Stars React to Their 2016 Grammy Award Nominations

7 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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 “Alright.” 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. “Alright” and Swift’s “Blank Space” are nominated for song of the year, a songwriter’s awards.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees were released early on Monday and Kendrick Lamar dominates the list with 11 nods in nine separate categories for his critically acclaimed album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Kendrick Lamar earned 11 nominations for next year’s Grammy Awards, the most for any artist except Michael Jackson in 1984, as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the contenders for the music industry’s top awards.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. Record of the year: “Really Love,” D’Angelo and The Vanguard; “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars; “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran; “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift; “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd.

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. 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.

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. The award show will be held Feb. 15 in Los Angeles, and air on CBS, which Monday announced nominees in the four major categories during its morning show. 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.

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. Best alternative music album: “Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes; “Vulnicura,” Bjork; “The Waterfall,” My Morning Jacket; “Currents,” Tame Impala; “Star Wars,” Wilco. 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.

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. This year’s best country album contenders include Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Pageant Material,” Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade” and “Montevallo” by singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, who is also nominated for best new artist. The academy has been criticized in the past for nominees that suggest a body of old, white, male voters, a lack of diversity president Neil Portnow has attempted to improve since taking over in 2002. “Commerciality isn’t mutually exclusive of artistry,’’ Portnow said. “We’ve put a lot of attention and focus on who our members are — what they want, what they need, what they represent.

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. Best country album: “Montevallo,” Sam Hunt; “Pain Killer,” Little Big Town; “The Blade,” Ashley Monroe; “Pageant Material,” Kacey Musgraves; “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton.

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. 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. Bay, Hunt and Kelly all record for subsidiaries of Universal Music Group, which earned more nominations in the major categories than its peers combined.

Lamar performed with Imagine Dragons at the 2014 show, one of its best-received moments. “There’s not any lack of opportunity to see the biggest artists in music, either in concert or on television,’’ Portnow said. “What makes it interesting for people to see them on our show is what we do with them and for them; we create these unique opportunities.” 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.

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