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

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.

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