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2015-12-07 18:11

New York - Rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday received a near-record number of Grammy Award nominations, with pop superstar Taylor Swift leading for the most prestigious categories.

Lamar - who has won wide critical acclaim for his politically charged latest album To Pimp a Butterfly - earned 11 nominations for the music industry's biggest awards, the highest number in a single night other than Michael Jackson's 12 nods in 1984 during the King of Pop's Thriller days.

To Pimp a Butterfly, Lamar's first album in nearly three years, is unusually innovative for such a commercially anticipated album with long sections of unaccompanied spoken word, frequent historical allusions and jazzy interludes.

Proudly South African

South African muso, Wouter Kellerman's Love Language scored a nomination in the category Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. The acclaimed local flute player won the 2015 Grammy for best new age album.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Music From Inala also received a nomination in the category World Music Album. This is Lady Smith Black Mambazo's 16th Grammy nomination.

South African gospel singer Neville D also bagged in a nomination for How Awesome Is Our God [Live] featuring Yolanda Adams, Neville Diedericks, Israel Houghton and Meleasa Houghton.

(Kendrick Lamar. Photo: Getty Images)

Swift tapped in leading categories

Swift and The Weeknd, the rising Canadian R&B star, followed Lamar with seven nominations each for the Grammys, which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on February 15.

But Swift was ahead in the four most-watched categories, with nominations in all of them except Best New Artist.

She enjoyed nods for Album of the Year for 1989, last year's best-selling US album by far that marked her transition from country to pop, as well as Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her hit Blank Space.

To Pimp a Butterfly and Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd's sophomore work, were also in contention for Album of the Year.

(Taylor Swift. Photo: Getty Images)

The 2016 nominees are:

Album of the Year

Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Taylor Swift, 1989

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"

Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Record of the Year

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Really Love"

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

The Weeknd, "Can't Feel my Face"

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Florence + The Machine, " Ship to Wreck"

Maroon 5, "Sugar"

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night

Josh Groban, Stages

Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You

Barry Manilow (& Various Artists), My Dream Duets

Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece

Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special

Taylor Swift, 1989

James Taylor, Before This World

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston, :We're All We Need"

The Chemical Brothers, "Go:

Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Never Catch Me"

Galantis, "Runaway (U & I)"

Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"

Florence + The Machine,"What Kind Of Man"

Foo Fighters, "Something From Nothing"

Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"

Wolf Alice, "Moaning Lisa Smile"

Best Alternative Music Album

Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

Björk, Vulnicura

My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall

Tame Impala, Currents

Wilco, Star Wars

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Internet, Ego Death

Kehlani, You Should Be Here

Lianne La Havas, Blood

Miguel, Wildheart

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Best Rap Album

J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Dr. Dre, Compton

Drake, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

Best Country Album

Sam Hunt, Montevallo

Little Big Town, Pain Killer

Ashley Monroe, The Blade

Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Joey Alexander, My Favorite Things

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective, Breathless

Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio, Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios

Jimmy Greene, Beautiful Life

John Scofield, Past Present

Best Gospel Album

Karen Clark Sheard, Destined to Win (Live)

Dorinda Clark-Cole, Living It

Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live

Israel & Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe)

Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Jason Crabb, Whatever the Road

Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Matt Maher, Saints and Sinners

Tobymac, This Is Not a Test

Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

Best Latin Pop Album

Pablo Alborán, Terral

Alex Cuba, Healer

Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Alejandro Sanz, Sirope

Julieta Venegas, Algo Sucede

Best Americana Album

Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher's Daughter

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free

The Mavericks, Mono

Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Caribou, Our Love

The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes

Disclosure, Caracal

Jamie XX, In Colour

Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü 

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age!

Wouter Kellerman, Love Language

Marcus Miller, Afrodeezia

Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest, Sylva

Kirk Whalum, The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red, "Identity"

Cirice, "Ghost"

Lamb of God, "512"

Sevendust, "Thank You"

Slipknot, "Custer"

Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"

Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"

James Bay, "Hold Back the River"

Highly Suspect, "Lydia"

Florence + the Machine, "What Kind of Man"

Best Rock Album

James Bay, Chaos and the Calm

Death Cab for Cutie, Kintsugi

Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum

Muse, Drones

Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton, "If I Don't Have You"

Andra Day, "Rise Up"

Hiatus Kaiyote, "Breathing Underwater"

Jeremih feat. J. Cole, "Planes"

The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Faith Evans, "He Is"

Lalah Hathaway, "Little Ghetto Boy"

Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"

Tyrese, "Shame"

Charlie Wilson, "My Favorite Part of You"

Best R&B Song

Miguel, "Coffee"

The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"

Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"

D'Angelo and The Vanguard, "Really Love"

Tyrese, "Shame"

Best R&B Album

Leon Bridges, Coming Home

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall

Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

Best Rap Performance

J. Cole, "Apparently"

Drake, "Back to Back"

Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend, "One Man Can Change the World"

Common & John Legend, "Glory"

Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur, "Classic Man"

Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "These Walls"

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, "Only"

Best Rap Song

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Drake, "Energy"

Common & John Legend, "Glory"

Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Brothers Osborne, "Stay a Little Longer"

Joey + Rory, "If I Needed You"

Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay, "The Driver"

Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"

Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe, "Lonely Tonight"

Best Country Song

Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"

Tim McGraw, "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools"

Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"

Brandy Clark, "Hold My Hand"

Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"

Best Country Solo Performance

Cam, "Burning House"

Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"

Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"

Keith Urban, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"

Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"

Best Pop Solo Performance

Kelly Clarkson, "Heartbeat Song"

Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"

Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Empire: Season 1

Fifty Shades of Grey

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

Pitch Perfect 2


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)"

Common & John Legend, "Glory"

Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Lady Gaga, "Til It Happens to You"

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media


The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Best Music Video

A$AP Rocky, "LSD"

The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Pharrell Williams, "Freedom"

Best Music Film

Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone

Roger Waters, The Wall

Amy Winehouse, Amy

Best New Age Album

Paul Avgerinos, Grace

Madi Das, Bhakti Without Borders

Catherine Duc, Voyager

Peter Kater, Love

Ron Korb, Asia Beauty

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Joey Alexander, "Giant Steps"

Christian McBride, "Cherokee"

Donny McCaslin, "Arbiters of Evolution"

Joshua Redman, "Friend or Foe"

John Scofield, "Past Present"

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Karrin Allyson, Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein

Denise Donatelli, Find a Heart

Lorraine Feather, Flirting With Disaster

Jamison Ross, Jamison

Cécile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Gil Evans Project, Lines of Color

Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band, Köln

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields

Patrick Williams, Home Suite Home

Best Latin Jazz Album

Eliane Elias, Made in Brazil

The Rodriguez Brothers, Impromptu

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Suite Caminos

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Intercambio

Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, "Worth [Live]"

Kirk Franklin, "Wanna Be Happy?"

Travis Greene, "Intentional"

Israel & Newbreed feat. Yolanda Adams, "How Awesome Is Our God [Live]"

Brian Courtney Wilson, "Worth Fighting For [Live]"

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Francesca Battistelli, "Holy Spirit"

Crowder, "Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)"

Matt Maher, "Because He Lives (Amen)"

Third Day feat. All Sons & Daughters, "Soul on Fire"

Tobymac feat. Mr. Talkbox, "Feel It"

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Jason Crabb, Whatever the Road

Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Matt Maher, Saints and Sinners

Tobymac, This Is Not a Test

Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

Best Roots Gospel Album

The Fairfield Four, Still Rockin' My Soul

Karen Peck & New River, Pray Now

Point of Grace, Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know)

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Bomba Estereo, Amanecer

La Cuneta Son Machín, Mondongo

Natalia Lafourcade, Hasta La Raíz

Monsieur Periné, Caja De Música

Pitbull, Dale

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga, Mi Vicio Mas Grande

La Maquinaria Norteña, Ya Dime Adiós

Los Cojolites, Zapateando

Los Tigres Del Norte, Realidades - Deluxe Edition

Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano, Tradición, Arte Y Pasión

Best Tropical Latin Album

José Alberto "El Canario" & Septeto Santiaguero, Tributo A Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto

Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Son De Panamá

Guaco, Presente Continuo

Juan Luis Guerra 4.40, Todo Tiene Su Hora

Victor Manuelle, Que Suenen Los Tambores

Best American Roots Performance

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, "And Am I Born to Die"

Buddy Guy, "Born to Play Guitar"

The Milk Carton Kids, "City of Our Lady"

Punch Brothers, "Julep"

Mavis Staples, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"

Best American Roots Song

The Mavericks, "All Night Long"

Don Henley & Merle Haggard, "The Cost of Living"

Punch Brothers, "Julep"

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, "The Traveling Kind"

Jason Isbell, "24 Frames"

Best Bluegrass Album

Dale Ann Bradley, Pocket Full of Keys

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Before the Sun Goes Down

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, In Session

Ralph Stanley & Friends, Man of Constant Sorrow

The Steeldrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings

Best Blues Album

Cedric Burnside Project, Descendants of Hill Country

Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts of Love

Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar

Bettye LaVette, Worthy

John Primer & Various Artists, Muddy Waters 100

Best Folk Album

Norman Blake, Wood, Wire & Words

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn

Patty Griffin, Servant of Love

Glen Hansard, Didn't He Ramble

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice

Natalie Ai Kamauu, La La La La

Keali'i Reichel, Kawaiokalena

The Revelers, Get Ready

Windwalker and The MCW, Generations

Best Reggae Album

Rocky Dawuni, Branches of the Same Tree

Jah Cure, The Cure

Barrington Levy, Acousticalevy

Luciano, Zion Awake

Morgan Heritage, Strictly Roots

*This article was updated to include new information about South African acts nominated.

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