Aussies Honoured In The 2016 Grammy Awards Nominations

Written by Emmy Mack on 8th December, 2015

Aussies Honoured In The 2016 Grammy Awards Nominations

The 2016 Grammy Awards nominations have been unleashed, and there’s been plenty of love for our Aussie artists.

Melbourne troubadour Courtney Barnett has been honoured with a nod in the Best New Artist category, while Perth’s Tame Impala have been nominated for Best Alternative Album for their new one, Currents.

Melbourne future-soul heroes Hiatus Kaiyote scored their second Grammy nomination, this time for best R&B performance for their song Breathing Underwater, while veteran country music veteran Keith Urban is up for Best Country Solo Performance.

Bluesfest 2016 headliner Kendrick Lamar leads this year’s pack of nominees, scooping 11 nods in total.

The rapper – whose album To Pimp A Butterfly has just been voted one of the Top 10 albums of the year by triple j listeners – is also up for the Grammy for Album Of The Year, as well as Song Of The Year for his hit, Alright.

Lamar is also in the running for a stack of other gongs, including Best Rap Album, Rap Performance, Pop Duo/Group Performance for Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, Dance Recording for Never Catch Me with Flying Lotus, and twice in the Best Rap Song category, for both Alright and his work co-writing Kanye West’s All Day.

“It’s a testimony to his artistry,” Recording Academy CEO Neil Portow said of Lamar’s nominations (via NME). “He’s someone that’s very serious about his art and about his craft, and has been working it for quite some time. And this is one of those instances where the work pays off.”

Taylor Swift and The Weeknd both just trail Lamar with seven Grammy nods apiece, going head to head for the coveted Album Of The Year gong.

There’s also plenty of love for Drake, who scored five nominations including Best Rap Album, while Alabama Shakes led the pack for the alternative crowd with four noms: Album Of The Year for Sound & Color, Alternative Music Album, Rock Performance and Rock Song for Don’t Wanna Fight.

On the heavy side of things, Muse and Slipknot will go head to head in the Best Rock Album category for .5: The Grey Chapter and Drones, respectively.

Justin Bieber — who marked a comeback this year with the hits Sorry and What Do You Mean — is nominated for Best Dance Recording for his other hit, Where Are U Now with Skrillex and Diplo. Both Bieber and Adele’s new albums will qualify for Grammy nominations next year, since they were released after September 30th (the final day for eligibility this year).

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will air live on February 15th, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Check out the full list of nominees here, or a selection in the categories we all care about most, below.

Watch: Tame Impala – Cause I’m A Man

58th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

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 Weeknd

Song of the Year
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

Album of the Year:
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
Traveller, Chris Stapleton
1989, Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best 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

Best Pop Vocal Album
Piece by Piece, Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + the Machine
Uptown Special, Mark Ronson
1989, Taylor Swift
Before This World, James Taylor

Best 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

Best Dance Album
Our Love, Caribou
Born in the Echoes, The Chemical Brothers
Caracal, Disclosure
In Colour, Jamie xx
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo

Best 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

Best Rock Song (awarded to songwriters)
“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes
“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
“Hold Back the River,” James Bay
“Lydia,” Highly Suspect
“What Kind of Man,” Florence + the Machine

Best Rock Album
Chaos and the Calm, James Bay
Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie
Mister Asylum, Highly Suspect
Drones, Muse
.5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot

Best Alternative Music Album
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura, Björk
The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket
Currents, Tame Impala
Star Wars, Wilco

Best R&B Performance
“If I Don’t Have You,” Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up,” Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes,” Jeremih featuring J. Cole
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” The Weeknd

Best R&B Song
“Coffee,” Miguel
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” The Weeknd
“Let It Burn,” Jazmine Sullivan
“Really Love,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Shame,” Tyrese

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Ego Death, The Internet
You Should Be Here, Kehlani
Blood, Lianne La Havas
Wildheart, Miguel
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
Coming Home, Leon Bridges
Black Messiah, D’Angelo and the Vanguard
Cheers to the Fall, Andra Day,
Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Performance
“Apparently,” J. Cole
“Back to Back,” Drake
“Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
“All Day,” Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Only Man Can Change the World,” Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend
“Glory,” Common and John Legend
“Classic Man,” Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
“These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
“Only,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

Best Rap Song
“All Day,” Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Energy,” Drake
“Glory,” Common and John Legend
“Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap

Best Rap Album
2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole
Compton, Dr. Dre
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake
To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj

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 Kelly, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

Best Country Song (awarded to songwriter)
“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack
“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” Tim McGraw
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Album
Motevallo, Sam Hunt
Pain Killer, Little Big Town,
The Blade, Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Best Musical Theater Album
An American in Paris, Original Broadway Cast
Fun Home, Original Broadway Cast
Hamilton, Original Broadway Cast
The King & I, 2015 Broadway Cast
Something Rotten!, Original Broadway Cast

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Empire: Season 1, Various Artists
Fifty Shades of Grey, Various Artists
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Various Artists
Pitch Perfect 2, Various Artists
Selma, Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Birdman, Antonio Sanchez
The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar, Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhansson
Whiplash, Justin Hurwitz

Best Song Written for Visual Media (awarded to songwriters)
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” The Weeknd
“Glory,” Common and John Legend
“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
“Till It Happens To You,” Lady Gaga

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhaskar
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

Best Music Video
“LSD,” A$AP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” The Dead Weather
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom,” Pharrell Williams

Best Music Film
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
Sonic Highways
What Happened, Miss Simone?
The Wall
Amy


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