dotsKendrick Lamar Tops Grammy Nominations

Published on December 8, 2015 by Sonya's Spotlight
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The awards show will air on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

The nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced on Monday morning.

Kendrick Lamar scored a leading 11 nominations, with Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each earning seven nominations. Drake scored five nominations. Lamar, Swift and The Weeknd will face off in the category of album of the year, going up against Alabama Shakes and Chris Stapleton.

Swift’s “Blank Space” is also up for record of the year, as is The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” They’re up against D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Really Love”; “Uptown Funk,” from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars; and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

Lamar and Swift will also vie for the song of the year Grammy, with Lamar’s “Alright” going up against Swift’s “Blank Space.” Other nominees in the category, which awards the songwriter, are Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” and Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

The best new artist nominees are Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s Furious 7 soundtrack hit “See You Again” scored three nominations, including ones for song of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best song written for visual media. Two songs from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack — Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and The Weeknd’s “Earned It” — also scored multiple nominations. “Love Me Like You Do” is up for best pop solo performance and best song written for visual media. “Earned It” is up for best R&B performance, best R&B song and best song written for visual media. Meanwhile, Dr. Dre’s Straight Outta Compton-inspired release Compton is up for best rap album.

The best song written for visual media category includes a number of Oscar hopefuls. Beyond “See You Again” and the Fifty Shades selections, Lady Gaga and Diane Warren’s “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground is up for the Grammy. Those songs will face off against last year’s Oscar winner for best song, Common and John Legend’s “Glory.”

Past and present Oscar hopefuls are also represented in the categories of best compilation soundtrack for visual media and best score soundtrack for visual media. The first category includes the soundtracks from best song Oscar hopefuls, Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2 as well as the soundtracks for 2015 Oscar nominee and winner, respectively, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me and Selma. The latter category includes the soundtracks of 2015 Oscar winners Birdman, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

Amy Poehler is up for best spoken word album for the audio book of Yes Please. Other nominees in that category are Patti Smith (Blood On Snow), Dick Cavett (Brief Encounters), Jimmy Carter (A Full Life) and Janis Ian & Jean Smart (Patience and Sarah). In the category of best comedy album, Louis C.K.’s Live at Madison Square Garden is up against Lisa Lampanelli’s Back to the Drawing Board, Wyatt Cenac’s Brooklyn, Jay Mohr’s Happy. And A Lot. and Craig Ferguson’s Just Being Honest.

The first batch of nominees was announced on CBS This Morning with the full list released later on Monday.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET, live from L.A.’s Staples Center.


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