Kendrick Lamar Leads 2016 Grammy Nominations With 11

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27:  Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock concert at Staples Center on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Kendrick Lamar Leads 2016 Grammy Nominations With 11

The Weeknd also racks up five nods as hip hop/R&B is all over the 2016 Grammy noms list.

Published December 7, 2015

Let’s face it, 2015 blew away 2014 when it comes to hip hop and most of that has to do with the albums released.

At the top of that albums list a lot of people have Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly including the Grammy Awards. The preeminent music award foundation released its annual list of nominations Monday (December 7) and K. Dot – along with his third solo studio LP – is all over it. He was nominated 11 times including potential honors for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap Album.

Kendrick was just one of many stars in the world of hip hop and R&B to make the list. The Weeknd found himself on the list five times as his Beauty Behind the Madness will also compete for Album of the Year. D’Angelo, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Big Sean, John Legend, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Miguel, Dr. Dre, J. Cole and Flying Lotus all made the list of nominations.

Country pop star Taylor Swift was the second-most nominated artist across all genres with seven nods. She and Kendrick teamed up for a remix of “Bad Blood,” which was nominated for both Pop/Duo Vocal Performance and Music Video.

This isn’t the first time Kendrick Lamar found himself all over the Grammy Award nominations list. He was nominated for and won awards last year for his single “i”, which would eventually find its way onto To Pimp a Butterfly. At the 2014 Grammy’s he racked up seven nods, however it was his loses that were most memorable as Macklemore infamously apologized to the Compton native for winning Best Rap Album through a text he regrettably shared with the public.

View a list of 2016 Grammy Nominations below. (The full list can be seen here.)

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

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

“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

Best Rap 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

“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 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 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 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 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 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 Alternative Music Album

Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura — Björk
The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket
Currents — Tame Impala
Star Wars — Wilco

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 Jazz Instrumental Album

My Favorite Things — Joey Alexander
Breathless — Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
Beautiful Life — Jimmy Greene
Past Present — John Scofield

Best Gospel Album

Destined to Win (Live) — Karen Clark Sheard
Living It — Dorinda Clark-Cole
One Place Live — Tasha Cobbs
Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) — Israel & Newbreed
Life Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Whatever the Road — Jason Crabb
How Can It Be — Lauren Daigle
Saints and Sinners — Matt Maher
This Is Not a Test — Tobymac
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(Photo: Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Written by Paul Meara


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