Kendrick Lamar Leads 2016 Grammy Nominees With 11 Nominations. Will They Get It Right Now?

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The 2015 Grammy nominees have been announced, and Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations related to his critically acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly album. His nominations include Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year (“Alright”), Best Rap Album, Best Music Video (“Alright”) and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar).

Kendrick Lamar 2016 Grammy

Other nominees for Best Rap Album include J. Cole for 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Dr. Dre for Compton, Drake for If You’re Reading This Its Too Late, and Nicki Minaj for The Pinkprint.

Fans will recall that 2 years ago, Lamar was nominated for 7 Grammy Awards and walked away empty-handed, despite many believing his good kid, m.A.A.d city album was the album of the year, including Macklemore, who bested Lamar in the Best Rap Album category with his and Ryan Lewis’ album, The Heist. The loss set off a controversy that once again called into question the credibility of NARAS, the organization that determines Grammy winners, with respect to Rap music. Last year, however, Lamar was awarded 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, both for his song “i.”

Other notable nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards include D’Angelo & The Vanguard who are nominated for Record Of The Year, with “Really Love.” Below are some of the nominees for the major categories and click here for the full list:

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 Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

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 Rap Perfromance
“Apparently” – J. Cole
“Back To Back” – Drake
“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap
“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar
“Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj

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