GEORGE KENDRICK LAMAR LEADS GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS wth 11;

TAYLOR SWIFT & The WEEKND Each  Garner Seven.

ALABAMA SHAKES, KENDRICK LAMAR, CHRIS STAPLETON,TAYLOR SWIFT, AND THE WEEKND VIE FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR @The 58TH Annual GRAMMY AWARDS®FEB. 15, 2016.

LOS ANGELES (SMI-WIRE,12.07.15)The Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in all 83 categories this morning. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year's nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered. As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy's membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presentedMonday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on theCBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martinreceives six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake, and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes each earn five nominations. "The diversity in the creative community is what makes music a universal language, and it's gratifying to see the vibrancy of today's artistic landscape reflected in this year's nominations — a testament to The Academy's voting members," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music." The eclectic nature of this year's nominations is perhaps best exemplified in the Album Of The Year category, where nominees range from the alternative and soulful rock of Alabama Shakes to Lamar's thought-provoking jazz-infused rap, the classic country sounds of Chris Stapleton, the pop emergence of Swift, and the genre-bending R&B style of The Weeknd. Following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards' 30 Fields and 83 categories.

GENERAL FIELD Album Of The Year:Sound & Color — Alabama ShakesTo Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick LamarTraveller — Chris Stapleton1989 — Taylor SwiftBeauty Behind The Madness — The WeekndWatch and share the Album Of The Year category roundup video Record Of The Year:"Really Love" — D'Angelo And The Vanguard"Uptown Funk" — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars"Thinking Out Loud" — Ed Sheeran"Blank Space" — Taylor Swift"Can't Feel My Face" — The WeekndWatch and share the Record Of The Year category roundup video Song Of The Year:"Alright" — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)"Blank Space" — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)"Girl Crush" — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)"See You Again" — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)"Thinking Out Loud" — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)Watch and share the Song Of The Year category roundup video Best New Artist:Courtney BarnettJames BaySam HuntTori KellyMeghan TrainorWatch and share the Best New Artist category roundup video POP FIELDBest 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 DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELDBest Dance Recording:"We're All We Need" — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston"Go" — The Chemical Brothers"Never Catch Me" — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar"Runaway (U & I)" — Galantis"Where Are Ü Now" — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber ROCK FIELDBest Rock Performance:"Don't Wanna Fight" — Alabama Shakes"What Kind Of Man" — Florence + The Machine"Something From Nothing" — Foo Fighters"Ex's & Oh's" — Elle King"Moaning Lisa Smile" — Wolf Alice ALTERNATIVE FIELDBest Alternative Music Album:Sound & Color — Alabama ShakesVulnicura — BjörkThe Waterfall — My Morning JacketCurrents — Tame ImpalaStar Wars — Wilco R&B FIELDBest Urban Contemporary Album:Ego Death — The InternetYou Should Be Here — KehlaniBlood — Lianne La HavasWildheart — MiguelBeauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd RAP FIELDBest Rap Album:2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. ColeCompton — Dr. DreIf Youre Reading This Its Too Late — DrakeTo Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick LamarThe Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj COUNTRY FIELDBest Country Album:Montevallo — Sam HuntPain Killer — Little Big TownThe Blade — Ashley MonroePageant Material — Kacey MusgravesTraveller — Chris Stapleton JAZZ FIELD Best Jazz Instrumental Album:My Favorite Things — Joey AlexanderBreathless — Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-CollectiveCovered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper TrioBeautiful Life — Jimmy GreenePast Present — John Scofield GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD Best Gospel Album:Destined To Win (Live) — Karen Clark SheardLiving It — Dorinda Clark-ColeOne Place Live — Tasha CobbsCovered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) — Israel & NewbreedLife Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:Whatever The Road — Jason CrabbHow Can It Be — Lauren DaigleSaints And Sinners — Matt MaherThis Is Not A Test — TobymacLove Ran Red — Chris Tomlin LATIN FIELDBest Latin Pop Album:Terral — Pablo AlboránHealer — Alex CubaA Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) — Ricky MartinSirope — Alejandro SanzAlgo Sucede — Julieta Venegas AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD Best Americana Album:The Firewatcher's Daughter — Brandi CarlileThe Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellSomething More Than Free — Jason IsbellMono — The MavericksThe Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers SPOKEN WORD FIELDBest Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø) — Patti SmithBrief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks — Dick CavettA Full Life: Reflections At Ninety — Jimmy CarterPatience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) — Janis Ian & Jean SmartYes Please — Amy Poehler (& Various Artists) PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELDProducer Of The Year, Non-Classical:Jeff BhaskerDave CobbDiploLarry KleinBlake Mills MUSIC VIDEO/FILMBest Music Film:Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James BrownSonic Highways — Foo FightersWhat Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina SimoneThe Wall — Roger Waters Amy.

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