Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd Top 58th GRAMMY Nominations
The Recording Academy announced nominations today for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers as determined by The Academy's voting membership.
This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martin receives six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake, and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes each earn five nominations.
The eclectic nature of this year's nominations is exemplified in the Album Of The Year category, where nominees range from the alternative and soulful rock of Alabama Shakes and Lamar's thought-provoking jazz-infused rap to the classic country sounds of Chris Stapleton, the pop emergence of Swift, and the genre-bending R&B style of The Weeknd.
"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. "Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music."
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
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
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, the nominees are "Ship To Wreck" by Florence & The Machine; "Sugar" by Maroon 5; "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars; "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar; and "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth.
The nominees for Best Dance Recording are "We're All We Need" by Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston; "Go" by the Chemical Brothers; "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar; "Runaway (U & I)" by Galantis; and "Where Are Ü Now" by Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber.
The Best Rock Performance nominees are "Don't Wanna Fight" by Alabama Shakes; "What Kind Of Man" by Florence & The Machine; "Something From Nothing" by Foo Fighters; "Ex's & Oh's" by Elle King; and "Moaning Lisa Smile" by Wolf Alice.
The nominees for Best Alternative Music Album are Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes; Vulnicura by Björk; The Waterfall by My Morning Jacket; Currents by Tame Impala; and Star Wars by Wilco.
For Best Rap Album, the nominees are 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole; Compton by Dr. Dre; If Youre Reading This Its Too Late by Drake; To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar; and The Pinkprint by Nicki Minaj.
The nominees for Best Urban Contemporary Album are Ego Death by the Internet; You Should Be Here by Kehlani; Blood by Lianne La Havas; Wildheart by Miguel; and Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weeknd.
The Best Country Album nominees are Montevallo by Sam Hunt; Pain Killer by Little Big Town; The Blade by Ashley Monroe; Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves; and Traveller by Chris Stapleton.
The nominees for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical are Jeff Bhasker, Dave Cobb, Diplo, Larry Klein, and Blake Mills.
For Best Music Video, the nominees are "LSD" by ASAP Rocky; "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" by the Dead Weather; "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar; "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar; and "Freedom" by Pharrell Williams.
This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 21,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 16 to The Recording Academy's voting members. Ballots are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Jan. 15, 2016, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 58th GRAMMY Awards telecast.
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Feb. 15, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
Chris Brown Tops Hip Hop Awards, Adele Leads AMA Nods
Chris Brown Tops Hip Hop Awards, Adele Leads AMA Nods
GRAMMY-nominated artist Chris Brown was the top winner at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011 on Oct. 11 in Atlanta, garnering four awards for Best Hip Hop Video, Perfect Combo Award, Best Featured Verse, and the People's Champ Award for "Look At Me Now" featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj followed with two awards each, including Rookie of the Year, Lyricist of the Year and MVP of the Year, respectively. Additional winners included Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Kanye West, and Hype Williams, among others. In related awards news, nominations for the 2011 American Music Awards were announced today with GRAMMY winner Adele in the lead with four nominations for Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist, Artist of the Year, Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist, and Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Album for 21. Additional artists garnering nominations were Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, among others. The awards will take place Nov. 20 in Los Angeles. (10/12)
Scotty McCreery Sets Billboard 200 Record
"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the first time a country artist has debuted at the top with their first studio album. At 18, McCreery is also the youngest male artist to premiere at No. 1 with a debut release since Omario debuted at No. 1 with O at age 20 in 2005. Overall album sales for the week ending Oct. 9 totaled 5.1 million units, up 5 percent from the comparable sales week last year. Year-to-date album sales are at 233.6 million, up 3 percent compared to the same point last year and the 20th consecutive week that album sales have been greater than the same period in the prior year. (10/12)
Map It: Where Are Bruno Mars, Drake, And Adele Popular?
Thanks to The New York Times, you no longer have to guess. In an Aug. 7 feature, they "set out to map the contours of music fandom and culture in the United States."
The Times first looked to Billboard's Top 100 chart to choose the artists they would track. From there, they narrowed the list down to the top 50 artists based on YouTube views. Using YouTube's geocoded streaming data, they compiled a map for each of the 50 artists, which shows the locations where artists have the highest concentration of fans.
The result is a fascinating set of data. For example, GRAMMY winners such as Beyoncé and Rihanna are most popular in the South. Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots fans appear highly concentrated in the Pacific Northwest.
Want to know more? Take a look at your favorite artist's map, and while browsing, you can even set a personalized playlist based on your zip code.