Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd Get a Ton of Grammy Nominations

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Taylor Swift applauds as Kacey Musgraves wins the award for best country album for "Same Trailer, Different Park" at the Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014. Mario Anzuoni/REUTERS

Taylor Swift is up against two of her friends and occasional co-performers, rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B sensation the Weeknd, for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

The three stars, each crossover artists representing his or her own corner of the 2015 pop landscape, lead the newly announced pack of Grammy nominees.

Lamar received eight nominations for his acclaimed, genre-bending opus To Pimp a Butterfly, while Swift and the Weeknd garnered six nominations each. Swift managed to land nominations in the album of the year, song of the year and record of the year categories, for her monstrously successful 2014 album, 1989and the single "Blank Space."

Rounding out the album of the year category are To Pimp a Butterfly, the Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness, Chris Stapleton's Traveller and Alabama Shakes's Sound and Color. Swift and Lamar, who collaborated on her "Bad Blood" video, were each nominated for that award in 2014, losing out to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.

In the record of the year category, the Weeknd's summer hit "Can’t Feel My Face" is up against D'Angelo, Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran and (once again) Swift.

Recently ascendant Southern rock group Alabama Shakes garnered an enviable four nominations, as did Drake, Kanye West and Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine.

Since the Grammys' eligibility period runs from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015, recent releases by Justin Bieber and Adele, whose album 25 has dominated the charts since late November, were not eligible for nomination.

But inevitably, there are snubs. Carly Rae Jepsen's acclaimed third album, E•MO•TION, received zero nominations, as did Lana Del Rey's Honeymoon. Rapper Fetty Wap was, somewhat strangely, left out of the best new artist category, though some might see that as a blessing. And Sleater-Kinney's reunion album, No Cities to Love, was left out of the best rock album and best alternative album categories.

The Grammy Awards will take place February 15 in Los Angeles. Here's the complete list of nominees:

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

  • 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”

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

Best New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Kelly Clarkson, "Heartbeat Song"
  • Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"
  • Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
  • Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
  • The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Florence + the Machine, "Ship to Wreck"
  • Maroon 5, "Sugar"
  • Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
  • Taylor Swift Feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
  • Wiz Khalifa Feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

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 Pop Vocal Album

  • Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece
  • Florence + the Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  • Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
  • Taylor Swift, 1989
  • James Taylor, Before This World

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 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 Rap Performance

  • J. Cole, "Apparently"
  • Drake, "Back to Back"
  • Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
  • Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
  • Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake and Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"
  • Kanye West Feat. Theophlius London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney, "All Day"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • Big Sean Feat. Kanye West and John Legend, "One Man Change the World"
  • Common and John Legend, "Glory"
  • Jidenna Feat. Roman GianArthur, "Classic Man"
  • Kendrick Lamar Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat, "These Walls"
  • Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, "Only"

Best Rap Song

  • Kanye West, "All Day"
  • Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
  • Drake, "Energy"
  • Common and John Legend, "Glory"
  • Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

Best Rap Album

  • J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  • Dr. Dre, Compton
  • Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
  • Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

Best Country Solo Performance

  • Cam, "Burning House"
  • Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"
  • Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"
  • Keith Urban, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
  • Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Brothers Osborne, "Stay a Little Longer"
  • Joey + Rory, "If I Needed You"
  • Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay, "The Driver"
  • Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
  • Blake Shelton Feat. Ashley Monroe, "Lonely Tonight"

Best Country Song

  • Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"
  • Tim McGraw, "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools"
  • Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
  • Brandy Clark, "Hold My Hand"
  • Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"

Best Country Album

  • Sam Hunt, Montevallo
  • Little Big Town, Pain Killer
  • Ashley Monroe, The Blade
  • Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
  • Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Rock Performance

  • Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
  • Florence + the Machine, "What Kind of Man"
  • Foo Fighters, "Something From Nothing"
  • Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
  • Wolf Alice, "Mona Lisa Smile"

Best Metal Performance

  • August Burns Red, "Identity"
  • Ghost, "Cirice"
  • Lamb of God, "512"
  • Sevendust, "Thank You"
  • Slipknot, "Custer"

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 + 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, The Gray Chapter

Best Alternative Music Album

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

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"

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • Faith Evans, "He Is"
  • Lalah Hathaway, "Little Ghetto Boy"
  • Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
  • Tyrese, "Shame"
  • Charlie Wilson, "My Favorite Part of You"

Best R&B Song

  • Miguel, "Coffee"
  • The Weeknd, "Earned It"
  • Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
  • D'Angelo, "Really Love"
  • Tyrese, "Shame"

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • The Internet, Ego Death
  • Kehlani, You Should Be Here
  • Lianne La Havas, Blood
  • Miguel, Wildheart
  • The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Best R&B Album

  • Leon Bridges, Coming Home
  • D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
  • Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall
  • Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
  • Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

Best Spoken Word Album

  • Patti Smith, Blood on Snow (Jo Nesbø)
  • Dick Cavett, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks
  • Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
  • Janis Ian & Jean Smart, Patience and Sarah (Isabel Miller)
  • Amy Poehler, Yes Please

Best Comedy Album

  • Lisa Lampanelli, Back to the Drawing Board
  • Wyatt Cenac, Brooklyn
  • Jay Mohr, Happy. And a Lot
  • Craig Ferguson, Just Being Honest
  • Louis C.K., Live at Madison Square Garden

Best Musical Theater Album

  • An American in Paris
  • Fun Home
  • Hamilton
  • The King and I
  • Something Rotten!