2016 Grammy Nominees Announced

The 58th Grammy Awards

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The nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards have been announced, with Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, The Weeknd and more earning numerous nominations.

Lamar has the most nominations this year with 11, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and all five rap categories. Swift is nominated seven times including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and several pop categories. The Swift and Lamar collaboration on the remix of “Bad Blood” makes up two of each artist’s nominations, being considered in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Music Video of the Year categories. R&B star The Weeknd ties Swift with seven nominations for his Beauty Behind the Madness album, which featured hits including “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” and “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Nashville country artist Chris Stapleton garnered four nominations. Traveller, which took the number one spot on our Albums of the Year list, is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Country Album, and it’s title track is nominated for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. Producer Dave Cobb is also nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on Traveller, in addition to his production on Jason Isbell’s and Houndmouth’s latest albums.

Rock artists aren’t looking to be left out of this year’s ceremony, though. Alabama Shakes is the genre’s frontrunner with Sound & Color earning nominations for Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album, and it’s lead single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” is nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Singer-songwriters Courtney Barnett and James Bay are the only other rock acts nominated in the leading non-genre categories, with nominations for Best New Artist. Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Muse and My Morning Jacket are all nominated in the various rock categories.

In Americana categories, more of our favorite full-lengths of 2015 received nods, including albums by Jason Isbell, Patty Griffin, Punch Brothers, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and Glen Hansard.

Other nominees this year include Ed Sheeran, D’Angelo & The Vanguard, James Taylor, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Tame Impala, Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens and The Mavericks.

Also, Bob Dylan is up for Best Historical Album for The Basement Tapes Complete and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Shadows in the Night. This will be only the second time out of his 40 career Grammy nominations he’s appeared in a pop category.

The 58th Grammy Awards will air Feb. 15, 2016 at 8/7c on CBS. Check out select categories below, and head head over to the Grammys site to see the full list of nominees.

Record of the Year
“Really Love”— D’Angelo & 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

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

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

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

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 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 Album
Chaos and the Calm — James Bay
Kintsugi — Death Cab for Cutie
Mister Asylum — Highly Suspect
Drones — Muse
.5: The Gray Chapter — Slipknot

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

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 Folk Album
Wood, Wire & Words — Norman Blake
Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn — Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn
Tomorrow Is My Turn — Rhiannon Giddens
Servant Of Love — Patty Griffin
Didn’t He Ramble — Glen Hansard

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