Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd & (Shocker) Taylor Swift: Here Are Your 2016 Grammy Nominees


This year’s Grammy nominees are out, and for the most part, it’s business as usual: a bunch of people who topped sales charts, a couple of wild cards and seemingly random choices (Meghan Trainor, Best New Artist?) and Taylor Swift.

Kendrick Lamar led with eleven nominations and Swifties will be glad to know she got seven, but the unexpected hits are the most interesting. Courtney Barnett was a surprise in Best New Artist; The Internet and Kehlani were both nominated for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” (and yet again we are forced to ask, what the fuck does “urban contemporary” mean).

Amy Poehler and Lisa Lampanelli both got nods for spoken word and comedy albums, respectively; Diplo was nominated for Producer of the Year; and if Hamilton doesn’t win for Best Musical Theater album, there is no god or America. Most of the main categories (and many of the confounding ones) are below; for the full list, for instance if you are dying to know which jams were nominated for Best Surround Sound Album, go here.

Record of the Year

D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Really Love”

Mark Ronson f. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

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

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”

Wiz Khalifa f. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance

Kelly Clarkson, “Heartbeat Song”

Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”

Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

The Weeknd, “I Can’t Feel My Face”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Florence & the Machine, “Ship to Wreck”

Maroon 5, “Sugar”

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

Taylor Swift f. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

Wiz Khalifa f. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night

Josh Grobham, Stages

Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You

Barry Manilow and nem, My Dream Duets

Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece

Florence & the Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special

Taylor Swift, 1989

James Taylor, Before This World

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond f. Zoe Johnston, “We’re All We Need”

The Chemical Brothers, “Go”

Flying Lotus f. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me”

Galantis, “Runaway (U & I)”

Skrillex & Diplo f. Justin Bieber, “Where R Ü Now”

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Caribou, Our Love

The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes

Disclosure, Caracal

Jamie xx, In Colour

Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Florence + The Machine, “What Kind of Man”

Foo Fighters, “Something From Nothing”

Elle King, “Ex’s and Oh’s”

Wolf Alice, “Moaning Lisa Smile”

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red, “Identity”

Ghost, “Cirice”

Lamb Of God, “512”

Sevendust, “Thank You”

Slipknot, “Custer”

Best Rock Album

James Bay, Chaos & the Calm

Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi

Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum

Muse, Drones

Slipknot, The Grey Chapter

Best Alternative Music Album

Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

Björk, Vulnicura

My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall

Tame Impala, Currents

Wilco, Star Wars

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton, “If I Don’t Have You”

Andra Day, “Rise Up”

Hiatus Kaiyote, “Breathing Underwater”

Jeremih Featuring J. Cole, “Planes”

The Weeknd, “Earned It”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Faith Evans, “He Is”

Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”

Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn”

Tyrese, “Shame”

Charlie Wilson, “My Favorite Part of You”

Best R&B Song

Miguel, “Coffee”

The Weeknd, “Earned It”

Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn”

D’Angelo And The Vanguard, “Really Love”

Tyrese, “Shame”

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 R&B Album

Leon Bridges, Coming Home

D’Angelo And The Vanguard, Black Messiah

Andra Day, Cheers To the Fall

Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

Best Rap Performance

J. Cole, “Apparently”

Drake, “Back to Back”

Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne, “Truffle Butter”

Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, “All Day”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World”

Common & John Legend, “Glory”

Jidenna Featuring Roman GianArthur, “Classic Man”

Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, “These Walls”

Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, “Only”

Best Rap Song

Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, “All Day”

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Drake, “Energy”

Common & John Legend, “Glory”

Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”

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 Country Album

Sam Hunt, Montevallo

Little Big Town, Pain Killer

Ashley Monroe, The Blade

Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Latin Pop Album

Pablo Alborán, Terral

Alex Cuba, Healer

Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar

Alejandro Sanz, Sirope

Julieta Venegas, Algo Sucede

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Bomba Estereo, Amanacer

La Cuneta Son Machín, Mondongo

Natalia Lafourcade, Hasta la Raíz

Monsieur Periné, Casa de Música

Pitbull, Dale

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