Hip hop artist and Compton native Kendrick Lamar has a leading 11 nominations for Monday night’s 58th annual Grammy Awards Monday while Taylor Swift, who will perform to open the show, and The Weeknd, who will also perform, each have seven nods.
All three are nominated for the coveted Album of the Year prize — Lamar for “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Swift for “1989” and The Weeknd for “Beauty Behind the Madness.” Also nominated are Alabama Shakes for “Sound & Color” and Chris Stapleton for “Traveller.”
Swift’s “Blank Space” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” are nominated for Record of the Year, along with D’Angelo and the Vanguard for “Really Love,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk” and Ed Sheeran for “Thinking Out Loud.”
“Blank Space” and “Thinking Out Loud” also have Song of the Year nominations for Swift and Sheeran. Also up for the prize, which is awarded to the songwriters, are Lamar’s “Alright,” Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.”
Up for Best New Artist are Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor.
The Grammys will be presented at Staples Center. LL Cool J will host the televised 5 p.m. portion of the ceremony at Staples Center. It’ll be his fifth straight year hosting the event.
The bulk of the Grammy Awards are presented during an afternoon pre- telecast ceremony.
Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which also features Lamar, is nominated for best pop duo/group performance, as is Khalifa’s “See You Again,” which features Charlie Puth. Also tabbed in the category are Ronson and Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Maroon 5’s “Sugar” and Florence and the Machine’s “Ship to Wreck.”
Lamar is also nominated in the best rap album category for “To Pimp a Butterfly.” He will compete with J. Cole for “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” Dr. Dre’s “Compton,” Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and Nick Minaj’s “The Pinkprint.”
Alabama Shakes, meanwhile, will look to take home the best alternative music album prize for “Sound & Color.” Also up for the prize are Bjork for “Vulnicura,” My Morning Jacket for “The Waterfall,” Tame Impala for “Currents” and Wilco for “Star Wars.”
The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” is up for best urban contemporary album, as are The Internet for “Ego Death,” Kehlani’s “You Should Be Here,” Lianne La Havas for “Blood” and Miguel for “Wildheart.”
Chris Stapleton is nominated for best country album for “Traveller.” Also nominated in the category are Sam Hunt for “Montevallo,” Little Big Town for “Pain Killer,” Ashley Monroe for “The Blade” and Kacey Musgraves for “Pageant Material.”
Former President Jimmy Carter is also on the lengthy list of Grammy nominees, earning a nod in the best spoken word album category for “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Dick Cavett is in the category for “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks,” as is Amy Poehler for “Yes Please.” Rounding out the category are Patti Smith for “Blood on Snow” and Janis Ian & Jean Smart for “Patience and Sarah (Isabel Miller).”
The Grammy telecast is often better known for its elaborate performances, often featuring off-beat pairings of diverse musical talents.
During tonight’s ceremony, the surviving members of the Eagles will join with Jackson Browne to pay tribute to band co-founder Glenn Frey, who died Jan. 18.
Surviving members of Earth, Wind & Fire will honor founder Maurice White, who died Feb. 3, while they present the award for Record of the Year. Earth, Wind & Fire was recognized by The Recording Academy with a lifetime achievement award this year.
The Broadway cast of “Hamilton” is also scheduled to perform, as are Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Adele, Travis Barker, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, Chris Stapleton and Meghan Trainor. Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry will also team up for a performance, taking the stage as The Hollywood Vampires.
—City News Service