Kendrick Lamar LEADS Grammy Award Nominations

Rapper KENDRICK LAMAR looks set to dominate the 2016 Grammy Awards after receiving 11 nominations.


The hip-hop star has landed a nod for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly, Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance for Alright and Best Pop/Duo Performance for his appearance on Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood.

He is nominated twice in the Best Music Video category for Bad Blood and Alright, and twice for Best Rap Song for Alright and for his co-writing credit on Kanye West’s All Day.

Lamar also achieved nods for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for These Walls, and Best Dance Recording for his feature on Flying Lotus’ single Never Catch Me.

He is closely followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who have received seven nominations apiece. All three acts will compete for Album of the Year, with Swift’s 1989 and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness featuring alongside Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color) and Chris Stapleton (Traveller).

Swift and The Weeknd also go head-to-head for Record of the Year for Blank Space and Can’t Feel My Face respectively. They are joined by Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Really Love by D’Angelo and The Vanguard.

Other Song of the Year nominees include Swift’s Blank Space, Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Little Big Town’s Girl Crush and See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.

Blank Space and Thinking Out Loud were also named in the Best Pop Solo Performance category, alongside Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do, The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face and Kelly Clarkson’s Heartbeat Song.

Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor are in competition for the Best New Artist prize.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 15 February (16).


The main nominees are as follows:

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

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 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 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 – Can’t Feel My Face

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 Pop Duo/Group Performance:

Florence + 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 Rock Song:

Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight

Elle King – Ex’s and Oh’s

James Bay – Hold Back the River

Highly Suspect – Lydia

Florence + The Machine – What Kind of Man

Best Rock Album:

James Bay – Chaos and The Calm

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

Highly Suspect – Mister Asylum

Muse – Drones

Slipknot – The Gray Chapter

Best Country Song:

Lee Ann Womack – Chances Are

Tim McGraw – Diamond Rings and Old Barstools

Little Big Town – Girl Crush

Brandy Clark – Hold My Hand

Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best Country Album:

Sam Hunt – Montevallo

Little Big Town – Pain Killer

Ashley Monroe – The Blade

Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material

Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best R&B Song:

Miguel – Coffee

The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)

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 Rap Song:

Kanye West – 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 Dance/Electronic 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 U

Best Reggae Album:

Rocky Dawuni – Branches of the Same Tree

Jah Cure – The Cure

Barrington Levy – Acousticalevy

Luciano – Zion Awake

Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots

Best Alternative Music Album:

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Bjork – Vulnicura

My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

Tame Impala – Currents

Wilco – Star Wars

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap – The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern

Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night

Josh Groban – Stages

Seth MacFarlane – No One Ever Tells You

Barry Manilow (& Various Artists) – My Dream Duets

Best Music Video:

A$AP Rocky – LSD

The Dead Weather – I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)

Kendrick Lamar – Alright

Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood

Pharrell Williams – Freedom.