Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd are the leading nominees among the just-announced 2016 Grammy Award nominations. Lamar scored 11 nominations this year, more than any other artist, with Swift and The Weeknd tying for second with seven nominations apiece. Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Swift’s 1989 and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness will all compete for Album of the Year, along with Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Alabama Shakes’ Sound and Color. Lamar and Swift are also both up for Song of the Year for “Alright” and “Blank Space,” respectively; “Blank Space” is also up for Record of the Year, as is The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.”
Grammy Nominations 2015, Top Categories:
Album of the Year: Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes; To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar; Traveller, Chris Stapleton; 1989, Taylor Swift; Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd.
Record of the Year: “Really Love,” D’Angelo and The Vanguard; “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars; “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran; “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift; “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd.
Song of the Year (songwriters’ award): “Alright,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams; “Blank Space,” Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift; “Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose; “See You Again,” Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth and Cameron Thomaz; “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge.
Best New Artist: Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Meghan Trainor.
Best Pop Vocal Album: Piece by Piece, Kelly Clarkson; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + the Machine; Uptown Special, Mark Ronson; 1989, Taylor Swift; Before This World, James Taylor.
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson; “Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding; “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran; “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift; “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd.
Best Country Album: Montevallo, Sam Hunt; Pain Killer, Little Big Town; The Blade, Ashley Monroe; Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves; Traveller, Chris Stapleton.
Best Rock Album: Chaos and the Calm, James Bay; Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie; Mister Asylum, Highly Suspect; Drones, Muse; .5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot.
Best R&B Album: Coming Home, Leon Bridges; Black Messiah, D’Angelo and The Vanguard; Cheers to the Fall, Andra Day; Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan; Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson.
Best Rap Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole; Compton, Dr. Dre; If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake; To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar; The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj.
Best Alternative Music Album: Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes; Vulnicura, Bjork; The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket; Currents, Tame Impala; Star Wars, Wilco.
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Ego Death, The Internet; You Should Be Here, Kehlani; Blood, Lianne La Havas; Wildheart, Miguel; Beauty Behind the Madness; The Weeknd.
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