Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift lead 2015 Grammy nominations
Taylor Swift left anything but a “Blank Space” in the nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards, receiving nods in the Big Three categories — album, record and song of the year — though hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar outdid her for overall nominations.
Lamar topped everybody with 11 nominations. Swift earned seven, as did producer-singer the Weeknd.
The nominees for album of the year are “1989” (Swift), “Beauty Behind the Madness” (the Weeknd), “To Pimp a Butterfly” (Lamar), “Sound + Color” (Alabama Shakes) and “Traveller” (Chris Stapleton).
The nominees for record of the year are “Blank Space” (Swift), “Uptown Funk!” (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars), “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran), “Can’t Feel My Face” (the Weeknd) and “Really Love” (D’Angelo and the Vanguard).
The nominees for song of the year — a songwriter’s award — are “Thinking Out Loud,” “Blank Space,” “Alright” (performed by Lamar), “Girl Crush” (performed by Little Big Town) and “See You Again” (performed by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth).
The nominees for best new artist are Sam Hunt, Meghan Trainor, James Bay, Tori Kelly and Courtney Barnett.
The Grammy attention reaffirms Lamar’s importance in the wake of what happened two years ago when his debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” came out. He was critically praised then — and nominated for seven Grammys — but came up empty for awards.
Now he’s topped Eminem as the hip-hop artist with the most nominations in a single year.
“Lamar’s achievement is all the more impressive because he did so with ‘To Pimp a Butterfly,’ a rap album so challenging and musically complex that fans and critics are still chewing on it nearly nine months after its release,” the Los Angeles Times’ Gerrick D. Kennedy wrote.
Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow praised the diversity of the field.
“Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music,” he said in a statement.
The complete list of nominations — all 83 categories — is at Grammy.com.