List: See all the Grammy nominees

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Grammy nominations announced: Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd get multiple nods (w/complete list).

A battle between upbeat, finely crafted pop and politically minded hip-hop seems to be what’s shaping up for the biggest prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards.Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd were among the artists nominated for the Grammys’ biggest awards as all three artists earned Album of the Year noms.Rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday received the most nominations for the Grammy Awards, with pop superstar Taylor Swift leading nods in the most prestigious categories.

Lamar’s other nominations include best rap album for “Butterfly,” rap performance for “Alright,” pop duo/group performance for “Bad Blood” with Swift and dance recording “Never Catch Me” with Flying Lotus. 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. The film’s soundtrack, which also featured the Ellie Goulding hit “Love Me Like You Do,” is up for best compilation soundtrack for visual media along with “Empire: Season 1,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts earlier this year.

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. Veteran R&B star D’Angelo, who returned with his first album in 14 years last December, will also compete for record of the year; D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Really Love” earned him an additional nod for R&B song, with D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Black Messiah” up for R&B album.

The Grammy cut-off was September 30th, making Adele’s multi-platinum smash 25 and its debut single “Hello” ineligible for any awards at the February 15th event. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. This year’s nominees: D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Really Love”; “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars; Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”; Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”; and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” The Best New Artist category was a little more of a stylistic grab bag, with the nominees including Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, English singer-songwriter James Bay, country artist Sam Hunt, former American Idol contestant Tori Kelly and pop star Meghan Trainor.

Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, said the nominations reflect a year of “strongly creative, thoughtful and in some cases genre-bending artistry. What emerges more than ever is that artists are feeling more liberated to do what comes from their heart, as opposed to trying to fit inside a nice little box.” Portnow notes that this was a particularly competitive year for rap, with a 30 percent increase in entries in the field. For example, Rihanna’s single “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring Paul McCartney and Kanye West, would have seemed tailor-made for Grammy judges who generally love cross-genre — and perhaps even more importantly, trans-generational — collaborations.

The odd timing of the Grammy schedule also means that this year’s monster-hit album — Adele’s freshly issued 25 — won’t be eligible for nomination until the awards’ 2017 edition. Justin Bieber – who marked a comeback this year with the hits “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean” – is nominated for best dance recording for his other hit, “Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Diplo.

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. Other notable nominees include married duo Joey + Rory for best country duo/group performance (they recently announced Joey is ending her cancer treatment after a recurrence of tumors); actress Amy Poehler with her first Grammy nomination for best spoken world album for “Yes Please”; and actor Seth MacFarlane for best traditional pop vocal album, competing with albums from Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow and Josh Groban. Best pop vocal album: “Piece by Piece,” Kelly Clarkson; “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” Florence + The Machine; “Uptown Special,” Mark Ronson; “1989,” Taylor Swift; “Before This World,” James Taylor. Best rock album: “Chaos and the Calm,” James Bay; “Kintsugi,” Death Cab for Cutie; “Mister Asylum,” Highly Suspect; “Drones,” Muse; “.5: The Gray Chapter,” Slipknot. Best alternative music album: “Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes; “Vulnicura,” Bjork; “The Waterfall,” My Morning Jacket; “Currents,” Tame Impala; “Star Wars,” Wilco.

Best urban contemporary album: “Ego Death,” The Internet; “You Should Be Here,” Kehlani; “Blood,” Lianne La Havas; “Wildheart,” Miguel; “Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd. Best country album: “Montevallo,” Sam Hunt; “Pain Killer,” Little Big Town; “The Blade,” Ashley Monroe; “Pageant Material,” Kacey Musgraves; “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton.

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