All of the nominees for the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards have been revealed, and now, it’s time to peruse the huge list and spot the biggest surprises nestled among the no-brainer selections. “How did that happen?!” we shriek in excitement and exhaustion, as the major categories are always poised to elicit a few gasps.
Click here for the full list of 2016 GRAMMY nominees, then click on for the 10 biggest snubs and surprises from this year’s field of nominations!
The biggest lock to show up in this year’s album of the year category was Taylor Swift’s blockbuster pop pivot, and 1989 did indeed lock up a nod; meanwhile, “Blank Space” placed Swift in the record of the year and song of the year category, a clean major-category sweep for an artist who wasn’t eligible for best new artist.
But the narrative on Monday morning is all Kendrick Lamar: Swift got seven noms, while the Compton rapper led all artists with 11 nominations, including album of the year for To Pimp A Butterfly, song of the year for “Alright” and a placement in every single rap category. Two artists who were up for album of the year in 2014 (and lost to Daft Punk) will square off again in February, but today was clearly Kendrick’s day.