Kendrick Lamar leads 2016 Grammy nominations, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd come in second

The nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning by the Recording Academy, with rapper Kendrick Lamar earning the most nominations. The Weeknd and Taylor Swift tied for second.

Lamar earned 11 nominations in total, with Swift and The Weeknd earning seven each. Produer/songwriter Max Martin earned six nominations, while rapper Drake; mastering engineer Tom Coyne; and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hayes earned five nominations each.

“The diversity in the creative community is what makes music a universal language, and it’s gratifying to see the vibrancy of today’s artistic landscape reflected in this year’s nominations — a testament to The Academy’s voting members,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy said in a statement. “Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music.”

The Grammys are on Feb. 15 at the Staples Center and will air on CBS. If you are wondering how Adele did, her 25 was released outside the eligibility period. Only music released between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015 are eligible this year. 25 will be up for awards next year.

Here’s the important nominations:

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

Album Of The Year
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

Song Of The Year
“Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

The full list of nominees can be found at Grammy.com.

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