/ 8 December 2015

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

Hip hop star Kendrick Lamar is nominated for best album for "To Pimp A Butterfly" and best rap performance.
Hip hop star Kendrick Lamar is nominated for best album for "To Pimp A Butterfly" and best rap performance.

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.

Former Grammy winner Alicia Keys announced the four major awards on CBS news on December 7, before the full list was revealed.

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.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is up for song of the year with Alright, as well as best album for To Pimp A Butterfly, best rap performance, best rap song for Alright, best rap album, best music video for Alright, best rap collaboration for These Walls.

Taylor Swift meanwhile picks up nominations for record of the year, album of the year, song of the year, best music video for Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar, best pop solo performance, best pop duo/group performance and best pop vocal album.

The Weeknd is up for seven awards: record of the year and best pop solo performance for Can’t Feel My Face, album of the year and best urban contemporary album for Beauty Behind the Madness, best R&B performance, best song written for visual media and best R&B song for Earned It (50 Shades of Grey).

The awards show ceremony will take place on 15 February.

At 2015’s event, Sam Smith was the year’s big winner, taking home four awards.

The list of nominees

Record of the year

D’Angelo – Really Love
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Blank Space – Taylor SwiftCan’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd.

Song of the year

Alright – Kendrick Lamar
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
See You Again – Wiz Khalifia featuring Charlie Pluth
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran.

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

Best R&B performance

Earned It – The Weekend
Planes – Jeremih Featuring J. Cole
Breathing Underwater – Hiatus Kaiyote
If I Don’t Have You – Tamar Braxton

Best pop vocal album

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
Love me Like you Do – Ellie Goulding
Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson

Best rock album

Drones – Muse
Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect
Kintsugi – Death Cab For Cutie
Chaos And The Calm – James Bay

Best new artist

Courney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

– (c) Guardian News & Media Ltd, 2015