2016 Grammy Awards: Top Nominations & Predictions!

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We are just two months away from the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and the first batch of nominations were announced on CBS “This Morning”!

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations, including “Album of the Year” for his third album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Hopefully, NARAS will get it right this time. Remember back in 2014, he was up for 7 nods for “good kid, m.A.A.d city” but walked home with nada? Yeah… I’m really rooting for his new album. It’s socially conscious, thematically complex – just what the Grammy voters love.

Taylor Swift and The Weeknd shortly follows with 7 nods total, and Ed Sheeran scored in 3 of the big 4 categories – “Record of the Year,” “Album of the year,” and “Song of the Year”.

Biggest Surprise:
The “Best New Artist” category is always a wild card, Courtney Barnett’s nomination got everyone screaming – “Who?!” Although she’s a critics darling, her album “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit” has exactly been a chart-topper. She has yet to reach the mainstream success and recognition most of the contenders in that category garner.

Biggest Snubs:
Madonna, Madonna, Madonna. The fact that there is no mention of Queen Madge’s latest album “Rebel Heart” is definitely a snub for the veteran singer. Was enlisting Diplo, Kanye, and Nicki not enough?
Rihanna – where in the world is RiRi? Her single “FourFiveSeconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney seemed to be the perfect contender for the Grammys! Not only do Grammy voters typically love a cross-genre/cross-generation collaboration, getting Paul McCartney and Rihanna together on the same track must have been no easy feat.
Justin Bieber – poor Justin. Diplo is up for “Producer of the Year,” and shares “Best Dance Recording” and “Best Dance/Electronic Album” categories with his partner-in-crime, Skrillex. The Biebs’ album “Purpose” dropped just in time for the eligibility of the Grammys, and “What Do You Mean” was gearing up to be a top contender. Now, he shares his only nod with Skrillex and Diplo for “Where Are U Now”.
Fetty Wap snagged his very first nomination with “Trap Queen,” although I’m quite shocked he was snubbed of the “Best New Artist” category.

Until Next Year:
Adele – Right now, you must be screaming “WHERE IS ADELE?!” Have no fear. The massive strides the 27-year-old vocal powerhouse in gearing up for a successful comeback has not been ignored. Her album “25” simply was not released during the qualifying time frame to be considered for the 2016 Grammys. Until next year… HELLO!
Other artists like 1D and 5SOS didn’t make the cut either.

This year, I will be hosting the red carpet LIVE with my super talented AP Live team, bringing viewers all over the world live coverage from the biggest night in music! Tweet me your reactions and predictions to the first batch of nominations @xixiyang, vote in the big 4 categories below and watch our coverage on February 15th, 2016!

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(AP Global Entertainment & Lifestyle Editor Nekesa Moody, Nicole Evatt, and XiXi Yang) 

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