As with previous year, 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. The singer has released seven well-received, musically eclectic albums but has never won a Grammy.
But a few of the more public snubs are getting attention, including Grammy heavyweights Beyonce and Jay Z for their long-awaited joint album, Everything Is Love.
Then in June, it announced an expansion from five to eight of the 2019 nominee fields for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Taylor Swift was also snubbed by the Recording Academy over her album "Reputation". Mac Miller's Swimming and Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD are both nominated for Best Rap Album alongside Cardi's album.
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").
Genre darling Chris Stapleton generally sweeps major categories at different country music awards shows, but the singer-songwriter only received nominations in the Grammys' country categories. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer.
While male acts dominated the nominations in the main categories last year, five of this year's best album nominees are women, with Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, HER, Janelle Monae and Kacey Musgraves competing against Drake, Post Malone and the Black Panther soundtrack.
Other nominated solos are by violinist Regina Carter, on the title track of Karrin Allyson's Some Of That Sunshine; trumpeter John Daversa, on "Don't Fence Me In", from his big band album American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom; and Zenón, for "Cadenas", from Yo Soy La Tradición, which is also a nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album.
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.