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58th Annual Grammy Awards: Complete Nomination Predictions

It’s less than a month til the Grammy nominations are announced. This year seems much more crowded than usual. I think Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd are going to be the performers with the most nominations this year. Lamar was prolific throughout the year and has a lot of different projects that he could that could get him nominations. The Weeknd is helped by the fact that he has a couple songs in different genres. “Can’t Feel My Face” & “Earned It” will both do well in the Pop and R&B categories, which will give him a higher nomination total.

Otherwise, here are my complete predictions for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards…

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Record of the Year:
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Beyonce – “7/11”; Alessia Cara – “Here”; Common & John Legend – “Glory”; George Ezra – “Budapest”; Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”; Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”; Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”; Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”; Tove Lo – “Talking Body”; Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO – “Lean On”; Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”; Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”; Pharrell Williams – “Freedom”

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Album of the Year:
Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + the Machine
1989 – Taylor Swift
To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

OTHER CONTENDERS: Black Messiah – D’Angelo and the Vanguard; Chaos and the Calm – James Bay; Compton – Dr. Dre; Currents – Tame Impala; If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake; Montevallo – Sam Hunt; The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj; Sonic Highways – Foo Fighters; Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes; The Story of Sonny Boy Slim – Gary Clark Jr.; Title – Meghan Trainor; 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole; Uptown Special – Mark Ronson; Wildheart – Miguel

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Song of the Year:
“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar, Mark Spears & Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” – Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)
“Here” – Alessia Caracciolo, Robert Gerongco, Sam Gerongco, Terence Lam, Coleridge Tillman & Andrew Wansel (Alessia Cara)
“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran)
“Uptown Funk” – Jeff Bhasker, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars)

OTHER CONTENDERS: “Alive” – Sia; “Budapest” – George Ezra; “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd; “Don’t Wanna Fight” – Alabama Shakes; “FourFiveSeconds” – Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney; “Freedom” – Pharrell Williams; “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town; “Glory” – Common & John Legend; “Hold Back the River” – James Bay; “Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO; “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding; “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth; “Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt; “Talking Body” – Tove Lo; “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap; “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton

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Best New Artist:
George Ezra
Fetty Wap
Hozier
Tove Lo
Meghan Trainor

OTHER CONTENDERS: Alesso, Kelsea Ballerini, Azealia Banks, Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Chvrches, Echosmith, FKA twigs, Halsey, Ella Henderson, Sam Hunt, Vance Joy, Tori Kelly, Lianne La Havas, Shawn Mendes, RaeSremmurd, Tinashe, twenty one pilots, Walk the Moon, Jessie Ware

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Best Pop Vocal Album:
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + the Machine
1989 – Taylor Swift
Sucker – Charli XCX
Title – Meghan Trainor
Uptown Special – Mark Ronson

OTHER CONTENDERS: EMOTION – Carly Rae Jepsen; Four – One Direction; Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey; I Cry When I Laugh – Jess Glynne; Motion – Calvin Harris; Nick Jonas – Nick Jonas; Peace Is the Mission – Major Lazer; Rebel Heart – Madonna; Wanted on Voyage – George Ezra

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Best Pop Solo Performance:
George Ezra – “Budapest”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”; Alessia Cara – “Here”; Jess Glynne – “Hold My Hand”; Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”; Ella Henderson – “Ghost”; Tove Lo – “Talking Body”; Demi Lovato – “Cool for the Summer”; Paul McCartney – “Hope for the Future”; Sia – “Alive”; Meghan Trainor – “Lips Are Movin”

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Best Pop Duo or Group Performance:
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO – “Lean On”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”; Florence + the Machine – “Ship to Wreck”; David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack – “Hey Mama”; Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor – “Marvin Gaye”; Sam Smith featuring John Legend – “Lay Me Down”; Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood [Remix]”; Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend – “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”; Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance [Acoustic]”; Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney – “Only One”

