I am so excitedddd!!!

I’ve been a blushing bride throughout this week. It’s that time of the year again! The Grammy Awards 2016 Nominations are out! Whoop Whoop!

The 58th Annual Grammy awards will hold on the 15th of February 2016 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. (This information is for those of you that plan to attend; Biko remember me abeg Madam Peters never pay this month’s salary). But before the big day comes (which of course Press Play will be covering), we can gamble away our savings (for those who have any) and place our bets on who goes home with what, because the list of nominees has been announced. It was done on the 7th of December (last Monday, don’t rack your brain) and well, it was a list to behold.

Congratulations are in order for the reigning king of rap, Kendrick Lamar, who is leading the pack with a total of 11 nominations; thus breaking Eminem’s record as the rapper with the most Grammy nominations in a single night. Maybe the Grammys are finally compensating Kendrick for his long overdue acclaim. Well done Baby!


Not too far behind are this year’s remarkable trailblazers, The Weeknd (that’s actually how to spell it) and Taylor Swift with seven nominations each, after both releasing phenomenal music in this past season. Florence and the Machine, Drake and Tom Coyne all garnered 5 nominations each, John Legend, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Pharell Williamsand Alabama Shakes had four, J.Cole , Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Charlie Puth and Mark Ronson all had three nominations per person.

All well deserved. Well let’s see what for, here goes the full list:

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
Album of the Year

• Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes

• To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

• Traveler

Chris Stapleton

• 1989

Taylor Swift

• Beauty Behind The Madness

The Weeknd

Song of the Year

• Alright

Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

• Blank Space

Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

• Girl Crush

Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)

• See You Again

Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)

• Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist

• Courtney Barnett

• James Bay

• Sam Hunt

• Tori Kelly

• Meghan Trainor
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)


• Where Are Ü Now

Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber
Best Dance/Electronic Album

• Our Love


• Born In The Echoes

The Chemical Brothers

• Caracal


• 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

• Don’t Wanna Fight

Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)

• Ex’s & Oh’s

Dave Bassett & Elle King, songwriters (Elle King)

• Hold Back The River

Iain Archer & James Bay, songwriters (James Bay)

• Lydia

Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

• What Kind Of Man

John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + the Machine)
Best Rock Album

• Chaos And The Calm

James Bay

• Kintsugi

Death Cab for Cutie

• Mister Asylum

Highly Suspect

• Drones


• .5: The Gray Chapter

Best Alternative Music Album

• Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes

• Vulnicura


• The Waterfall

My Morning Jacket

• Currents

Tame Impala

• Star Wars

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 Traditional R&B Performance

• He Is

Faith Evans

• Little Ghetto Boy

Lalah Hathaway

• Let It Burn

Jazmine Sullivan

• Shame


• My Favorite Part Of You

Charlie Wilson
Best R&B Song

• Coffee

Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel)

• Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (The Weeknd)

• Let It Burn

Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan & Dwane M. Weir II, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

• Really Love

D’Angelo & Kendra Foster, songwriters (D’Angelo and the Vanguard)

• Shame

Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson & DJ Rogers Jr, songwriters (Tyrese)
Best Urban Contemporary Album

• Ego Death

The Internet

• You Should Be Here


• Blood

Lianne La Havas

• Wildheart


• 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


• Trap Queen

Fetty Wap

• Alright

Kendrick Lamar

• Truffle Butter

Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

• All Day

Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

• One Man Can Change The World

Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend

• Glory

Common & John Legend

• Classic Man

Jidenna Featuring Roman GianArthur

• These Walls

Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat

• Only

Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song

• All Day

(Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)

• Alright

(Kendrick Lamar)

• Energy


• Glory

(Common & 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


• To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

• The Pinkprint

Nicki Minaj

Best Country Solo Performance

• Burning House


• 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


• The Driver

Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay

• Girl Crush

Little Big Town

• Lonely Tonight

Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe
Best Country Song

• Chances Are

Hayes Carll, songwriter (Lee Ann Womack)

• Diamond Rings And Old Barstools

Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton, songwriters (Tim McGraw)

• Girl Crush

Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)

• Hold My Hand

Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters (Brandy Clark)

• Traveller

(Chris Stapleton)
Best Country Album

• Montevallo

Sam Hunt

• Pain Killer

Little Big Town

• The Blade

Ashley Monroe

• Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves

• Traveller

Chris Stapleton


It’s Sam Hunt for the ladies!

Best Gospel Performance/Song

• Worth [Live]

Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

• Wanna Be Happy?

