Kendrick Lamar leads GRAMMY Awards nominations with 11

(l-r) Kendrick Lamar received eleven nominations for Grammys while The Weeknd received seven nominations for Grammys.

(l-r) Kendrick Lamar received eleven nominations for Grammys while The Weeknd received seven nominations for Grammys.

The Recording Academy announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards in all 83 categories this week. Kendrick Lamar led all artists with 11 nominations, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earned seven. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year’s nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions.

The GRAMMY Awards, the only peer-based music award, are voted on by The Academy’s membership of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) / locally on WTVF NewsChannel 5 from 7-10:30 p.m.

“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,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.

Here are some of the nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields and 83 categories. For a complete nominations list, visit

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

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; and “Can’t Feel My Face” — 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); and “Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran).

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Ego Death — The Internet; You Should Be Here — Kehlani; Blood — Lianne La Havas; Wildheart — Miguel; and Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd.

Best Rap Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole; Compton — Dr. Dre; If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late — Drake; To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar; and The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: My Favorite Things — Joey Alexander; Breathless — Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective; Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio; Beautiful Life — Jimmy Greene; and Past Present — John Scofield.

Best Music Film: Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown; and What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone.

Among other nominees, of local interest are Best Roots Gospel Album: Still Rockin’ My Soul – The Fairfield Four; and Best Classical Compendium: Paulus: Three Places Of Enlightenment; Veil Of Tears & Grand Concerto – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor, with the Nashville Symphony; Tim Handley, producer.