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As 2015 slowly comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on all of the music that has been released this year. In my opinion, 2015 has been a very good year for the music industry. Artists from every side of the music spectrum have been on a roll and I only hope we enter 2016 with the same momentum.

Earlier today The Grammys released their full list of nominations. With 83 different categories and over 400 individual nominations, it is nice to see a wide variety of artists finally obtaining recognition for their music.

Below, I have compiled an assorted list of a few nominees in their respective categories for your viewing pleasure. (CLICK HERE for the entire list of nominations.)

Also, be sure to tune in to The 58th Grammys celebration, premiering February 15, 2016 at 8pm/7pm central time on CBS.

Album of the Year

Alabama Shakes: Sound and 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 Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth: “See You Again”
Ed Sheeran: “Thinking Out Loud”

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night
Josh Groban: Stages
Seth MacFarlane: No One Ever Tells You
Barry Manilow (& Various Artists): My Dream Duets

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston: “We’re All We Need”
The Chemical Brothers: “Go”
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar: “Never Catch Me”
Galantis: “Runaway (U & I)”
Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber: “Where Are Ü Now”

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes: “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Florence and The Machine: “What Kind Of Man”
Foo Fighters: “Something From Nothing”
Elle King: “Ex’s & Oh’s”
Wolf Alice: “Moaning Lisa Smile”

Best Alternative Music Album

Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color
Björk: Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall
Tame Impala: Currents
Wilco: Star Wars

Best Rap Album

J. Cole: 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre: Compton
Drake: If You’re Reading This Its Too Late
Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Joey Alexander: My Favorite Things
Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective: Breathless
Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio: Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios
Jimmy Greene: Beautiful Life
John Scofield: Past Present

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Caribou: Our Love
The Chemical Brothers: Born in the Echoes
Disclosure: Caracal
Jamie XX: In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Bill Frisell: Guitar in the Space Age!
Wouter Kellerman: Love Language
Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia
Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: Sylva
Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV

Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes: “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Elle King: “Ex’s & Oh’s”
James Bay: “Hold Back the River”
Highly Suspect: “Lydia”
Florence and the Machine: “What Kind of Man”

Best Rock Album

James Bay: Chaos and the Calm
Death Cab for Cutie: Kintsugi
Highly Suspect: Mister Asylum
Muse: Drones
Slipknot: .5: The Gray Chapter

Best Music Film

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
James Brown: Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Nina Simone: What Happened, Miss Simone
Roger Waters: The Wall
Amy Winehouse: Amy


Written by Miles Riddle

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