Kendrick Lamar Leads Grammy Noms; Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Alabama Shakes, Drake Also In The Running

Updated @ 9:44 a.m.: Unless you have been sleeping under a pair of headphones for the past 24 hours you know that Kendrick Lamar is the clear frontrunner in the 58th Grammy Awards that will air live from the Staples Center in LA on February 15th.

The American rapper is up for 11 awards, including Album—To Pimp A Butterfly—and Song, for "Alright". His other nominations include best rap album, rap performance, pop duo/group performance for "Bad Blood" with Taylor Swift and dance recording for "Never Catch Me" with Flying Lotus. He's nominated twice for both best rap song with "Alright" and for co-writing Kanye West's "All Day", as well as best music video.

Tied with Taylor Swift is Toronto’s The Weeknd, who is in the running for seven Grammys including the Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards. He is also nominated for best pop solo performance, best R&B performance, best R&B song, best contemporary album, and best song written for visual media.

Nominated are his album Beauty Behind The Madness, and the singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Earned It” from the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack.

Drake scored five nominations including best rap album, while Alabama Shakes have four nominations: album of the year for Sound & Color, alternative music album, rock performance, and rock song for "Don't Wanna Fight".

Fellow Canadian songwriters Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio and Jason Quenneville also picked up nominations for working with The Weeknd.

In genres such as R&B, rap, hip-hop, and country, numerous songwriters, musicians and composers pile on to split income and earn credits. Often times it seems almost laughable. Case in point is Kanye West's recording of "All Day", where the credits read as follows:

Writers: Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)

Label: Def Jam Recordings; Publisher(s): Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./MPL Communications Inc./TYLER BRANT PUBLISHING/WB Music Corp./ Hard Working Black Folks Inc./Top Dawg Music/Excuse My French Music/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Monarch Music/Abou Thiam Publishing/Victor Kwesi Mensah Publishing Designee/ALLEN KYARIGA/EMI Blackwood Music o/b/o Papa George Publishing/Kaya and Ethan Music/Primary Wave Brian/Noah Goldstein admin. by Reach Music Publishing/Ritter Boy LLC/Mario Winans Publishing Designee/Broken Locks/Songs of Universal Inc./Jabriel Iz Myne /Universal Music/Patrick Reynolds Publishing Designee/Smooth Thug Music/Noel Ellis Publishing Designee/Justin Combs Music Publishing administered by EMI April Music.

Projects like this must be music to the ears of accountants and lawyers as much as to those with a finger in the pie earning a royalty from whatever note, word, or coffee and a sandwich they contributed to the recording process.

Other Canadians noted in the nominations:

  • Justin Bieber earns a nod as a featured artist with Skrillex and Diplo on "Where Are Ü Now"
  • Dan Snaith who performs as Caribou is nominated for Our Love in the best Dance/Electronic Album category
  • Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba for best Latin pop album for Healer
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor, Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail - in best Opera Recording
  • Karina Gauvin, soprano, Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe - in best Opera Recording
  • Joni Mitchell for her album Liner-Notes attached to Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced  
  • Newfoundland and Labrador native Matt Maher for best Contemporary Christian music album for Saints And Sinners and best contemporary Christian music performance/song for “Because He Lives (Amen)"
  • Ron Korb, nominated in the best New Age album, for Asia Beauty
  • Charles Moniz, part of the team nominated for record of the year for "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • Compilation producer Kevin Howes of Vancouver for best Historical Album for Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966_1985
  • Peter Moore and Jan Haust respectively earn mention for mastering and as a compilation editor on Bob Dylan & The Band's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, nominated in the best Historical Album category 
  • Montreal’s Michael Silver, also known as CFCF, for best Remixed Recording Non-Classical for Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix)

The complete Grammy nominations list can be viewed here.


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