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Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Alabama Shakes lead the 2016 Grammy noms

(Photo: Getty Images)
(Photo: Getty Images)

The nominees for the 2016 Grammy Awards were announced Monday morning, and Kendrick Lamar leads the musical pack with 11 nominations, including nods for Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year. The Weeknd is in second with nine nominations, and Alabama Shakes and Taylor Swift tie for third place with six nominations apiece. All four of these frontrunners will compete for Album Of The Year, but only one of them made it onto The A.V. Club’s best albums of 2015 list.


Elsewhere, Swift will try to best her pal Ed Sheeran for Best Pop Solo Performance, and is partnered with Lamar in the contest for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Wilco’s Star Wars has entered the Best Alternative Music Album fray along with Tame Impala and Björk. Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane is up against Josh Groban and Bob Dylan in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, because that’s a thing that happens these days. And the Best Music Film category pits Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways against the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? And in case you were wondering, Adele’s 25 was released too late for consideration in the 2016 awards show.

We have some more notable categories and nominees for you below, but you can find the complete list here. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air on February 15, 2016 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

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

Song of the Year
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

Record of the Year
“Really Love,” D’Angelo And The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel my Face,” The Weeknd

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 Solo 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 New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

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

Best Alternative Music Album
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura, Björk
The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket
Currents, Tame Impala
Star Wars, Wilco

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 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 Song
“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes
“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
“Hold Back The River,” James Bay
“Lydia,” Highly Suspect
“What Kind Of Man,” Florence + The Machine

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 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 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 Dance/Electronic Album
Our Love, Caribou
Born In The Echoes, The Chemical Brothers
Caracal, Disclosure
In Colour, Jamie XX
Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü, Skrillex And Diplo

Best Music Film
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, Alex Gibney, video director; Peter Afterman, Mick Jagger, et al., video producers
Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl, video director; John Cutcliffe, et al., video producers
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, video director; Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, et al., video producers
The Wall, Sean Evans and Roger Waters, video directors; Clare Spencer and Roger Waters, video producers
Amy, Asif Kapadia, video director; James Gay-Rees, video producer

Best Spoken Word Album (includes poetry, audio books, and storytelling)
Blood On Show (Jo Nesbø), Patti Smith
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks, Dick Cavett
A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety, Jimmy Carter
Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller), Janis Ian and Jean Smart
Yes, Please, Amy Poehler (and various artists)

Best Rap Album
2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole
Compton, Dr. Dre
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj

Best Rap Song
“All Day,” Kanye West, Sean Combs, Paul McCartney, Ernest Brown, et al., songwriters (Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney)
“Alright,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
Energy,” Richard Dorfmeister, A. Graham, Marcus Kienzl, et al., songwriters (Drake)
“Glory,” Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith, and John Stephens, songwriters (Common and John Legend)
“Trap Queen,” Tony Fadd and Willie J. Maxwell, songwriters (Fetty Wap)

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

Best Rap Performance:
“Apparently,” J. Cole
“Back To Back,” Drake
“Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
“All Day,” Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney