As Gold Derby predicted, Taylor Swift swept the general field with nominations in all three categories in which she was eligible: Album of the Year for her pop crossover hit “1989” and both Record and Song of the Year (“Blank Space“). In all, Swift received seven nominations, just one shy of the eight she received in 2009 when she won Album of the Year for “Fearless.” (See complete list of nominations HERE.)
But Swift doesn’t top the overall Grammy nominations chart. Kendrick Lamar picked up a staggering 11 bids including two in the general field: Album of the Year (“To Pimp a Butterfly“) and Song of the Year (“Alright“).
Another artist contending twice in the general field is The Weeknd, who competes for Album (“Beauty Behind the Madness“) and Record (“Can’t Feel My Face“) and is tied with Swift with seven nominations total.
Ed Sheeran has four bids in all and like Swift competes three times in the general field: Record and Song for “Thinking Out Loud” and Album as a featured artist on the Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
Joining Lamar, Swift and the Weeknd in the Album of the Year contest are “Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes, as well as one big surprise: “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton, who recently swept the CMA Awards. But that didn’t surprise Quintale Forte, the longtime forum poster we chatted with last week to discuss the nominations. (Watch us battle it out here.)
Vying against “Blank Space,” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Thinking Out Loud” in the Record of the Year race are “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars as well as another big surprise, “Really Love” by D’Angelo.
Joining “Alright,” “Blank Space” and “Thinking Out Loud” to round out the Song of the Year contest are “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth and the country hit “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town.
Unlike last year, when Sam Smith swept all four general field nominations, none of this year’s Best New Artist contenders compete anywhere else in the top four categories. Those nominees included two we were predicting — Meghan Trainor and Sam Hunt — along with James Bay, Tori Kelly and the biggest surprise in this category, Courtney Barnett.
Following Lamar, Swift and Weeknd as nominations leaders are songwriter is producer Max Martin with six noms. Picking up five noms apiece are Drake, as well as mastering engineer Tom Coyne and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes.
Grammy Award photo credit: CBS
Taylor Swift photo credit: Cindy Barrymore/REX
Kendrick Lamar photo credit: Richard Isaac/REX