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

Björk, Drake, Flying Lotus, Jamie xx, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Chemical Brothers also pick up nods

Kendrick Lamar // Photo by Killian Young

    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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