The Recording Academy announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards in all 83 categories. 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 presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS.
This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martin receives 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.
Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town lead the Country contenders for 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards with 3 Nominations each including All-Genre categories.
Stapleton’s Traveller was nominated for Album Of The Year; Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” for Song Of The Year; Additionally Newcomer Sam Hunt is nominated for Best New Artist all-genre. You can check out the Country Music Nominees below and the complete list of nominations for all categories here.
Best Country Solo Performance
“Burning House,” Cam
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton
“Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban
“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Stay A Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You,” Joey + Rory
“The Driver,” Charles Kelley featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
Best Country Song
“Chances Are,” Hayes Carll, songwriter (Lee Ann Womack)
“Diamond Rings And Old Barstools,” Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Jonathan Singleton, songwriters (Tim McGraw)
“Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark, Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters (Brandy Clark)
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)
Best Country Album
Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Blade, Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Traveller, Chris Stapleton
what do you think? any surprises? snubs?