Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Taylor Swift Lead the Grammy Nominees

Kendrick Lamar leads this year’s Grammy nominees with 11 nominations.  The Weeknd and Taylor Swift are next with seven each.

All three were nominated for Album of the Year . . . along with Alabama Shakes and Chris Stapleton.  This year’s awards include albums released from October of LAST year, up through September of this year.

So that means Taylor’s album “1989”, which came out last October, qualified . . . while Adele’s record-setting album “25”, which came out last month, will have to wait until next year.

Others that missed the cut-off date include:  Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, The Game, Justin Bieber, and One Direction.  Any singles that were released before October WOULD qualify, like Demi’s “Cool for the Summer” . . . although it DIDN’T come away with anything.

Speaking of snubs, Madonna, Prince, Mumford & Sons, Fall Out Boy, and Carly Rae Jepsen got NO LOVE.  Neither didDrake’s “Hotline Bling”, although that’s apparently because he didn’t formally submit it for some reason.

Fetty Wap wasn’t nominated for Best New Artist . . . Lana Del Rey and Kacey Musgraves only got one nomination each . . . andOmarion is NOT happy that his single “Post to Be” was not nominated.

In a long Twitter rant, he said, quote, “‘Post to Be’ is one of the greatest R&B collaborations ever.  Chris Brown, Jhene [Aiko], and myself have been in the game 10+ [years].  Even though people act like it’s easy to make a hit . . .

“And it’s not, as an artist, you look forward to being acknowledged by the game.  The odds have always been against me.  I constantly prove you wrong.  I’ll consistently do great things, and you’ll have to celebrate me.”

When one follower mocked him for whining, he responded, quote, “They laughed at Jesus.”

By the way, the comedians up for Best Comedy Album this year are:  Lisa Lampanelli,Wyatt Cenac, Jay Mohr, Craig Ferguson, and Louis C.K..  And Amy Poehler was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album, along with Patti Smith, Dick Cavett, Jimmy Carter, Janis Ian, and Jean Smart.

CBS will air “The 58th annual Grammy Awards” live on February 15th.

Check out some of the country nominees below…


The Grammy Nominees


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


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


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


Best New Artist:

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor



Best Country Song:

“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 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 Performance By a Duo or Group:

“Stay a Little Longer”Brothers Osborne

“If I Needed You”Joey + Rory

“The Driver”Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley, and Eric Paslay

“Girl Crush”Little Big Town

“Lonely Tonight”,  Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe


(You can sort through ALL 83 categories at Grammy.com.)

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