Grammys 2016 Nominations: Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar Lead the Way

Taylor Swift's "1989" was released in October of 2014, but — due to the Grammy eligibility rules — this is its year to shine at the Grammys (even though first single "Shake It Off" was nominated as part of last year's proceedings). The album earned a Grammy nomination for album of the year, announced this morning by Alicia Keys on CBS This Morning, and Swift also picked up nominations for "Blank Space" in the song of the year and record of the year categories. The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, and Kendrick Lamar each picked up two nominations out of the four major categories.

In total, across all categories, Lamar earned 11 — the most of any nominee — with Swift and the Weeknd next in line, with seven each.

The Grammys will take place on February 15, 2016.

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 (Alicia Keys's "favorite" category, she revealed)
"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

New Artist of the Year
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, "Sound & Color"
Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp A Butterfly"
Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"
Taylor Swift, "1989"
The Weeknd, "Beauty Behind The Madness"

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

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, "Piece By Piece"
Florence + The Machine, "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful"
Mark Ronson, "Uptown Special"
Taylor Swift, "1989"
James Taylor, "Before This World"

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, "Heartbeat Song"
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.

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