Stapleton, ‘Girl Crush’ Bring Country Music Back to Grammys

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Grammy awards 2016: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd lead nominations.

CHORAL group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and flautist Wouter Kellerman are SA’s two Grammy Award nominees for 2016, the Recording Academy announced on Monday evening. The nominations for 2016’s Grammy awards have been announced with singers Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and hip hop star Kendrick Lamar shortlisted for seven awards each.

— “Up for a Grammy with these guys thanks to everyone who has been a part of this amazing musical transition,” best dance recording nominee Justin Bieber, via Instagram, along with a photo of himself with Diplo and Skrillex, who all worked on the hit song, “Where Are U Now.” — “You always want to believe that songs like ‘Girl Crush’ are going to rise to the top and be heard, but it doesn’t always happen.Rapper Kendrick Lamar has received a near-record number of Grammy Award nominations, with pop superstar Taylor Swift leading for the most prestigious categories. Australian singer Courtney Barnett gets her first nomination, and will be up against Brit award winner James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor in the best new artist category.

It says a lot about the community here in Nashville and the way artists, instead of being competitive, often are cheering each other on.” — Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday. 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, a number topped only by Michael Jackson’s 12 nods in 1984 during the King of Pop’s Thriller days.

The songwriters of “Girl Crush” are nominated for two awards, including song of the year, and the band is nominated for two awards. — “We put all our love for jazz and the songs of Jerome Kern — that are such a testament to the Great American Songbook — into this recording. This has been just the most amazing year.” — Sam Hunt, nominated for country album and new artist, in a statement. — “We are incredibly grateful that our music is able to do exactly what we intended . free people from themselves and their struggles. Lamar’s heavy haul comes in part due to his collaborations with other artists, as he was also nominated for work with the DJ Flying Lotus and Swift herself.

On the CD, as it was for the live show, we are joined by African drums and percussions, classical strings and piano.” Canadian rapper The Weeknd also got seven nominations after a break-out year for his album Beauty Behind the Madness and best-selling single Can’t Feel My Face. 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.

We are so proud of this album and to see it recognized in this way means the world to us.” — Alabama Shakes, which collected four nods for its album “Sound & Color,” via Instagram. — “I am so … humbly elated to be listed among the other performers I look up to… This is a dream come true. Erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey powered The Weeknd to three of his Grammy nods for single Earned It, which was featured on the movie’s soundtrack. Thanks everybody who nominated me and congrats to all the other nominees!” — Kelly Clarkson, nominated for pop solo performance and pop vocal album for “Piece by Piece,” via Twitter. — “4 Grammy nominations! Barnett, who until a couple of years ago was working as a bartender in Melbourne, has won over a wide audience for her ironic lyricism that reflects on issues ranging from urban gentrification to masturbation.

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.

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