Sam Hunt earns two Grammy nominations, Chris Stapleton earns Album of the Year nod

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Grammy Awards

It’s a big day in music today with the 2016 Grammy Award nominations being announced this morning.

This year, Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earned seven. Sam Hunt earned a respectable two – one for Best New Artist and one for Best Country Album with his “Montevallo” – and Chris Stapleton scored a nod for Album of the Year. Unfortunately, he was ineligible for the Best New Artist award due to having been nominated while he was the lead singer for the bluegrass group The SteelDrivers. Little Big Town’s controversial-for-a-minute Girl Crush is nominated for Song of the Year.

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

You can view the full list of Grammy nominees here. The country artists nominated are listed below.

Album Of The Year:

  • Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
  • To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
  • Traveller — Chris Stapleton
  • 1989 — Taylor Swift
  • Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

Song Of The Year:

  • “Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
  • “Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
  • “See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
  • “Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist:

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

Best Country Album:

  • Montevallo — Sam Hunt
  • Pain Killer — Little Big Town
  • The Blade — Ashley Monroe
  • Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves
  • Traveller — Chris Stapleton

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 & Eric Paslay, The Driver
  • Little Big Town, Girl Crush
  • Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe, Lonely Tonight

Best Americana Album:

  • The Firewatcher’s Daughter — Brandi Carlile
  • The Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
  • Something More Than Free — Jason Isbell
  • Mono — The Mavericks
  • The Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers

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