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December, 8

Kendrick Lamar Leads Grammy Nominations

Kendrick Lamar Leads Grammy Nominations

Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations for the Grammy awards after being named in 11 categories, including album of the year for To Pimp A Butterfly.

The 28-year-old hip hop artist from Compton left Taylor Swift trailing with seven nods for the biggest awards in the music industry.

Canadian rapper The Weeknd also got seven nominations after a break-out year for his album Beauty Behind The Madness and best-selling single Can't Feel My Face.

Lamar, who won two Grammys last year in the specialist rap category, broke into the mainstream this year. He will also compete for song of the year for Alright, best pop duo with Swift for her hit Bad Blood and music video for the same single.

To Pimp A Butterfly, his third studio album, has topped the US and UK music charts with its fusion of funk, jazz and poetry.

Seven-time Grammy winner Swift's other nominations this year include record, song of the year and best pop solo performance for Blank Space.

Erotic drama Fifty Shades Of Grey powered The Weeknd to three of his Grammy nods for single Earned It which was featured on the movie's soundtrack.

The 25 year-old Canadian has never won a Grammy in his five year-long career.

Ed Sheeran's ballad Thinking Out Loud was also nominated for both record of the year and song of the year. He was also named in the best pop solo performance category.

The 24-year-old tweeted: "I wasn't expecting the Grammy noms, thank you."

Mark Ronson's collaboration with Bruno Mars on Uptown Funk won the pair three nominations in the best pop vocal, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance categories.

James Bay will compete for the best new artist prize, while Adele was not eligible because her album 25 was released too late.

She won six Grammys in 2011 for her second album 21.

The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on 15 February.

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