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Grammys: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd Lead Nominations

Lamar earns 11 nominations, while Swift and the Weeknd pick up seven each

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Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were among the artists nominated for the Grammys' biggest awards

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Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd were among the artists nominated for the Grammys’ biggest awards as all three artists earned Album of the Year noms. Swift also locked up nominations in the Song of the Year and Record of the Year categories thanks to “Blank Space,” while Lamar’s “Alright” earned a Song of the Year nod and the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” scored a Record of the Year nomination. The 58th annual Grammy Awards will air February 15th on CBS.

Swift’s 1989, Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness will face Chris Stapleton’s CMA Awards-dominating Traveller as well as Alabama Shakes Sound & Color in the Album of the Year category.  

In the Song of the Year category, Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” will challenge “Blank Space” and “Alright.” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Blank Space” reappear in the Record of the Year category alongside “Can’t Feel My Face,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Really Love.”

In the Best New Artist field, Courtney Barnett, Meghan Trainor and Tori Kelly will face off against Sam Hunt and James Bay for the award. Sam Smith won the award this year as part of a huge Grammy night that ended with the British singer taking home six Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me.” Beck’s Morning Phase was the surprise recipient of Best New Album.

Although Swift’s “Shake It Off” was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the 2015 ceremony, her 1989 was released on October 27th, 2014, outside of the eligibility window for the 57th annual Grammys, making it a frontrunner for the 2016 event.

Lamar’s 11 nominations range from Album of the Year and Song of the Year to Best Rap Album, Best Rap Collaboration (“These Walls”) and Best Music Video (“Alright”). While Swift will be Lamar’s strongest competition in the main categories, the two will actually be on the same team for a pair of awards thanks to their “Bad Blood” remix: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video. Lamar also added a dance nomination thanks to his appearance on Flying Lotus’ “Never Catch Me,” which is up for Best Dance Recording.

In the Best Rap Album category, where Lamar’s good kid, m.a.a.d. city lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist in 2014, To Pimp a Butterfly will meet Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive and Dr. Dre’s comeback LP Compton.

Death Cab for Cutie’s Kintsugi, Slipknot’s .5: The Gray Chapter, Muse’s Drones, Highly Suspect’s Mister Asylum and James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm will duke it out for Best Rock Album. The Best Alternative Music Album category boasts Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, Björk’s Vulnicura, Wilco’s surprise Star Wars, Tame Impala’s Currents and My Morning Jacket’s The Waterfall.

The Grammy cut-off was September 30th, making Adele’s multi-platinum smash 25 and its debut single “Hello” ineligible for any awards at the February 15th event. 

Check out the Grammy site for the full list of nominees.

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Taylor Swift1989
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

Record of the Year
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Really Love”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

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 Americana Album
The Firewatcher’s Daughter — Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free — Jason Isbell
Mono — The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers

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)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

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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