On Friday, the Recording Academy announced its nominations in all 84 categories for the Grammy Awards.

Not surprising: Kendrick Lamar scored more nominations than anyone else. Drake nabbed six, as did Brandi Carlile. Cardi B, Lady Gaga, H.E.R., Maren Morris and Childish Gambino each pulled in five.

Let's be honest: It's a better list than it has been in the past.

But there's room to improve.

Because awards are an important thing that everyone should take very seriously and care about to the point where it affects their daily lives and personal music taste, I took a look at every category and the hundreds of nominations contained therein.

I think I can help.

The Good

» Kendrick Lamar made a soundtrack to a superhero movie — not historically a goldmine of good material — and ended up with one of the best albums of the year. He deserves his nominations and the (hopefully) armful of trophies he'll take home in February for "Black Panther."

» Childish Gambino had exactly one eligible release: the song "This Is America." The track's incredible music video — which amplifies the song's message about pop culture distracting from actual issues like guns, violence, poverty and death — earned a nomination, as did the song itself for record of the year, song of the year and best rap/sung performance. I hope it wins them all.

» Women actually got nominated. A lot. Remember last year when the awards broadcast made an effort to include women wherever possible despite the awards being, well, very light on the female side? This year, five of the eight nominees for album of the year are women —  Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile. And that continues down the list.

» Brandi Carlile is amazing and deserves everything. Just sayin'.

The Bad

» The Grammys expanded its top categories — song, album, record and new artist — from five nominees to eight. This is dumb. I can't recall any time where a deserving album was just out of the running, and this move seems more like a way to draw attention to the Grammys by nominating more famous artists than it is to actually make the awards competitive or inclusive.

» Maybe it's great in the movie (I haven't seen it), but Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" single, "Shallow," doesn't deserve its song or record of the year noms. Its dissonant mishmash of grizzled-singer-songwriter-collabs-with-vocal-acrobat-Lady-Gaga may be a fine metaphor for the film itself, but it makes for a hilariously all-over-the-place song. Pass.

» The Backstreet Boys got a nomination. Somehow. For a terribly generic pop ditty whose title it stole from a famous duet, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." I don't even know, you guys. I guess it's just further proof that anyone can get nominated for a Grammy.

The Ugly

» Post Malone is garbage. He continues to be so while simultaneously being massively popular and, now, Grammy-nominated. Because he needed that tacked onto his ego. Lacking rhythm, dimension and any real talent, he now has four nominations based off a simple sing-song hook of singing "like a rocksta-a-ar" over and over and over and — wait, are my ears bleeding? He will likely get an 8-minute segment of the broadcast, too, at which point I will switch the channel to "Seinfeld" reruns.

» The Grammys still don't have their stuff together in the rock categories. Ghost has been placed into rock, not metal. Beck was nominated in pop and rock. St. Vincent is in rock, not alternative. Who picked these? Can I help next time?

» The country categories once again lean heavy on the Nashville country music machine, giving loads of nominations to Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town and Florida Georgia Line. Some of those could be (or should be) nominated in pop categories. And while there are deserving noms for Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn and Kacey Musgraves, the Americana and folk categories produced far better country music. 

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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