Revealed: 2016 Grammy Awards Nominees
Award season is now officially in motion and the 2016 Grammy Awards are shaping up to be as tight as a race as ever!
To the surprise of no one the likes of Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd dominated with multiple nominations each including Album of the Year alongside Alabama Stakes and Chris Stapleton.
Record of the Year has some nice submissions including D’Angelo and The Vanguard for ‘Really Love‘, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud‘, ‘Uptown Funk‘ by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, ‘Blank Space‘ by Taylor Swift and finally The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face‘.
‘Blank Space‘ and ‘Thinking Out Loud‘ also cross over into the Song of the Year category and are joined by Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright‘, Wiz Khalfia’s ‘See You Again‘ and Little Big Town’s ‘Girl Crush‘.
The prestigious Best New Artist category line-up this year includes Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Meghan Trainor and Tori Kelly…
In the general Pop fields, Kelly Clarkson was generously rewarded for her latest work with ‘Heartbeat Song‘ receiving a nod for Best Pop Solo Performance and parent album ‘Piece by Piece‘ being recognised in the Best Pop Vocal Album category. She is already a two-time winner in that category for both ‘Breakaway‘ (2006) and ‘Stronger‘ (2013), so can she do it again for the third time?
Ellie Goulding receives her very first nomination for her number one hit ‘Love Me Like You Do‘ (Best Pop Solo Performance) and the songs writers including Max Martin also receive an additional nomination in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category.
The R&B categories also feature a strong showing. Tamar Braxton has another shot to win that elusive Grammy she’s always wanted as ‘If I Don’t Have You‘ battles it out against Andra Day, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jeremih and The Weeknd to be named Best R&B Performance.
Best Traditional R&B Performance is a veteran showing as Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Jazmine Sullivan, Tyrese and Charlie Wilson all land further career nominations.
Furthermore the likes of Jazmine Sullivan, D’Angelo, Tyrese, The Weeknd and Miguel further pad out the R&B/Urban song and album categories. All of which we can say are well deserved!
Is this Nicki Minaj’s year? Well she may have a chance as she lands three nominations in the Rap field including Best Rap Performance, Rap/Sung Collaboration and Rap Album for ‘The Pinkprint‘. However she faces extremely tough competition from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake and Dr. Dre (perhaps this years most competitive genre field?)
Overall the majority of the nominees aren’t surprising but notably omissions from this years list includes work from the likes of Rihanna (!), Madonna, Jill Scott, Janet Jackson (‘No Sleeep’), Carly Rae Jepson (apparently she had the acclaim?), Ciara, Demi Lovato (she made no secret that she wanted a nomination) and Beyoncé (even when she has laid relatively low in the past they’ve always found a way to nominate her – but not this year!).
Check out the full list of nominees here.
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