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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
It’s the Girls! – Bette Midler
My Dream Duets – Barry Manilow
Shadows in the Night – Bob Dylan
The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern – Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
Stages – Josh Groban

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Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Caracal – Disclosure
In Colour – Jamie xx
Listen – David Guetta
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U – Skrillex & Diplo
True Colors – Zedd

OTHER CONTENDERS: Automatic – Kaskade; Born in the Echoes – The Chemical Brothers; Forever – Alesso; Hairless Toys – Roisin Murphy; The Inevitable End – Royksopp; Love Is Free – Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique; Neon Future II – Steve Aoki; This Mixtape Is Fire – Dillon Francis

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Best Dance Recording:
Alesso featuring Tove Lo – “Heroes (We Could Be)”
The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip – “Go”
Galantis – “Runaway (U&I)”
Calvin Harris featuring John Newman – “Blame [Extended Mix]”
Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are U Now”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – “Real Love”; Disclosure – “Bang That”; Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”; Martin Garrix featuring Usher – “Don’t Look Down”; David Guetta & Showtek featuring Vassy – “Bad”; Kaskade featuring Ilsey – “Disarm You”; MAX featuring Hoodie Allen – “Gibberish”; Giorgio Moroder – “74 Is the New 24”; Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique featuring Maluca – “Love Is Free”; Royksopp & Robyn – “Monument”; Armin van Buuren featuring Mr. Probz – “Another You”; Zedd featuring Jon Bellion – “Beautiful Now”

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Best Rock Album:
American Beauty/American Psycho – Fall Out Boy
Chaos and the Calm – James Bay
Hozier – Hozier
1989 – Ryan Adams
Sonic Highways – Foo Fighters

OTHER CONTENDERS: Blurryface – twenty one pilots; Crosseyed Heart – Keith Richards; Drones – Muse; Everything Will Be Alright in the End – Weezer; Rock or Bust – AC/DC; Smoke + Mirrors – Imagine Dragons; Storytone – Neil Young; Wilder Mind – Mumford & Sons

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Best Rock Song:
“Don’t Wanna Fight” – Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)
“The Healing” – Gary Clark Jr. (Gary Clark Jr.)
“Hold Back the River” – Iain Archer & James Bay (James Bay)
“Someone New” – Sallay-Matu Garnett & Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Hozier)
“Something From Nothing” – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear (Foo Fighters featuring Rick Nielsen)

OTHER CONTENDERS: “Believe” – Mumford & Sons; “Ex’s and Oh’s” – Elle King; “I Bet My Life” – Imagine Dragons; “Let It Happen” – Tame Impala; “Song for Someone” – U2; “Tear in My Heart” – twenty one pilots; “That Black Bat Licorice” – Jack White; “Uma Thurman” – Fall Out Boy; “What Kind of Man” – Florence + the Machine

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Best Rock Performance:
Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Florence + the Machine – “What Kind of Man”
Foo Fighters featuring Rick Nielsen – “Something From Nothing”
Imagine Dragons – “I Bet My Life”
Jack White – “Would You Fight for My Love?”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Ryan Adams – “Bad Blood”; James Bay – “Hold Back the River”; Beck – “Dreams”; Gary Clark Jr. – “Grinder”; The Decemberists – “Make You Better”; Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”; Hozier – “Someone New”; Elle King – “Ex’s and Oh’s”; Mumford & Sons – “Believe”; Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”; twenty one pilots – “Tear in My Heart”; U2 – “Song for Someone”; Neil Young – “When I Watch You Sleeping”

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Best Alternative Music Album:
Carrie & Lowell – Surfjan Stevens
Currents – Tame Impala
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura – Bjork
You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus

OTHER CONTENDERS: Depression Cherry – Beach House; I Love You, Honeybear – Father John Misty; M3LL155X – FKA twigs; Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett; Star Wars – Wilco; Strangers to Ourselves – Modest Mouse; The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket; Yours, Dreamily, – The Arcs

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Best R&B Album:
Black Messiah – D’Angelo and the Vanguard
The Intimate Truth – Ledisi
The London Sessions – Mary J. Blige
Love Life – Tamia
The Story of Sonny Boy Slim – Gary Clark Jr.

