Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd Lead 58th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees


The nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, with Kendrick Lamar getting the (preliminary) awards recognition he deserves — leading with a near-unprecedented 11 nominations — and the Weeknd and Taylor Swift each scoring seven. (There was also some overlap to seemingly award the continued non-flirtation between Lamar and Swift, as both were nominated for their “Bad Blood” collaboration.)All three of them are in the running for Album of the Year, which drew from across Best Album genres of Urban Contemporary (The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness), Rap (Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly), country (Chris Stapleton’s Traveller), Pop (Taylor Swift’s 1989) and “Alternative” (Alabama Shakes‘ Sound & Color).

The (Grammy-perceived) best in those subcategories included How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Florence + The Machine) and the aforementioned Swift album (notably, there was no love for its melancholy, masculinized Ryan Adams counterpart) for Best Pop Album, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, Drake’s If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, Dr. Dre’s Compton and the Lamar album for Best Rap Album, and Björk’s Vulnicura, Tame Impala’s Currents, Wilco’s Star Wars and the Alabama Shakes LP for Best Alternative Album.

Here’s a sample list of the nominees:

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 “Really Love” — D’Angelo And 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

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

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

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

Best Dance Recording “We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston “Go” — The Chemical Brothers “Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar “Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis “Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

Best Rap Performance “Apparently” — J. Cole “Back To Back” — Drake “Trap Queen” — Fetty Wap “Alright” — Kendrick Lamar “Truffle Butter” — Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne “All Day” — Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

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

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

Best Country Album Montevallo — Sam Hunt Pain Killer — Little Big Town The Blade — Ashley Monroe Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves Traveller — Chris Stapleton

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

The Grammys will be held on February 16 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS. See the full list of nominees over at