Could Kendrick Lamar Win Album of the Year at the Grammys?

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2016 Grammy nominations: Are the Grammys ready to get behind hip-hop?.

This year’s Grammy nominations are here – and once again there is speculation about whether the music industry’s highest honor could go to a hip-hop artist.The Recording Academy announced the 58th annual Grammy nominees Monday, honoring artists like Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar with multiple nominations for their work in the past year.

NEW YORK (AP) — Northwest native Brandi Carlile has a crack at a first Grammy award, thanks to her acclaimed album “The Firewatcher’s Daughter,” which has been nominated for Best Americana Album.While none of that trio is a particular surprise – all have been greatly lauded throughout the year and the late 2014 release of Swift’s “1989” album guaranteed she wouldn’t be eligible until the 2016 ceremony (much like Adele – we’ll see plenty of her in 2017) – a few unlikely names popped out.Rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday received a near-record number of Grammy Award nominations, with pop superstar Taylor Swift leading for the most prestigious categories. After the nominations went wide early Monday morning, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and Josh Groban, among others, spread the Grammy love and mentioned their pals who were also nominated. “I am beyond humbled with these nominations.

Chris Stapleton continues to receive a deserved spotlight with his “Traveller” album, which will compete for album of the year along with Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Swift’s “1989,” The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” and Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color.” Country had another strong showing with the frequent presence of – a band with longtime Georgia ties – who scored a high-profile nomination for song of the year with “Girl Crush.” The band was also targeted for nominations for best country duo/group performance, best country song and best country album (“Pain Killer”). Lamar — who has won wide critical acclaim for his politically charged latest album “To Pimp a Butterfly” — earned 11 nominations for the music industry’s biggest awards, the highest number in a single night other than Michael Jackson’s 12 nods in 1984 during the King of Pop’s “Thriller” days. “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Lamar’s first album in nearly three years, is unusually innovative for such a commercially anticipated album with long sections of unaccompanied spoken word, frequent historical allusions and jazzy interludes. Other artists with Northwest connections on the nominee list include Death Cab for Cutie, Bill Frisell, Brandy Clark, Stephen Stubbs, Sub Pop Records and the Seattle Symphony. Lamar’s heavy haul comes in part due to his frequent collaborations with other artists, as he is also nominated for work with the DJ Flying Lotus and Swift herself.

In 2014, Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed, autobiographical “good kid, m.A.A.d city” not only fell short of winning that award, it was also snubbed in the Best Rap Album category, which was widely perceived as an oversight, even by the victor, Macklemore. Along with Little Big Town, whose Karen Fairchild is a graduate of Lassiter High School in Marietta and Kimberly Schlapman a native of Cornelia, several artists with local connections landed in the 83 categories – including former President Jimmy Carter, who received more good news with his nod for best spoken word album (“A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety”). Swift and The Weeknd, the rising Canadian R&B star, followed Lamar with seven nominations each for the Grammys, which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on February 15.

Most of the hip hop and urban categories aren’t televised, but we know that we can always expect to see nominated artists on stage,” BET Associate Editor Taj Rani told MSNBC on Monday. “Kendrick has 11 nods, but it doesn’t negate the constant snubs and lack of understanding for hip hop/rap categories – for that, we have a long way to go. Georgia-related artists own the best contemporary Christian music performance/song categories with showings by Atlanta’s Third Day (“Soul on Fire”) and Crowder (“Lift Your Head Weary Sinner [Chains]”); and Francesca Battistelli (“Holy Spirit”), who recently moved to Nashville from Canton, where her father, Billy Goodwin of Valdosta-based NewSong lives. This is just one step in the right direction.” “To me, music has little to do with race,” Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. “It has more to do with soul and heart and passion and talent.

He’s nominated twice for both best rap song with “Alright” and for co-writing Kanye West’s “All Day,” as well as best music video for “Alright” and “Bad Blood.” “It’s a testimony to his artistry,” Portnow said of Lamar. “He’s someone that’s very serious about his art and about his craft, and has been working it for quite some time. We don’t look at [the nominees] in terms of their ethnic background but in terms of how amazing they are.” And while the academy will not release the demographics of their membership, their past decisions to award the likes of Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock and Robert Plant over the likes of Lil Wayne and Eminem, suggest a cultural and generation disconnect. “Somebody who knows all there is to know about Crosby, Stills & Nash isn’t going to know about rap,” Public Enemy frontman and hip-hop icon Chuck D told the L.A.

Also among nominees for Best New Artist were English singer-songwriter James Bay and Meghan Trainor, the pop star who speaks forthrightly about her struggles with body image. Other prominent Grammy nominees included D’Angelo, the R&B singer who returned to the scene after a 14-year gap by releasing his album “Black Messiah” with little prior publicity. More than 21,000 submissions were entered for the 83 Grammy categories, with the first round of votes due by Nov. 4 — the day the Country Music Association Awards aired and Stapleton cleaned house and turned in a memorable performance alongside Justin Timberlake. This year, when veteran alternative artist Beck pulled off an unexpected upset over West’s friend, the hip-hop influenced songstress Beyoncé , West said he’d had enough. “All I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us.

We ain’t gonna play with them no more,” he said following the awards show. “Because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration and we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place,” he continued. West infamously interrupted a Swift acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, an act which even drew condemnation from President Barack Obama.

Both Bieber and Adele’s new albums will qualify for Grammy nominations next year since they were released after Sept. 30 — the final day for eligibility this year.

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