Grammy nominations 2016 list: Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd lead …

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16 snubs, surprises of the 2016 Grammy nominations.

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.

This year’s top nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards — presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences — include Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar (who received 11 nominations), megastar Taylor Swift (seven nominations), and Canadian crooner the Weeknd (seven).NEW YORK Kendrick Lamar is the king of the Grammys: The rapper is the leading nominee for the 2016 awards with 11, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and song of the year for “Albright.” Lamar, who won two Grammys earlier this year, is followed by Taylor Swift and the Weeknd, who each earned seven nominations, including album of the year. “Butterfly,” “1989” and “Beauty Behind the Madness” will battle country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” and rock group Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color” for the top prize. “All right” and Swift’s “Blank Space” are nominated for song of the year, a songwriter’s awards. While many fan favorites sneaked in under the radar, here are some artists, songs and albums that the Recording Academy overlooked: Both ’80s icons returned in huge ways this year with new albums: Madonna, touting her dance-heavy 13th effort Rebel Heart; and Prince, with Tidal exclusive HITNRUN Phase One. 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. But lo and behold, neither could muster any love from the academy (save for Madge collaborator Diplo, whose work on Heart helped nab him recognition for producer of the year).

Lamar’s other nominations include best rap album for “Butterfly,” rap performance for “All right,” pop duo/group performance for “Bad Blood” with Swift and dance recording “Never Catch Me” with Flying Lotus. 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. Despite being one of the most ubiquitous songs of the moment, Drake’s viral hip-hop smash wasn’t submitted for Grammys consideration, despite its release in July, well before the Sept. 30 eligibility cutoff. 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”). Johnson, mastering engineer (Michael Stern and Kansas City Symphony) “Janá¿ek: Jen¿fa,” Donald Runnicles, conductor; Will Hartmann, Michaela Kaune & Jennifer Larmore; Magdalena Herbst, producer (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin) “Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria,” Martin Pearlman, conductor; Fernando Guimarães and Jennifer Rivera; Thomas C.

Smooth soul singers and Roman GianArthur, both part of the Wondaland collective spearheaded by Atlanta’s Janelle Monae, received a nomination for “Classic Man” in the best rap/sung collaboration category. Moore, producer (Boston Baroque) “Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail,” Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Diana Damrau, Paul Schweinester & Rolando Villazón; Sid McLauchlan, producer (Chamber Orchestra of Europe) “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade,” Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus and SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus) “Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe,” Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Karina Gauvin and Philippe Jaroussky; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra) “Beethoven: Missa Solemnis,” Bernard Haitink, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Anton Barachovsky, Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Hanno Müller-Brachmann and Mark Padmore; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks) “Monteverdi: Vespers Of 1610,” Harry Christophers, conductor (Jeremy Budd, Grace Davidson, Ben Davies, Mark Dobell, Eamonn Dougan and Charlotte Mobbs; the Sixteen) “Pablo Neruda – The Poet Sings,” Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (James K. 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. Bass, Laura Mercado-Wright, Eric Neuville and Lauren Snouffer; Faith DeBow and Stephen Redfield; Conspirare) “Paulus: Far in Tte Heavens,” Eric Holtan, conductor (Sara Fraker, Matthew Goinz, Thea Lobo, Owen McIntosh, Kathryn Mueller & Christine Vivona; True Concord Orchestra; True Concord Voices) “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil,” Charles Bruffy, conductor (Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor and Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale) “Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album,” Jonas Kaufmann; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Krist¿ne Opolais, Antonio Pirozzi and Massimo Simeoli; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia) “Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest,” Gerald Barry, composer (Thomas Adès, Barbara Hannigan, Katalin Károlyi, Hilary Summers, Peter Tantsits and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” the Dead Weather; Cooper Roberts and Ian Schwartz, video directors; Candice Dragonas and Nathan Scherrer, video producers “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar; the Little Homies & Colin Tilley, video directors; Brandon Bonfiglio, Dave Free, Andrew Lerios and Luga Podesta, video producers “Mr. Selena Gomez (Good For You), Demi Lovato (Cool For The Summer), Rihanna (B*** Better Have My Money) and Jason Derulo (Want to Want Me) were among the high-profile artists who didn’t see gold from Monday’s nominations.

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. 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.

Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” James Brown; Alex Gibney, video director; Peter Afterman, Blair Foster, Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman, video producers 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. So it’s anybody’s guess why voters bypassed the easygoing hit and instead heaped praise on Kanye’s polarizing All Day. (Maybe they’re sick of waiting for ANTI, too.) The academy didn’t pass up the chance to nominate Sonic Highways, which saw Dave Grohl and his band recording songs in eight different cities nationwide. Women were refreshingly front-and-center across all rock categories, led by Alabama Shakes and Florence + the Machine, and newcomers Elle King (Ex’s & Oh’s) and Wolf Alice (Moaning Lisa Smile).

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. Each managed MTV Video Music Awards wins — Beyoncé’s 7/11 for best editing and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk for best male video — but neither viral sensation could manage a spot in this crowded field. It’s unfair to complain about this year’s alternative-music-album bunch when top-shelf talent such as Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color), Tame Impala (Currents) and Björk (Vulnicura) is vying for the prize. And yet, plenty of seemingly obvious contenders managed no nominations whatsoever, including Beach House (Depression Cherry), Sleater-Kinney (No Cities to Love), Modest Mouse (Strangers to Ourselves) and most egregiously, Sufjan Stevens (Carrie & Lowell).

After picking up a traditional pop-vocal album Grammy with Tony Bennett for Cheek to Cheek at the 2015 awards, Gaga has kept herself busy on tour and starring in FX’s American Horror Story. But she still managed to squeeze in a nomination with songwriting legend Diane Warren for Til It Happens to You, written for campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground. Still, it’s satisfying to see his sophisticated brand of electronic/dance music leap into the big leagues, nominated alongside perennial favorites Disclosure (Caracal), The Chemical Brothers (Born in the Echoes), and Skrillex and Diplo (Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü).

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