Kirk Franklin

• Intentional

Travis Greene

• How Awesome Is Our God [Live]

Israel & Newbreed Featuring Yolanda Adams

• Worth Fighting For [Live]

Brian Courtney Wilson
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

• Holy Spirit

Francesca Battistelli

• Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)


• Because He Lives (Amen)

Matt Maher

• Soul On Fire

Third Day Featuring All Sons & Daughters

• Feel It

Tobymac Featuring Mr. Talkbox
Best Gospel Album

• Destined To Win [Live]

Karen Clark Sheard

• Living It

Dorinda Clark-Cole

• One Place Live

Tasha Cobbs

• Covered: Alive In Asia [Live] (Deluxe)

Israel & Newbreed

• Life Music: Stage Two

Jonathan McReynolds
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

• Whatever The Road

Jason Crabb

• How Can It Be

Lauren Daigle

• Saints And Sinners

Matt Maher

• This Is Not A Test


• Love Ran Red

Chris Tomlin
Best Roots Gospel Album

• Still Rockin’ My Soul

The Fairfield Four

• Pray Now

Karen Peck & New River

• Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know)

Point Of Grace

Best Latin Pop Album

• Terral

Pablo Alborán

• Healer

Alex Cuba

• A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Ricky Martin

• Sirope

Alejandro Sanz

• Algo Sucede

Julieta Venegas
Best Spoken Word Album

• Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø)

Patti Smith

• Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks

Dick Cavett

• A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

Jimmy Carter

• Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller)

Janis Ian & Jean Smart

• Yes Please

Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)
Best Comedy Album

• Back To The Drawing Board

Lisa Lampanelli

• Brooklyn

Wyatt Cenac

• Happy. And A Lot.

Jay Mohr

• Just Being Honest

Craig Ferguson

• Live At Madison Square Garden

Louis C.K.

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

• Empire: Season 1

• Fifty Shades Of Grey

• Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

• Pitch Perfect 2

• Selma

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

• Birdman

Antonio Sanchez, composer

• The Imitation Game

Alexandre Desplat, composer

• Interstellar

Hans Zimmer, composer

• The Theory Of Everything

Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer

• Whiplash

Justin Hurwitz, composer
Best Song Written For Visual Media

• Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (The Weeknd)

• Glory

Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens, songwriters (Common & John Legend)

• Love Me Like You Do

Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Tove Nilsson, Ali Payami & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters (Ellie Goulding)

• See You Again

Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)

• Til It Happens To You

Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

• Jeff Bhasker

• Uptown Special (Mark Ronson) (A)

• Dave Cobb

• Traveller (Chris Stapleton) (A)

• Diplo

• Where Are Ü Now (Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber) (T)

• Larry Klein

• Speaking In Tongues (Luciana Souza) (A)

• Blake Mills

• Sound & Color (Alabama Shakes)

Best Music Video


ASAP Rocky

Dexter Navy, video director; Shin Nishigaki, video producer

• I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)

The Dead Weather

Cooper Roberts & Ian Schwartz, video directors; Candice Dragonas & Nathan Scherrer, video producers

• Alright

Kendrick Lamar

The Little Homies & Colin Tilley, video directors; Brandon Bonfiglio, Dave Free, Andrew Lerios & Luga Podesta, video producers

• Bad Blood

Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Joseph Kahn, video director; Ron Morhoff, video producer

• Freedom

Pharrell Williams

Paul Hunter, video director; Candice Dragonas & Nathan Scherrer, video producers


Best Music Film

• Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown

James Brown

Alex Gibney, video director; Peter Afterman, Blair Foster, Mick Jagger & Victoria Pearman, video producers

• Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl, video director; John Cutcliffe, John Silva, Gaby Skolnek & Kristen Welsh, video producers

• What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone

Liz Garbus, video director; Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Jayson Jackson & Justin Wilkes, video producers

• The Wall

Roger Waters

Sean Evans & Roger Waters, video directors; Clare Spencer & Roger Waters, video producers

• Amy

Amy Winehouse

Asif Kapadia, video director; James Gay-Rees, video producer.

Now there are a million and one categories for the Grammys, but let’s be honest, we both know the ones we really care about. Thus, I skipped the wonderful categories like Best Engineered Album, Best Choral Performance and all that jazz (literally, all the Jazz categories). Hopefully your favorite artists and or songs were nominated, but at this point I should note that there are many talented artists out there who are not nominated this year, or have never been and have never won a Grammy. Like Leonardo DiCaprio to an Oscar. I’m following this post with another for artists I feel were snubbed or under nominated this year. I’m especially happy for Fetty Wap, James Bay and The Empire Cast though! For the winners, we’ll just have to wait till February 15. Peace out.