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Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy Award nominations

Rapper Kendrick Lamar looks set to dominate the 2016 Grammy Awards after receiving 11 nominations.

The hip-hop star has landed a nod for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly, Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance for Alright and Best Pop/Duo Performance for his appearance on Taylor Swift's Bad Blood.


He is nominated twice in the Best Music Video category for Bad Blood and Alright, and twice for Best Rap Song for Alright and for his co-writing credit on Kanye West's All Day.


Lamar also achieved nods for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for These Walls, and Best Dance Recording for his feature on Flying Lotus' single Never Catch Me.


He is closely followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who have received seven nominations apiece. All three acts will compete for Album of the Year, with Swift's 1989 and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness featuring alongside Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color) and Chris Stapleton (Traveller).


Swift and The Weeknd also go head-to-head for Record of the Year for Blank Space and Can't Feel My Face respectively. They are joined by Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud and Really Love by D'Angelo and The Vanguard.


Other Song of the Year nominees include Swift's Blank Space, Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud, Little Big Town's Girl Crush and See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.


Blank Space and Thinking Out Loud were also named in the Best Pop Solo Performance category, alongside Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do, The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face and Kelly Clarkson's Heartbeat Song.


Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor are in competition for the Best New Artist prize.


The 58th annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 15 February (16).

The main nominees are as follows:

Record of the Year:


D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Really Love


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk


Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud


Taylor Swift - Blank Space


The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face

Album of the Year:


Alabama Shakes - Sound & 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 Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth - See You Again


Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Best New Artist:


Courtney Barnett


James Bay


Sam Hunt


Tori Kelly


Meghan Trainor

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 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 Pop Duo/Group Performance:


Florence + The Machine - Ship to Wreck


Maroon 5 - Sugar


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood


Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth - See You Again

Best Rock Song:


Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight


Elle King - Ex's and 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 - The Gray Chapter



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 Album:


Sam Hunt - Montevallo


Little Big Town - Pain Killer


Ashley Monroe - The Blade


Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material


Chris Stapleton - Traveller

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 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 Song:


Kanye West - All Day


Kendrick Lamar - Alright


Drake - Energy


Common & John Legend - Glory


Fetty Wap - Trap Queen

Best Rap Album:


J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive


Dr. Dre - Compton


Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late


Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly


Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

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 U



Best Reggae Album:


Rocky Dawuni - Branches of the Same Tree


Jah Cure - The Cure


Barrington Levy - Acousticalevy


Luciano - Zion Awake


Morgan Heritage - Strictly Roots

Best Alternative Music Album:


Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color


Bjork - Vulnicura


My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall


Tame Impala - Currents


Wilco - Star Wars

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 Music Video:


A$AP Rocky - LSD


The Dead Weather - I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)


Kendrick Lamar - Alright


Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood


Pharrell Williams - Freedom.