Is it really surprising that Kendrick Lamar received 11 Grammy nominations? Not really, it would’ve been surprising if he hadn’t. December is a time where music publications review and rank the best albums of 2015 and To Pimp A Butterfly (TPAB) has been listed as #1 in numerous lists published by the titles from Rolling Stones and Spin to Noisey and Complex. He is currently in the lead for the following; Album of the Year (TPAB), Song of the Year (‘Alright’), Best Duo/Group Performance (Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (‘These Walls’ featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat), Best Rap Song (‘Alright’), Best Rap Album (TPAB), Best Rap Performance (‘Alright’), Best Dance Recording (Flying Lotus’ ‘Never Catch Me’), and Best Music Video (‘Alright’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’). Looking back at the Grammy’s history of not awarding artistes that aren’t upperclass white family-friendly with their deserving award — Beck winning album of the year over Beyoncé, Macklemore beating Kendrick Lamar in the Best Rap Album category — fans should prepare themselves for K-Dot going home with not as many awards as we imagine him to bring back (and for Yeezy to pull another bitch fit). In a perfect world, he’d win in the categories he’s most deserving of but even if he doesn’t, he’ll be alright. Us on the other hand… might need therapy or an award show detox.
View the full list of nominees here. Pick up a copy of our December issue to read what we had to say about Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly — yes, it was one of our best albums of 2015 too.