Listen Live
97.9 The Box Featured Video
John Legend poses with his awards during

Source: GABRIEL BOUYS / Getty

Before you check out the full list of 2016 Grammy nominations, here’s a break down of 16 things to know about this year’s 58th Grammy awards.

1. Nomination Leaders

Kendrick Lamar is up for 11 nominations! Taylor Swift & The Weeknd also snagged 7 nominations each.

2. Album of the Year

The top three nominees of the night go head-to-head for album of the year, along with the Alabama Shakes & Chris Stapleton.

Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Taylor Swift, 1989

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

3. Song of the Year

It might be one of those award shows where Kendrick Lamar & Taylor Swift are the only people we see on stage all night. The two are even nominated as a duo for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance AND Best Music Video for her song “Bad Blood.”

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”

4. Grammy SNUBS of the Year

Drake’s “Hotline Bling” song and video broke the whole internet, BUT wasn’t nominated for any Grammys. Madonna and Prince also didn’t get nominated for any awards this year. Last but not least, although Fetty Wap shattered a Billboard chart record with his first 4 singles, he didn’t make the Best New Artist category.

5. Record 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”

6. Best Urban Contemporary Album

WARNING: Don’t sleep on the newcomers in this category. If you haven’t fallen in love with Kehlani or The Internet yet, you’re welcome.

The Internet, Ego Death

Kehlani, You Should Be Here

Lianne La Havas, Blood

Miguel, Wildheart

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

7. Best Rap Album

This winner is going to be tough to decide, take our poll below and let us know who you think should win Best Rap Album of the Year.

J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Dr. Dre, Compton

Drake, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

8. Best Rap Performance

Drake’s diss track to Meek Mill is nominated for a Grammy. If this doesn’t declare the winner of the Drake vs. Meek battle then I don’t know what will. Somebody send Nicki to console Meek.

J. Cole, “Apparently”

Drake, “Back to Back”

Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, “Truffle Butter”

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, “All Day”

9. Adele Isn’t Winning A Grammy

So everybody’s been like HELLO where’s Adele??? Even though she had the best-selling album of the year, this year’s Grammy time frame includes albums released between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015. It’s all good because we’re sure Adele will rack up Grammys next year.

10. Best Rap Song

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, “All Day”

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Drake, “Energy”

Common & John Legend, “Glory”

Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”

11. Best Music Video

A$AP Rocky, “LSD”

The Dead Weather, “I Feel Love”

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

Pharrell Williams, “Freedom”

12. Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Empire gets it’s first Grammy nomination! In our heads, I’m sure the Lyon family would be proud and partying somewhere.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Empire: Season 1

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Pitch Perfect 2


13. Best R&B Song

Miguel, “Coffee”

The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”

Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn”

D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Really Love”

Tyrese, “Shame”

14. Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton, “If I Don’t Have You”

Andra Day, “Rise Up”

Hiatus Kaiyote, “Breathing Underwater”

Jeremih feat. J. Cole, “Planes”

The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”

15. Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”

Common & John Legend, “Glory”

Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Lady Gaga, “Til It Happens to You”

16. In A Nutshell

Even though Kendrick Lamar is gon’ be alright with all of his noms, we wonder if Kanye West will stay in his seat if Taylor Swift beats out Kendrick.

Side note: We can’t wait for all the crazy looks, red carpet glam, and amazing memes to come from this show. Don’t miss the 2016 Grammy Awards on Feb. 15th!

Full list of nominees HERE.

Funniest 2014 Grammy Memes [PHOTOS]
20 photos