The Grammy Nominations Have Arrived And They Could Be Worse
    • MONDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2015

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    Let's face it. Of all of the major awards shows, the Grammys are the ones that consistently make the most head-scratching choices. Do you remember the year that Kendrick Lamar lost basically ever rap award to Macklemore or the time that Kid A lost Album of the Year to a Steely Dan record? Yeah, unfortunately, we do too. And it's that time of year again. The Grammy nominations are at hand and they are...better than they have been in past years.

    Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations although the artist who won our album of the year last week should probably hold off on celebrating too much until he wins. Minus pulling in a couple of awards last year for "i," the Grammys haven't been too kind to him in the past. The other two most nominated performers are Taylor Swift and the Weeknd who pulled in 7 nominations apiece. And if you're scratching your head and saying, "Wait...I thought 1989 came out last year?" you're correct; it did. Welcome to the byzantine rules governing what is and is not nominated for Grammys each year.

    Some of our favorite surprises of the nomination process were James Bay and Courtney Barnett getting nods for Best New Artist (we have our fingers crossed that one of them wins and the award doesn't go to Meghan Trainor). It's also nice to see Flying Lotus get some Grammy Love for his Kendrick Lamar collaborative track, "Never Catch Me."

    But let's be honest; here's what's probably going to happen at the Grammys. Taylor Swift will walk home with a bundle of awards for 1989. Newly minted country superstar Chris Stapleton will take home a handful of awards and it will be minted a "surprise." And the artists that made the most serious artistic contributions for the year will continue to be ignored...their nominations the most nod in their directions that they'll get the whole evening. Prove our pessimism wrong, Grammys...please.

    Best New Artist

    Courtney Barnett
    James Bay
    Sam Hunt
    Tori Kelly
    Meghan Trainor

    Record of the Year

    Really Love, D'Angelo & The Vanguard
    Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
    Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
    Can't Feel My Face, The Weeknd
    Blank Space, Taylor Swift

    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

    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 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 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 Dance Recording

    "We're All We Need," Above & Beyond Featuring Zo Johnston
    "Go," The Chemical Brothers
    "Never Catch Me," Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
    "Runaway (U & I)," Galantis
    "Where Are Now," Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

    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 Rap Performance

    "Apparently," J. Cole
    "Back To Back," Drake
    "Trap Queen," Fetty Wap
    "Alright," Kendrick Lamar
    "Truffle Butter," Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
    "All Day," Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

    Best Rap/Song 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" by Kanye West
    "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar
    "Energy" by Drake
    "Glory" by Common & John Legend
    "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap

    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 Country Solo Performance

    "Burning House," Cam
    "Traveller," Chris Stapleton
    "Little Toy Gun," Carrie Underwood
    "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," Keith Urban
    "Chances Are," Lee Ann Womack

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance

    "Stay A Little Longer," Brothers Osborne
    "If I Needed You," Joey+Rory
    "The Driver,"Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
    "Girl Crush," Little Big Town
    "Lonely Tonight," Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

    Best Country Song

    "Chances Are," Hayes Carll, songwriter (Lee Ann Womack)
    "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools," Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton, songwriters (Tim McGraw)
    "Girl Crush," Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
    "Hold My Hand," Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters (Brandy Clark)
    "Traveller," Chris Stapleton, songwriter (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 Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

    Empire: Season 1
    Fifty Shades Of Grey
    Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
    Pitch Perfect 2

    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

    You can find the complete list of Grammy nominees here.

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