Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar Lead Grammy Nominations

The Recording Academy

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys revealed the nominees for the top four Grammy Awards categories Monday morning on CBS This Morning.  This year, rapper Kendrick Lamar is the leading nominee with 11 nods, including Album of the Year.  Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each have seven. 

The Grammys will be held Monday, February 15.

Here are the nominations in the top categories for the top music formats:


Record of the Year
“Really Love” — D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud ” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
“Alright” — Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Girl Crush” — Little Big Town
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran

Album of the Year
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness — The Weeknd

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 Pop Vocal Performance
“Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best Pop Vocal Album
Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine
Uptown Special, Mark Ronson
1989, Taylor Swift
Before This World, James Taylor

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
Shadows In The Night, Bob Dylan
Stages,  Josh Groban
No One Ever Tells You, Seth MacFarlane
My Dream Duets, Barry Manilow (& Various Artists)

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 Rock Song  (Award to songwriter)
“Don’t Wanna Figh,t” Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)
“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Dave Bassett & Elle King, songwriters (Elle King)
“Hold Back The River,” Iain Archer & James Bay, songwriters (James Bay)
“Lydia,” Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)
“What Kind Of Man,” John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + The Machine)

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 Metal Performance
“Identity,”  August Burns Red
“Cirice,” Ghost
“512,” Lamb Of God
“Thank You,” Sevendust
“Custer,” Slipknot

Best R&B Performance
“If I Don’t Have You,” Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up,” Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes,” Jeremih Featuring J. Cole
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“He Is,” Faith Evans
“Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway
“Let It Burn,” Jazmine Sullivan
“Shame,” Tyrese
“My Favorite Part Of You,” Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song (Award to Songwriter)
“Coffee” (Miguel)
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”  (The Weeknd)
“Let It Burn”  (Jazmine Sullivan)
“Really Love”  (D’Angelo And The Vanguard)
“Shame”  (Tyrese)

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 R&B Album
Coming Home, Leon Bridges
Black Messiah, D’Angelo And The Vanguard
Cheers To The Fall, Andra Day
Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson

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 Rap/Sung Collaboration
“One Man Can Change The World,” Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory,” Common & John Legend
“Classic Man,” Jidenna Featuring Roman GianArthur
“These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
“Only,” Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song (Award to Songwriter)
“All Day” (Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)
“Alright” (Kendrick Lamar)
“Energy” (Drake)
“Glory” (Common & John Legend)
“Trap Queen” (Fetty Wap)

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 Solo Performance
“Burning House,” Cam
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton
“Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban
“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Stay A Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You,” Joey+Rory
“The Driver,” Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe

Best Country Song (Award to Songwriter)
“Chances Are”  (Lee Ann Womack)
“Diamond Rings And Old Barstools”  (Tim McGraw)
“Girl Crush”  (Little Big Town)
“Hold My Hand” (Brandy Clark)
“Traveller”  (Chris Stapleton)

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

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Empire: Season 1 (Various Artists)
Fifty Shades Of Grey (Various Artists)
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (Various Artists)
Pitch Perfect 2 (Various Artists)
Selma (Various Artists)

Best Song Written For Visual Media  (Award to Songwriter)
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey).”  (The Weeknd)
“Glory.” (Common & John Legend)
“Love Me Like You Do.” (Ellie Goulding)
“See You Again.”  (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Til It Happens To You.” Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

Best Music Video
“LSD”, ASAP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles).” The Dead Weather
“Alright,”  Kendrick Lamar
“Bad Blood,”  Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom,” Pharrell Williams

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

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