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Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd Lead Grammy Nominations

  • Associated Press

Kendrick Lamar performs on stage at Power 106's 'Cali Christmas' 2015 held at The Forum on Friday, Dec., 4, 2015, in Inglewood, Calif.

Kendrick Lamar performs on stage at Power 106's 'Cali Christmas' 2015 held at The Forum on Friday, Dec., 4, 2015, in Inglewood, Calif.

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd earned top nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly,'' Swift's "1989'' and the Weeknd's "Beauty Behind the Madness'' will battle Chris Stapleton's "Traveller'' and Alabama Shakes' "Sound & Color'' for album of the year at the Grammys on Feb. 15, 2016.

Lamar's "Alright'' and Swift's "Blank Space'' are nominated for song of the year against Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again,'' Ed Sheeran's "Thinking out Loud'' and Little Big Town's "Girl Crush.''

FILE - Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater. Swift filed a counterclaim Wednesday in a groping lawsuit.

FILE - Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater. Swift filed a counterclaim Wednesday in a groping lawsuit.

Record of the year nominees include "Blank Space,'' "Thinking out Loud,'' Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk,'' the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face'' and "Really Love'' from D'Angelo and the Vanguard.

Best new artist contenders are Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Sam Hunt and Courtney Barnett.

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