And the Official Grammy Nominees Are…

Grammy Award

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards happen next year, though the official nominations were disclosed by the Recording Academy this morning in New York.  Here are some highlights from the largest categories (a full embedded release from the Academy follows):

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

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

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

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

POP

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

    • “Ship To Wreck” — Florence + The Machine
    • “Sugar” — Maroon 5
    • “Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
    • “Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
    • “See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

DANCE/ELECTRONIC

Best Dance Recording

  • “We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
  • “Go” — The Chemical Brothers
  • “Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis
  • “Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

ROCK

Best Rock Performance

    • “Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
    • “What Kind Of Man” — Florence + The Machine
    • “Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters
    • “Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
    • “Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

ALTERNATIVE

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
  • Vulnicura — Björk
  • The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket
  • Currents — Tame Impala
  • Star Wars — Wilco

R&B

Best Urban Contemporary Album

    • Ego Death — The Internet
    • You Should Be Here — Kehlani
    • Blood — Lianne La Havas
    • Wildheart — Miguel
    • Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

RAP

Best Rap Album

  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
  • Compton — Dr. Dre
  • If Youre Reading This Its Too Late — Drake
  • To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
  • The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

COUNTRY

Best Country Album

    • Montevallo — Sam Hunt
    • Pain Killer — Little Big Town
    • The Blade — Ashley Monroe
    • Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves
    • Traveller — Chris Stapleton

JAZZ

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • My Favorite Things — Joey Alexander
  • Breathless — Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
  • Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
  • Beautiful Life — Jimmy Greene
  • Past Present — John Scofield

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN

Best Gospel Album

    • Destined To Win (Live) — Karen Clark Sheard
    • Living It — Dorinda Clark-Cole
    • One Place Live — Tasha Cobbs
    • Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) — Israel & Newbreed
    • Life Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • Whatever The Road — Jason Crabb
  • How Can It Be — Lauren Daigle
  • Saints And Sinners — Matt Maher
  • This Is Not A Test — Tobymac
  • Love Ran Red — Chris Tomlin

LATIN

Best Latin Pop Album

    • Terral — Pablo Alborán
    • Healer — Alex Cuba
    • A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) — Ricky Martin
    • Sirope — Alejandro Sanz
    • Algo Sucede — Julieta Venegas

AMERICAN ROOTS

Best Americana Album

  • The Firewatcher’s Daughter — Brandi Carlile
  • The Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
  • Something More Than Free — Jason Isbell
  • Mono — The Mavericks
  • The Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers

SPOKEN WORD

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

    • Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø) — Patti Smith
    • Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks — Dick Cavett
    • A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety — Jimmy Carter
    • Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) — Janis Ian & Jean Smart
    • Yes Please — Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

  • Jeff Bhasker
  • Dave Cobb
  • Diplo
  • Larry Klein
  • Blake Mills

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

Best Music Film

  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown
  • Sonic Highways — Foo Fighters
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone
  • The Wall — Roger Waters
  • Amy — Amy Winehouse

 

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4 Responses

  1. GGG

    Pretty solid list. Especially ROTY, which usually has at least one real dumb song.

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    • GGG

      What’s wrong with these noms? As far as the Grammy’s go, it’s pretty solid choices.

      Reply
      • Rick Shaw

        Wrong? Nothing for the times. That said, the times don’t product much quality material compared to a couple decades ago. Very few of these songs/artists/albums will stand the test of time.

        Reply

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