OTHER CONTENDERS: BEcoming – Stacy Barthe; Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson; Incomparable – Faith Evans; Love Sex Passion – Raheem DeVaughn; Non-Fiction – Ne-Yo; Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan; Woman – Jill Scott

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Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Aquarius – Tinashe
Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd
Blood – Lianne La Havas
Bush – Snoop Dogg
Wildheart – Miguel

OTHER CONTENDERS: Fan of a Fan: The Album – Chris Brown & Tyga; futuresoul – Boney James; Jackie – Ciara; Kauai – Childish Gambino; True Romance – Estelle; Wondaland Presents: The Eephus – Various Artists

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Best R&B Song:
“All Hands on Deck” – Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Magnus August Hoiberg, Tinashe Kachingwe & Bebe Rexha (Tinashe)
“Bitch Better Have My Money” – Badrilla Bourelly, Robyn Fenty, Jamille Pierre, Travis Scott & Kanye West (Rihanna)
“Coffee” – Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel (Miguel)
“Earned It” – Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)
“Really Love” – D’Angelo & Kendra Foster (D’Angelo and the Vanguard)

OTHER CONTENDERS: “Conqueror” – Estelle & Jussie Smollett; “I Don’t Mind” – Usher featuring Juicy J; “Peaches N Cream” – Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson; “Slow Motion” – Trey Songz; “Sober” – Childish Gambino; “Touched by an Angel” – Charlie Wilson; “What You Don’t Do” – Liane La Havas; “Wings” – Gary Clark Jr.; “Yoga” – Janelle Monae featuring Jidenna

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Best R&B Performance:
Beyonce – “7/11”
D’Angelo and the Vanguard – “Really Love”
Ledisi – “Lose Control”
Miguel – “Coffee”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Childish Gambino – “Sober”; Estelle & Jussie Smollett – “Conqueror”; Lianne La Havas – “What You Don’t Do”; Janelle Monae featuring Jidenna – “Yoga”; Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”; Snoop Dogg featuring Stevie Wonder – “California Roll”; Trey Songz – “Slow Motion”; Tinashe – “All Hands on Deck”; Usher featuring Juicy J – “I Don’t Mind”; Malcolm-Jamal Warner featuring Lalah Hathaway – “Spark & Tingle”; Charlie Wilson – “Touched by an Angel”

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Best Traditional R&B Performance:
Gary Clark Jr. – “Our Love”
D’Angelo and the Vanguard – “Ain’t That Easy”
Anthony Hamilton – “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto”
Lalah Hathaway – “Little Ghetto Boy”
Lauryn Hill – “Feeling Good”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Raheem DeVaughn – “Queen”; Mike Flanigin featuring Gary Clark Jr. – “Stop the World”; Boney James featuring Stokley – “Either Way”; Dave Koz featuring Kenny Lattimore & Rick Braun – “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”; Jill Scott – “Back Together”; Mavis Staples – “Fight”; Charlie Wilson – “My Favorite Part of You”

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Best Rap Album:
Compton – Dr. Dre
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake
The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj
To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole

OTHER CONTENDERS: At. Long. Last. A$AP – A$AP Rocky; Dark Sky Paradse – Big Sean; Dreams Worth More Than Money – Meek Mill; Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap; Rodeo – Travis Scott; SremmLife – RaeSremmurd; What a Time to Be Alive – Drake & Future

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Best Rap Song:
“All Day” – Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noel Ellis Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans & Cydel Young (Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)
“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar, Mark Spears & Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar)
“Feeling Myself” – Chauncey Hollis, Beyonce Knowles, Nicki Minaj & Solana Rowe (Nicki Minaj featuring Beyonce)
“I Don’t Fuck with You” – Sean Anderson, Willie Hansbro, Dijon McFarlane, Dacourt Natche, Earl Stevens, Dwane Weir II & Kanye West (Big Sean featuring E-40)
“Trap Queen” – Tony Fadd & Willie Maxwell (Fetty Wap)

