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Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift lead Grammy Nominations this year

Earlier today the nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy. This year’s nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered according to CBS, the network that will be airing this year’s award show.

As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy’s membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY ballots will be mailed December 16, 2015. 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each have earned seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martin has received six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes have each earned five nominations.

“The diversity in the creative community is what makes music a universal language, and it’s gratifying to see the vibrancy of today’s artistic landscape reflected in this year’s nominations — a testament to The Academy’s voting members,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music.”

The eclectic nature of this year’s nominations is perhaps best exemplified in the Album Of The Year category, where nominees range from the alternative and soulful rock of Alabama Shakes to Lamar’s thought-provoking jazz-infused rap, the classic country sounds of Chris Stapleton, the pop emergence of Swift, and the genre-bending R&B style of The Weeknd. Here are this year’s major categories and their nominations.

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:

  • “Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
  • “Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
  • “See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
  • “Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist:

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

  • “Ship To Wreck” — Florence + The Machine
  • “Sugar” — Maroon 5
  • “Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

Best Dance Recording:

  • “We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
  • “Go” — The Chemical Brothers
  • “Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis
  • “Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

Best Rock Performance:

  • “Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
  • “What Kind Of Man” — Florence + The Machine
  • “Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters
  • “Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
  • “Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

Best Alternative Music Album:

  • Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
  • Vulnicura — Björk
  • 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

Best Rap Album:

  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
  • Compton — Dr. Dre
  • If Youre Reading This Its Too Late — Drake
  • To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
  • The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

Best Country Album:

  • Montevallo — Sam Hunt
  • Pain Killer — Little Big Town
  • The Blade — Ashley Monroe
  • Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves
  • Traveller — Chris Stapleton

Best Gospel Album:

  • Destined To Win (Live) — Karen Clark Sheard
  • Living It — Dorinda Clark-Cole
  • One Place Live — Tasha Cobbs
  • Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) — Israel & Newbreed
  • Life Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

  • Whatever The Road — Jason Crabb
  • How Can It Be — Lauren Daigle
  • Saints And Sinners — Matt Maher
  • This Is Not A Test — Tobymac
  • Love Ran Red — Chris Tomlin

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):

  • Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø) — Patti Smith
  • Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks — Dick Cavett
  • A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety — Jimmy Carter
  • Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) — Janis Ian & Jean Smart
  • Yes Please — Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

Best Music Film:

  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown
  • Sonic Highways — Foo Fighters
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone
  • The Wall — Roger Waters
  • Amy — Amy Winehouse

 

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