. She’s now the 10th most GRAMMY-nominated and 8th most GRAMMY-awarded artist ever.