The 2016 Grammy nominations are in, and they're not surprising. The favorites of the formidable musical crop are "Bad Blood" collaborators: Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar received a total of 11 nominations and Swift followed closely with seven. And it's pretty safe to assume that they will be cleaning house on award night. While both Kendrick and Taylor were nominated for album of the year—Kendrick for To Pimp a Butterfly and T-Swift for 1989—The Alabama Shakes also received a nomination for their album Sound and Color. Also noteworthy, worship leader Lauren Daigle—who we recently talked to—received a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music album for her How Can it Be. You can view a full list of this year's nominations here. Discuss
Just to keep things interesting, the Recording Academy has been slowly revealing the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards all day by having variouscelebritiestweet them out. British breakout pop sensation Sam Smith nabbed the most with nominations in five categories: Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Industry veterans like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Kanye West also did well. You can find the full list of nominees here (except the nominations for Album of the Year, which will be announced tonight during a Grammy special on CBS), but here are a few notable categories:
Record of the Year nominees: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, "Chandelier" by Sia, "Stay With Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift, and "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor.
Best alternative music album nominees: Arcade Fire, Jack White, St. Vincent, Alt-J and Cage the Elephant.
Best new artist nominees: Haim, Bastille, Sam Smith, Iggy Azaela and Brandy Clark. Discuss
Now you can own the fashion accessory that has served as the inspiration for some of the Internet’s best hat jokes. Pharrell has put the Vivienne Westwood “Mountain” hat (otherwise known as the wearable Arby’s logo) that he wore to the Grammys on eBay, with the proceeds of the sale going to benefit the organization From One Hand to Another. The non-profit supports Pharrell Williams Resource Centers’ programs for “underserved youth between the ages of 7 and 20 in at risk communities.” The bids have already surpassed $10,000 ... Discuss
You may remember when a member of the band The Knocks got in some trouble for posting this picture of Daft Punk unmasked at Sony Records a few months. Or, you may have seen this image of two maskless men that look very similar leaving LAX recently. The music site SPINR noticed that two gentlemen seated next to the robots during Sunday’s Grammy ceremony—who also congratulated Pharrell Williams for the Record of the Year win—look almost identical. Could the actual Daft Punk duo have been seated next to the robots the whole time? It appears we’ve all been Daft Punk’d ... Discuss