Grammys 2016: Kendrick, The Weeknd Lead Nominations

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Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, pop superstar Taylor Swift and Canadian R&B experimentalist the Weeknd led the field in the 2016 Grammy Award nominations, collectively taking 25 nods in this year’s industry-bestowed honors.

Lamar is well out in front of the field with 11 nominations, the bulk of them tied to his almost universally lauded third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, but also including two for his collaboration with Swift on her hit “Bad Blood” and one for co-writing Kanye West’s nominated rap song “All Day.”

Lamar’s politically charged album is nominated in an especially diverse category alongside Swift’s blockbuster 1989, the Weeknd’s breakthrough collection Beauty Behind the Madness, Alabama Shakes’ sonically adventurous Sound & Color and country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton’s powerfully reflective Traveller.

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