Hot on the heels of the Latin GRAMMY Awards (Nov 19), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences just announced the official nominees of the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which airs Feb 15, 2016 at 8/7c on CBS.
Kendrick Lamar leads with 11 GRAMMY nominations while Taylor Swift and The Weeknd earn 7, Drake received 5, Alabama Shakes and Florence + the Machine have 4, and Kanye West, D’Angelo, and Diplo saw 3 nods respectively.
Tons of buzzworthy artists like Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, and Chris Stapleton have all been nominated this year, but you don’t have to wait until the ceremony to get your fix – they all have upcoming concerts that are worth checking out. And they’re not alone – a whole bunch of this year’s GRAMMY nominees are currently on tour, so we compiled a list to help you find performances near you.
Last year’s Album of the Year award went to Beck, a dark horse in the category whose win surprised just about everyone – including Beck himself. This year it’s anyone’s game, with groundbreaking albums from Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, and The Weeknd all in the running.
British crooner Sam Smith took home Record of the Year last year with his soulful “Stay With Me”. This year, emotionally charged contenders like “Really Love” by D’Angelo And The Vanguard and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran have a shot at following in his footsteps. Other contenders include, “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
Smith also took home the coveted Best New Artist award last year, firmly establishing himself as the new prince of pop. This year talented up-and-comers Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, and Meghan Trainor are all up for the award, and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top.