Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy field; Swift, Weeknd follow
Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd lead the field of nominees for February’s Grammy Awards, nominations for which were announced Monday morning.
Los Angeles rapper Lamar is up for 11 awards, including Album of the Year for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and Song of the Year for “Alright.” Swift and the Weeknd both follow with seven nominations apiece, including the Album of the Year prize for “1989” and “Beauty Behind the Madness,” respectively.
Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” and Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color” round out the Album of the Year nominees.
Swift’s “Blank Space” is up for Record of the Year against Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Really Love” and the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” Song of the Year, which honors songwriters, pits “Blank Space” against Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again,” Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Lamar’s “Alright.”
In the Best New Artist category, Meghan Trainor — whose “All About That Bass” was a multiple nominee at this year’s Grammys — will compete against Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt and Tori Kelly.
Detroiters up for awards include Big Sean, nominated in the Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration field for “One Man Can Change the World”; Jack White’s the Dead Weather, nominated for Best Music Video for “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”; and sisters Dorinda Clark-Cole and Karen Clark Sheard, who are nominated against each other in the Best Gospel Album category.
The Grammy ceremony will be held Feb. 15.