Whoa! Kendrick Lamar Just Slayed the 2016 Grammy Nominations
The rapper dominated the 2016 awards show nominations with a whopping 11 nods – becoming the second most Grammy-nominated artist in a single year (b picked up 12 in 1984), according to Vibe. Among his many nominations, Kendrick nabbed an Album of the Year nomination for To Pimp a Butterfly, and will battle against Taylor Swift's 1989, Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color, Chris Stapleton's Traveller and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness.
Kendrick's competition against Taylor for the award makes the category particularly interesting considering he was featured on her hot collaboration "Bad Blood," which both of them picked up nominations for (pop/duo vocal performance and music video).
The rapper also was nominated for Song of the Year for "Alright," Best Rap Collaboration for "These Walls," Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance for "Alright," among his nods in other categories.
Following Kendrick's lead, Taylor tied the Weeknd with seven nominations, with "1989" and "Blank Space," which were nominated for song and record of the year, respectively. The Weeknd took home nominations for Best R&B Song and Performance for "Earned It," among his nominations.
Taylor and Kendrick will go up against each other again in the Song of the Year category, in which Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again," and Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" were all nominated.
As for other notable categories, Tori Kelly, Meghan Trainor, Courtney Barnett, James Bay and Sam Hunt landed nominations for Best New Artist (Take a peek at the full list of Grammy nominees, here).