Grammys: ‘Black Panther’ Scores First Album of the Year Soundtrack Nod Since 2000


Along with soundtracks and songs from movies, notable Hollywood figures were nominated for music’s highest honor, including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Donald Glover, among others.

The nominations for the 2019 Grammys were unveiled on Friday morning, during which Black Panther became the third music soundtrack to earn an album of the year nod in the last 25 years. The LP features efforts from Kendrick Lamar, whom the album was also curated by.

Only two music soundtracks have received nominations in the last 25 years, including 1995’s Waiting to Exhale and 2000’s O Brother, Where Are Thou? Black Panther — along with Lamar, who leads this year’s nominations — made out with a total of five noms. In addition to album of the year, Black Panther’s pop-rap anthem “All the Stars,” performed by Lamar and SZA, is up for record of the year, song of the year, best rap/sung performance and best song written for visual media. Lamar also is nominated for “King’s Dead,” for best rap performance and best rap song, alongside Jay Rock, Future and James Blake.

Black Panther stands alongside fellow album of the year nominees Janelle Monae (Dirty Computer), Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy), Brandi Carlile (By the Way, I Forgive You), Drake (Scorpion), H.E.R. (H.E.R.), Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys) and Kacey Musgraves (Golden Hour).

In the best score soundtrack for visual media, Black Panther is up against Blade Runner 2049, Coco, The Shape of Water and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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