A battle between upbeat, finely crafted pop and politically minded hip-hop seems to be what’s shaping up for the biggest prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced this morning, in advance of the awards ceremony on Feb. 15.
Leading the way with 11 total nominations is Kendrick Lamar. and his album. To Pimp A Butterfly. But Taylor Swift racked up seven nominations, including three out of the four biggest categories — Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. But R&B singer, songwriter and producer
The Weeknd matched Swift’s total tally.
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.”
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.

Album of the Year

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Taylor Swift – 1989
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 R&B performance

If I Don’t Have You – Tamar Braxton
Breathing Underwater – Hiatus Kaiyote
Planes – Jeremih Featuring J Cole
Earned It – The Weeknd

Best R&B song
Coffee – Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel)
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – The Weeknd
Let It Burn – Jazmine Sullivan
Really Love – D’Angelo
Shame – Tyrese

Best R&B Album

Leon Bridges- Coming Home
D’Angelo and the Vanguard- Black Messiah
Andra Day- Cheers to the Fall
Jazmine Sullivan- Reality Show
Charlie Wilson- Forever Charlie

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 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 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 Traditional Pop Vocal Album

The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern – Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
Shadows In The Night – Bob Dylan
Stages – Josh Groban
No One Ever Tells You – Seth MacFarlane
My Dream Duets – Barry Manilow (& Various Artists)

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 dance/electronic album

Our Love – Caribou
Born In The Echoes – The Chemical Brothers
Caracal – Disclosure
In Colour – Jamie XX
Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü – Skrillex And Diplo

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 Rock Song

Dont Wanna Fight- Alabama Shakes
Ex’s & Oh’s- Elle. King
Hold Back The River- James Bay
Lydia- Highly suspect
What Kind Of Man- Florence

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 Metal Performance

Identity- August Burns Red
Cirice- Ghost
512- Lamb of God
Thank You- Sevendust
Custer- Slipknot

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 Performance

Apparently – J. Cole
Back to Back – Drake
Trap Queen– Fetty Wap
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
Truffle Butter – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
All Day – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

One Man Can Change The World – Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
Glory – Common & John Legend
Classic Man– Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
These Walls – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
Only – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song

Kanye West-All Day
Kendrick Lamar-Alright
Fetty Wap-Trap Queen

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 Music Video

“LSD” – ASAP Rocky
Dexter Navy, video director; Shin Nishigaki, video producer
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” – The Dead Weather
Cooper Roberts & Ian Schwartz, video directors; Candice Dragonas & Nathan Scherrer, video producers
“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar
The Little Homies & Colin Tilley, video directors; Brandon Bonfiglio, Dave Free, Andrew Lerios & Luga Podesta, video producers
“Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
Joseph Kahn, video director; Ron Morhoff, video producer
“Freedom” – Pharrell Williams
Paul Hunter, video director; Candice Dragonas & Nathan Scherrer, video producers

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

Best country song

Chances Are – Lee Ann Womack
Diamond Rings And Old Barstools – Tim McGraw
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Hold My Hand – Brandy Clark
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Solo Performance

Burning House – Cam
Traveler – [[Chris Stapleton]
Little Toy Guns – Carrie Underwood
John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban
Chances Are – Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Stay a Little Longer – Brothers Osborne
If I Needed You – Joey + Rory
The Driver” – Charles Kelley featuring Dierks Bently & Eric Paslay
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

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 &

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

Best jazz instrumental album

My Favorite Things – Joey Alexander
Breathless – Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios – Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
Beautiful Life – Jimmy Greene
Past Present – John Scofield

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