Some nominees...

Kendrick Lamar (above) is one of the top three contenders along with Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.
Kendrick Lamar (above) is one of the top three contenders along with Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.PHOTO: REUTERS

Album of the Year

Alabama Shakes, Sound And Color; Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly; Chris Stapleton, Traveller; Taylor Swift, 1989; The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Record of the Year

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Really Love; Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk; Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud; Taylor Swift, Blank Space; The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar, Alright; Taylor Swift, Blank Space; Little Big Town, Girl Crush; Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, See You Again; Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud

Best New Artist

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

Best Pop Solo Performance

Kelly Clarkson, Heartbeat Song; Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do; Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud; Taylor Swift, Blank Space; The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Florence And The Machine, Ship To Wreck; Maroon 5, Sugar; Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk; Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood; Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, See You Again

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes, Don't Wanna Fight; Florence And The Machine,What Kind Of Man; Foo Fighters, Something From Nothing; Elle King, Ex's & Oh's; Wolf Alice, Moaning Lisa Smile

Best Rap Performance

J. Cole, Apparently; Drake, Back To Back; Fetty Wap, Trap Queen; Kendrick Lamar, Alright; Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne, Truffle Butter; Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, All Day

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2015, with the headline 'Some nominees...'. Print Edition | Subscribe