Kendrick Lamar’s King Of New York Prophesy Comes True, He Leads In Grammy Nominations With 11

| December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

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It was just a few years ago when Kendrick Lamar boldly declared himself the king of New York on the Big Sean single “Control HOF”. With so much bravado the industry took notice. Now it appear the self-fulfilling prophesy is coming into existence.

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Kendrick Lamar tops the number of Grammy nominations this year with 11, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and song of the year for “Alright.”

Lamar, who won two Grammys earlier this year, is followed by Taylor Swift and the Weeknd, who each earned seven nominations, 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” for the top prize.

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Other noted highlights from the list include Drake being nominated in Best Performance for his Meek Mill diss track, ‘Back to Back’. It is the first time in the history of the Grammys a diss track has been nominated for a Grammy.

Other awards include: The Weekend nominated for ‘Album of the Year,’ Wiz Khalifa earning a nomination for ‘Song of the Year’ with “See You Again,” and D’Angelo and The Weeknd both up for ‘Record of the Year.’

There’s also a lot of competition in the rap categories with J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and Nicki Minaj all in the running for ‘Rap Album of the Year.

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The full list of nominees for the 2016 Grammys is out!

Song Of The Year
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Wiz Khalifa f. Charlie Puth, “See You again”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Album Of The Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor
Sam Hunt

Record Of The Year
D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Really Love”
Mark Ronson f. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Rap Album
“2014 Forest Hills Drive,” J. Cole
“Compton,” Dr. Dre
“If You’re Reading This Its Too Late,” Drake
“To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar
“The Pinkprint,” Nicki Minaj

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole, “Apparently”
Drake, “Back To Back
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne and Drake, “Truffle Butter”
Kanye West, “All Day”

Best Rap Song
Kanye West, “All Day”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Common and John Legend, “Glory”
Drake, “Energy”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole, “Apparently”
Drake, “Back to Back”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Nicki Minaj, “Truffle Butter”
Kanye West, “All Day”

Rap/Sung Collaboration
Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World,”
Common and John Legend, “Glory,”
Jidenna, “Classic Man,”
Kendrick Lamar, “These Walls,”
Nicki Minaj, “Only”

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

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap
“Shadows in the Night,” Bob Dylan
“Stages,” Josh Groban
“No One Ever Tells You,” Seth MacFarlane
“My Dream Duets,” Barry Manilow (and Various Artists)

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

Dance Recording

“We’re All We Need,” Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston
“Go,” the Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me,” Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I),” Galantis
“Where Are U Now,” Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Dance/Electronic Album

“Our Love,” Caribou
“Born in the Echoes,” the Chemical Brothers
“Caracal,” Disclosure
“In Colour,” Jamie XX
“Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U,” Skrillex and Diplo?

R&B Performance

“If I Don’t Have You,” Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up,” Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes,” Jeremih featuring J. Cole
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” the Weeknd

Traditional R&B Performance

“He Is,” Faith Evans
“Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway
“Let It Burn,” Jazmine Sullivan
“Shame,” Tyrese
“My Favorite Part of You,” Charlie Wilson

R&B Song

“Coffee,” Brook Davis and Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel)
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville and Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (the Weeknd)
“Let It Burn,” Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan and Dwane M. Weir II, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
“Really Love,” D’Angelo and Kendra Foster, songwriters (D’Angelo and the Vanguard)
“Shame,” Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson and DJ Rogers Jr., songwriters (Tyrese)

Urban Contemporary Album

“Ego Death,” the Internet
“You Should Be Here,” Kehlani
“Blood,” Lianne La Havas
“Wildheart,” Miguel
“Beauty Behind the Madness,” the Weeknd

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

The show will air on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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