And the 2016 Grammy nominees are

The nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards have been announced, and it’s a big year for Kendrick Lamar. The rapper scored 11 nominations, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with 7 each. Our very own Ladysmith Black Mambazo also cracked a nomination, which is fantastic news.

Are you surprised, shocked by the nominations? I’m a little surprised that Ed Sheeran’s album is featured in the Best Album category. That was one of the strongest albums and I thought it would’ve been featured more prominently in this list of nominees. I’m happy The Weeknd scored so many. That album is boss!!! Taylor, yeah Taylor… and Kendrick, great news for him. I expect a big of Bad Blood on stage come the 15th of Feb, and I mean in the song sense πŸ˜‰

Album Of The Year:
Sound & Color β€” Alabama Shakes
To Pimp A Butterfly β€” Kendrick Lamar
Traveller β€” Chris Stapleton
1989 β€” Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind The Madness β€” The Weeknd
Watch and share the Album Of The Year category roundup video

Record Of The Year:
“Really Love” β€” D’Angelo And The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” β€” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud” β€” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” β€” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” β€” The Weeknd

Song Of The Year:
“Alright” β€” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” β€” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush” β€” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again” β€” Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud” β€” Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

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

POP FIELD
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Ship To Wreck” β€” Florence + The Machine
“Sugar” β€” Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk” β€” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood” β€” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again” β€” Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

View all the nominees here.

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD
Best Dance Recording:
“We’re All We Need” β€” Above & Beyond Featuring ZoΓ« Johnston
“Go” β€” The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me” β€” Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)” β€” Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now” β€” Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Performance:
“Don’t Wanna Fight” β€” Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man” β€” Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing” β€” Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s” β€” Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile” β€” Wolf Alice

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album:
Sound & Color β€” Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura β€” BjΓΆrk
The Waterfall β€” My Morning Jacket
Currents β€” Tame Impala
Star Wars β€” Wilco

R&B FIELD
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Ego Death β€” The Internet
You Should Be Here β€” Kehlani
Blood β€” Lianne La Havas
Wildheart Β β€” Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness β€” The Weeknd

RAP FIELD
Best Rap Album:
2014 Forest Hills Drive β€” J. Cole
Compton β€” Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late β€” Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly β€” Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint β€” Nicki Minaj

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Album:
Montevallo β€” Sam Hunt
Pain Killer β€” Little Big Town
The Blade β€” Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material β€” Kacey Musgraves
Traveller β€” Chris Stapleton

JAZZ FIELD
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
My Favorite Things β€” Joey Alexander
Breathless β€” Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios β€” Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
Beautiful Life β€” Jimmy Greene
Past Present β€” John Scofield

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
Best Gospel Album:
Destined To Win (Live) β€” Karen Clark Sheard
Living It β€” Dorinda Clark-Cole
One Place Live β€” Tasha Cobbs
Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) β€” Israel & Newbreed
Life Music: Stage Two β€” Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Whatever The Road β€” Jason Crabb
How Can It Be β€” Lauren Daigle
Saints And Sinners β€” Matt Maher
This Is Not A Test β€” Tobymac
Love Ran Red β€” Chris Tomlin

LATIN FIELD
Best Latin Pop Album:
Terral β€” Pablo AlborΓ‘n
Healer β€” Alex Cuba
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) β€” Ricky Martin
Sirope β€” Alejandro Sanz
Algo Sucede β€” Julieta Venegas

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD
Best Americana Album:
The Firewatcher’s Daughter β€” Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind β€” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free β€” Jason Isbell
Mono β€” The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues β€” Punch Brothers

SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
Blood On Snow (Jo NesbΓΈ) β€” Patti Smith
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks β€” Dick Cavett
A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety β€” Jimmy Carter
Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) β€” Janis Ian & Jean Smart
Yes Please β€” Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM
Best Music Film:
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown β€” James Brown
Sonic Highways β€” Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? β€” Nina Simone
The Wall β€” Roger Waters
Amy β€” Amy Winehouse
HELLO #AwardsSeason… The Grammys take place onΒ Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 live from LA. Dear Universe….

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