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2016 Grammy Awards nominees: Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, more

on December 07, 2015, 8:23am

Photo by Killian A. Young

Today, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2016 Grammy Awards. Now in its 58th year, the ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year (Oct. 1st, 2014 – Sept. 30th, 2015).

This year’s leading nominee is Kendrick Lamar, who is up for awards in a whopping 11 categories. The Weeknd is nominated for seven Grammys, Drake is in contention for five, and Alabama Shakes and Florence and the Machine are both in the running for four.

Kendrick Lamar and Alabama Shakes both received Album of the Year nods (for To Pimp A Butterfly and Sound & Color, respectively). They’re up against Taylor Swift (1989), The Weeknd (Beauty Behind the Madness), and Chris Stapleton (Traveller).

Meanwhile, Kendrick’s “Alright” is among the nominees for Song of the Year. In this category, he’ll face off against Taylor Swift (“Blank Space”), Little Big Town (“Girl Crush”), Wiz Khalifa (“See You Again”), and Ed Sheeran (“Thinking Out Loud”).

Record of the Year nominees include D’Angelo’s “Really Love”, The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”, and Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” along with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”.

Courtney Barnett (!) is among the nominees for Artist of the Year alongside James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, and Meghan Trainor.

Best Alternative Album is packed with quality nominees, including Björk (Vulnicura), Tame Impala (Currents), Wilco (Star Wars), My Morning Jacket (The Waterfall), and Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color).

However, the nominees for Best Rock Album are much less impressive, as Death Cab For Cutie (Kintsugi) and Muse (Drones) are up against artists like Slipknot, James Bay, and Highly Suspect.

Alabama Shakes’ “Don’t Wanna Fight” and Florence and the Machine’s “What Kind of Man” are nominated for both Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. The latter category also includes Foo Fighters’ “Something From Nothing” and Wolf Alice’s “Moaning Lisa Smile”.

On the hip-hop front, Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly), Drake (If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late), Dr. Dre (Compton), Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint), and J. Cole (2014 Forest Hill Drive) are the candidates for Best Rap Album.

Kendrick and Drake also picked up nods for Best Rap Song (“Alright” and “Energy”, respectively), as did Kanye West (“All Day”) and Fetty Wap (“Trap Queen”).

Best Rap Performance nominees include Drake (“Back to Back”), Nicki Minaj (“Truffle Butter”), Fetty Wap (“Trap Queen”), and Kendrick Lamar (“Alright”).

Jamie xx (In Colour), Disclosure (Caracal), Caribou (Our Love), and Chemical Brothers (Born In the Echoes) all picked up nominates for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Meanwhile, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar’s “Never Catch Me” is up for Best Dance Recording alongside Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now” and Chemical Brothers’ “Go”.

The nominees for Best Music Video include The Dead Weather’s “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”, ASAP Rocky’s “LSD”, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”, Pharrell Williams’ “Freedom”, and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

Foo Fighters’ HBO mini series Sonic Highways is nominated for Best Music Film alongside Roger Waters’ The Wall documentary and the Amy Winehouse documentary.

Find the full list of nominees here.

The 2016 Grammy Awards take place on Monday, February 15th, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS.

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 and 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 Rock Song:
Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
James Bay – “Hold Back the River”
Highly Suspect – “Lydia”
Florence and the Machine – “What Kind of Man”

Best Rock Album:
James Bay – Chaos and the Chain
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
Highly Suspect – Mister Asylum
Muse – Drones
Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Best Rock Performance:
Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Florence and the Machine – “What Kind of Man”
Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”
Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
Wolf Alice – “Moaning Lisa Smile”

Best Alternative Album:
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Björk – Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
Tame Impala – Currents
Wilco – Star Wars

Best Rap Album:
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre – Compton
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Best Rap Song:
Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney – “All Day”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Drake – “Energy”
Common and John Legend – “Glory”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Best Rap Performance:
J. Cole – “Apparently”
Drake – “Back to Back”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Florence and the Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Best Pop Vocal Album:
Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
Taylor Swift – 1989
James Taylor – Before This World

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Caribou – Our Love
The Chemical Brothers – Born in the Echoes
Disclosure – Caracal
Jamie xx – In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Dance Recording:
Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston – “We’re All We Need”
The Chemical Brothers – “Go”
Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
Galantis – “Runaway (U & I)”
Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
The Internet – Ego Death
Kehlani – You Should Be Here
Lianne La Havas – Blood
Miguel – Wildheart
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

Best Comedy Album:
Lisa Lampanelli – Back to the Drawing Board
Wyatt Cenac – Brooklyn
Jay Mohr – Happy. And A Lot.
Craig Ferguson – Just Being Honest
Louis C.K. – Live at Madison Square Garden

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
Justin Hurwitz – Whiplash

Best Song Written For Visual Media:
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Common and John Legend – “Glory”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You”

Best Music Video:
ASAP Rocky – “LSD
The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Pharrell Williams – “Freedom”

Best Music Film:
James Brown – Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
Nina Simone – What Happened, Miss Nina Simone?
Roger Waters – The Wall
Amy Winehouse – Amy

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