Lamar Leads 2016 Grammy Nominations
Nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards were announced on Dec. 7. Several artist racked up multiple nominations, rapper Kendrick Lamar receiving the most. With a total of eleven nominations, Lamar received nominations for album of the year and song of the year among others. Falling just short of Lamar with seven nominations each were Taylor Swift and the Weekend, both receiving nominations for album of the year. Lamar’s “Butterfly,” Swift’s “1989,” and the Weekend’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” will compete for album of the year against “Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes and “Traveller” by Country singer and songwriter Chris Stapleton.
Lamar and Swift are also nominated for song of the year, which is an award designated for songwriters. Lamar’s “Alright” and Swift’s “Blank Space” will compete with works by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, and Little-Big Town.
Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” which reached No. 1 on the charts competes with some of the year’s other number one hits, “Blank Space” by Swift, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, “Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weekend, and “Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard.
This year saw more than 21,000 submissions for the 83 Grammy categories in the first round. The second round of voting will begin during the week of Dec. 13 and end on Jan. 15, 2016.
For a full list of nominees, click here.
The 58th Grammys is scheduled to take place at the Los Angeles’s Staples Center on Feb. 15 2016, and the program will air live.