2015 Grammy Nominations

Grammy season is finally here. Thankfully, the nominations are not as disappointing as they have been in the past.

Kendrick Lamar leads all artists with eleven nominations, including album of the year, song of the year, and best rap album. Lamar’s racially charged album To Pimp a Butterfly made waves this year through cultural commentary and is labeled by some as the “key statement of this generation’s civil rights movement”. After having his album good kid, m.A.A.d city snubbed in favor of Macklemore’s The Heist during the 2014 Grammy Awards, these nominations come as a welcome honor for the 28 year old artist.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in all the top three categories: 1989 is up for Album of the Year, while Blank Space is nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. This has definitely been Taylor Swift’s year. But then again, when is it not?

Soulful tracks “See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” are up for Song of the Year. Record of the Year nominees include hits “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. While Song of the Year and Record of the Year may sound extremely similar, they are completely different in one simple way. Record of the Year awards the artist; Song of the Year honors the songwriters themselves.

Drake’s diss track “Back to Back” is nominated for Best Rap Performance, reigniting the feud between Drake and Meek Mill. Many say that Mill has already lost the battle he started with Drake in July; this grammy nomination only rubs salt into the wound. On a less victorious note, Drake’s surprise and chart-topping hit “Hotline Bling” is not nominated due to a simple clerical error.

Artists Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, and Meghan Trainor are all vying for one of the most prestigious and sought after awards in music, Best New Artist. In the talk of the potential winner, Trainor’s nomination has been a major source of confusion. The 21 year old singer was nominated for Record and Song of the Year for “All About That Bass” during last year’s Grammy Awards, so a nod for Best New Artist seems more than a little unfair. Grammy winners, however, are not determined by album sales or Billboard charts, so Trainor’s commercial success should not be seen as an advantage.

From the nominations alone, this year’s award show looks like a must-see. The night will surely  be an interesting, entertainment filled celebration of genuine talent. Viewers may even witness the next stage of Drake and Meek Mill’s ongoing feud.

Good luck and congratulations to all the nominees.