The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are going down on February 15th, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nominations have been announced and both Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd are battling for the artists with the most nominations. Kendrick has eleven nominations, while The Weeknd has seven.
The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” is up for Record of the Year, against Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”, Taylor Swift “Blank Space” and D’Angelo and the Vanguard “Really Love”.
The Weeknd earns another nomination in the category for Album of the Year, this time facing off against Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Taylor Swift’s 1989, Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller.
Kendrick’s “Alright” is also nominated for Song of the Year, while The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” is nominated once again for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Best R’n’B Performance finds nominations for Jeremih’s “Planes” with J. Cole as well as The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” going up against Tamar Braxton, Hiatus Kaiyote and Andra Day. (Singer Omarion took to social media to address the Grammy’s snub — “Post 2 Be” was a very popular song in this year but did not get any recognition.)
Kehlani is nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album with her project You Should Be Here, where she’s pitted against The Internet’s Ego Death album, Miguel’s Wildheart, The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness and Lianne La Havas’ Blood.
In the Best Rap Performance category, J. Cole is nominated for “Apparently”, as is Drake’s Meek Mill diss “Back 2 Back”, Fetty Wap “Trap Queen”, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”, Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter” and Kanye West’s “All Day”.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration finds another Kendrick Lamar nomination for “These Walls” with Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat, alongside Common and John Legend’s “Glory,” Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change The World” featuring John Legend and Kanye West, Jidenna’s “Classic Man” with Roman GianArthur and Nicki Minaj’s “Only” with Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.
When it comes to Best Rap Album, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive is nominated, as is Dr. Dre’s Compton, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
May the most deserving win!