58th Grammy Awards’ Preview

Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift are Some of the Biggest Names in this Year’s 58th Grammy Awards


58th Grammy Awards

Sam Strait, Staff Writer






One year after Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams swept the 57th Grammy Awards, the likes of The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and Taylor Swift appear poised to do the same. Kendrick seems to lead the pack because of his sheer number of nominations, totaling in 11. Some of those nominations include Album of the Year for “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Song of the Year for “Alright,” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “These Walls.” Taylor and Weeknd each received 7, more than any other artists besides Lamar. Both are up for Record and Album of the Year; The Weeknd with “Can’t Feel My Face” (record) and “Beauty Behind the Madness” (album), and Taylor Swift with “Blank Space” (record) and “1989” (album.) Some faces that are new to the Grammys are James Bay, Sam Hunt, and Meghan Trainor. Here’s a more complete list of nominees for various awards:




Record of the Year

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Really Love” – D’Angelo and the Vanguard

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

“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


Song of the Year

“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran


Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor


Best Solo Pop Performance

“Heartbeat Song” – Kelly Clarkson

“Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd



Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern” – Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap

“Shadows in the Night” – Bob Dylan

“Stages” – Josh Groban

“No One Ever Tells You” – Seth MacFarlane

“My Dream Duets” – Barry Manilow

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Piece by Piece” – Kelly Clarkson

“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” – Florence + the Machine

“Uptown Special” – Mark Ronson

“1989” – Taylor Swift

“Before This World” – James Taylor


Best Rock Song

“Don’t Wanna Fight” – Alabama Shakes

“Ex’s & Oh’s” – Dave Bassett & Elle King

“Hold Back the River” – Iain Archer & James Bay

“Lydia” – Highly Suspect

“What Kind of Man” – Florence + the Machine

Best Rock Album

“Chaos and the Calm” – James Bay
“Kintsugi” – Death Cab for Cutie
“Mister Asylum” – Highly Suspect
“Drones” – Muse
“.5: The Gray Chapter” – Slipknot


Best Alternative Album

“Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes
“Vulnicura” – Björk
“The Waterfall” – My Morning Jacket
“Currents” – Tame Impala
“Star Wars” – Wilco


Best R&B Song

“Coffee” – Miguel
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” – The Weeknd
“Let It Burn” – Jazmine Sullivan
“Really Love” – D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Shame”- Tyrese

Best R&B Album

“Coming Home” – Leon Bridges
“Black Messiah” – D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Cheers to the Fall” – Andra Day
“Reality Show” – Jazmine Sullivan
“Forever Charlie” – Charlie Wilson


Best Rap/Sung Collab.

“One Man Can Change the World” – Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory” – Common & John Legend
“Classic Man” – Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur
“These Walls” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat
“Only” – Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil’ Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song

“All Day” – Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, & Paul McCartney

“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

“Energy” – Drake

“Glory” – Common & John Legend

“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap


View all nominees and categories at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-grammys-2016-nominees-winners-list-story.html and be sure to tune into the 58th Grammy Awards at 7:00 PM MT on Monday, February 15th on CBS.