Rapper Kendrick Lamar is the leading nominee for the 58th annual Grammy Awards with 11, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and song of the year for “Alright.”
Taylor Swift and the Weeknd each earned seven nods, including album of the year. “Butterfly,” ‘’1989” and “Beauty Behind the Madness” will battle country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” and rock group Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color.”
Lamar’s “Alright” and Swift’s “Blank Space” are nominated for song of the year, up against Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s tribute to actor Paul Walker, “See You Again,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud” and Little Big Town’s semi-controversial hit, “Girl Crush” by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose.
“Thinking out Loud” and “Blank Space” also are nominated for record of the year, pitted against Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Really Love” from R&B singer D’Angelo and the Vanguard.
Among Lamar’s other nominations: best rap album, rap performance, pop duo/group performance, rap song and best video.
Best country album contenders include Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Pageant Material,” Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade” and “Montevallo” by singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, also nominated for best new artist. Other new artist nominees include Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly, Courtney Barnett and James Bay (also nominated for best rock album and rock song).
Rapper Drake scored five nominations, including best rap album for “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” He’s up against Lamar, Dr. Dre’s “Compton,” Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” and J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive.”
Justin Bieber is nominated for best dance recording for “Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Diplo.
Other notable nominees: Joey + Rory for best country duo/group performance; Amy Poehler for best spoken word album for “Yes Please”; and Seth MacFarlane for best traditional pop vocal album, competing with Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow and Josh Groban.
Among the snubs: Madonna and Prince (at all), Fetty Wap (new artist) and Beyonce and Ronson (video).
Winners will be announced Feb. 15.
Jimmy Luttrell (former guitarist for Ben E. King, Bobby Vinton, Lawrence Welk and Elvis Presley), awaiting surgery in his hospital room , was visited by former student George Cole, whose inspirational video of them playing guitar together went viral on Facebook … . Kim Kardashian West and hubby Kanye announced the name of their baby boy: Saint West.
Actress AnnaSophia Robb is 22. … Oakland Raider David Amerson is 24. …. Rapper Nicki Minaj is 33. … Singer Ingrid Michaelson is 36. … Singer Sinead O’Connor is 49. … Actress Kim Basinger is 62. .. Screenwriter Nancy Meyers is 66. … Singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman is 68.
— Wire report
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