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2016 Grammy Nominees Announced

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Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton will be country’s most nominated artists at the 2016 Grammy Awards in February. Both scored all-genre nominations in addition to nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Song.

Their nominations won’t come as a surprise to anyone who watched the 2015 CMA Awards, when Stapleton and Little Big Town won three awards each. LBT’s “Girl Crush” is up for three awards at the 2016 Grammys, including all-genre Song of the Year. Stapleton’s Traveller album is up for all-genre Album of the Year as well as Best Country Album. The title track also notched two nominations.

Other country stars with multiple Grammy noms include Sam Hunt (Best New Artist, all-genre and Best Country Album), Lee Ann Womack (Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance) and Ashley Monroe (Best Country Album, Best Country Duo / Group Performance for “Lonely Tonight” with Blake Shelton).

Kendrick Lamar leads all artists with 11 Grammy nominations, while Taylor Swift and the Weeknd scored seven each. The 2016 Grammy Awards air on Feb. 15 at 8PM ET on CBS.

2016 Grammy Nominees (Country):

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
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”

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

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

Best Country Song (Awarded to Songwriters)
Lee Ann Womack, “Chances Are”
Tim McGraw feat. Catherine Dunn, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Brandy Clark, “Hold My Hand”
Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”

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 and Eric Paslay, “The Driver”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight”

Best Americana Album
Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind
Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
The Mavericks, Mono
Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues 

Best American Roots Song (Awarded to Songwriters)
The Mavericks, “All Night Long”
Don Henley and Merle Haggard, “The Cost of Living”
Punch Brothers, “Julep”
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, “The Traveling Kind”
Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”

Best American Roots Performance
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “And Am I Born to Die”
Buddy Guy, “Born to Play Guitar”
The Milk Carton Kids, “City of Our Lady”
Punch Brothers, “Julep”
Mavis Staples, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

Best Bluegrass Album
Dale Ann Bradley, Pocket Full of Keys
Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Before the Sun Goes Down
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, In Session
Ralph Stanley & Friends, Man of Constant Sorrow
The SteelDrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings

Best Folk Album
Norman Blake, Wood, Wire & Words
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn
Patty Griffin, Servant of Love
Glen Hansard, Didn’t He Ramble

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Pitch Perfect 2
Selma

Best Recording Package
Alagoas, Alagoas
Snoop Dogg, Bush
Florence + the Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Elvis Presley, My Happiness
Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel

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