What Do You Think of the 2016 GRAMMY Nominees?

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Kendrick Lamar
Rather than bore you with my opinions on this year's nominees for the 58th GRAMMYs, which you would just criticize and ridicule anyway, I present for you the 2016 GRAMMY nominees for you to tear apart and condemn yourself. Because, what the world needs now is more people convinced that their opinion is the absolute, empirical, end-all be-all interpretation of what is good and acceptable. So, get to trolling and name calling. (I am not listing all 83 genres in the interest of space and my carpal tunnel, so make sure to include that in your undoubtedly brilliant appraisal of this year's supposed best musical offerings).

Album of the Year

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

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar "Alright"
Taylor Swift "Blank Space"
Little Big Town "Girl Crush"
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth "See You Again"
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"

Record of the Year (Single of the Year)

D'Angelo and the Vanguard "Really Love"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk"
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift "Blank Space"
The Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face"

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

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 Rock Song

"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 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 Wison

Best Rap Song

"All Day" Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney 
"Alright" Kendrick Lamar
"Energy" Drake
"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 Drake
To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj

Best Country Song

"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

Montevallo Sam Hunt
Painkiller Little Big Town
The Blade Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material Kacey Musgraves
Traveller Chris Stapleton

Best Gospel Album

Destined to Win (Live) Karen Clark Sheard
Living It Dorinda Clark-Cole
One Place Live Tasha Cobbs
Covered: Alive in Asia Israel & Newbreed
Life Music: Stage Two Jonathan McReynolds

Best Latin Pop Album

Terral Pablo Alborán
Healer Alex Cuba
A Quien Quiera Escuchar Ricky Martin
Sirope Alejandro Sanz
Algo Sucede Julieta Venegas

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Amanecer Bomba Estereo
Mondongo La Cuneta Son Machín
Hasta La Raíz Natalia Lafourcade
Caja de Música Monsieur Periné
Dale Pitbull

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) 

Mi Vicio Mas Grande Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga
Ya Dimé Adios La Maquinaria Norteña
Zapateando Los Cojolites
Realidades Los Tigres Del Norte
Tradición, Arte y Pasión Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano

Best Americana Album

The Firewatcher's Daughter Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free Jason Isbell
Mono The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues Punch Brothers

Best Blues Album

Descendants of Hill Country Cedric Burnside Project
Outskirts of Love Shemekia Copeland
Born to Play Guitar Buddy Guy
Worthy Bettye Lavette
Muddy Waters 100 John Primer & Various Artists

Best Folk Album

Wood, Wire & Words Norman Blake
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Tomorrow is my Turn Rhiannon Giddens
Servant of Love Patty Griffin
Didn't He Ramble Glen Hansard

Best Reggae Album

Branches of the Same Tree Rocky Dawuni
The Cure Jah Cure
Acousticalevy Barrington Levy
Zion Awake Luciano
Strictly Roots Morgan Heritage

Best World Music Album

Gilbertos Sambo Ao Vivo Gilberto Gil
Sings Angelique Kidjo
Music from Inala Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Ella Spiro & the Inala Ensemble
Home Anoushka Shankar
I Have No Everything Here Zomba Prison Project
For the full listings of 2015 nominees, poor grammar and all, visit GRAMMY.com

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