OTHER CONTENDERS: “All Eyes on You” – Meek Mill featuring Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown; “Ayo” – Chris Brown & Tyga; “Classic Man” – Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur; “Energy” – Drake; “Everyday” – A$AP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson; “Feel Right” – Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal; “Glory” – Common & John Legend; “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” – Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaan; “Monster” – Meek Mill; “No Type” – RaeSremmurd

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Best Rap Performance:
Drake – “Energy”
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”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Big Sean featuring Drake – “Blessings”; J. Cole – “Apparently”; Dr. Dre – “Talking to My Diary”; Eminem – “Phenomenal”; Future featuring Drake – “Where Ya At”; Wiz Khalifa – “Stayin Out All Night”; Meek Mill – “Monster”; RaeSremmurd – “No Type”; Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal – “Feel Right”; Travis Scott – “Antidote”

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Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
A$AP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson – “Everyday”
Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Common & John Legend – “Glory”
Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat – “These Walls”
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown – “Only”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Chris Brown & Tyga – “Ayo”; DJ Khaled featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Big Sean – “How Many Times”; Dr. Dre featuring Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid – “It’s All on Me”; Dr. Dre featuring King Mez & Justus – “Talk About It”; Drake featuring PartyNextDoor – “Preach”; Eminem featuring Gwen Stefani – “Kings Never Die”; Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaan – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”; Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur – “Classic Man”; Meek Mill featuring Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown – “All Eyes on You”

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Best Country Album:
Jekyll + Hyde – Zac Brown Band
Montevallo – Sam Hunt
Pageant Material – Kacey Musgraves
Pain Killer – Little Big Town
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

OTHER CONTENDERS: Cold Beer Conversation – George Strait; Djano & Jimmie – Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard; Kill the Lights – Luke Bryan; Love Somebody – Reba; Man Against Machine – Garth Brooks; Southern Style – Darius Rucker; Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett

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Best Country Song:
“Girl Crush” – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose (Little Big Town)
“Like a Wrecking Ball” – Casey Beathard & Eric Church (Eric Church)
“Smoke Break” – Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey & Carrie Underwood (Carrie Underwood)
“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt)
“Traveller” – Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

OTHER CONTENDERS: “Dime Store Cowgirl” – Kacey Musgraves; “Hold My Hand” – Brandy Clark; “Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band; “Roots and Wings” – Miranda Lambert; “Sangria” – Blake Shelton; “Talladega” – Eric Church; “Wild Child” – Kenny Chesney

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Best Country Solo Performance:
Brandy Clark – “Hold My Hand”
Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”
Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Garth Brooks – “Mom”; Luke Bryan – “Strip It Down”; Eric Church – “Talladega”; Hunter Hayes – “21”; Miranda Lambert – “Roots and Wings”; Kacey Musgraves – “Dime Store Cowgirl”; Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It”; George Strait – “Cold Beer Conversation”; Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”

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Best Country Duo or Group Performance:
Zac Brown Band – “Homegrown”
Lady Antebellum – “Long Stretch of Love”
Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
Kacey Musgraves featuring Willie Nelson – “Are You Sure”
Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”

OTHER CONTENDERS: Asleep at the Wheel featuring George Strait – “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)”; The Band Perry – “Live Forever”; The Doobie Brothers featuring Brad Paisley – “Rockin’ Down the Highway”; Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”; Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton – “When I Stop Dreaming”; Charles Kelley featuring Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay – “The Driver”; Maddie & Tae – “Fly”

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Best Compilation Soundtrack – Visual Media:
Amy – Antonio Pinto & Amy Winehouse
Empire: Season 1 Various Artists
Fifty Shades of Grey – Various Artists
Into the Woods – Various Artists
Pitch Perfect 2 – Various Artists

OTHER CONTENDERS: Furious 7, Home, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Magic Mike XXL, Paper Towns

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Best Score Soundtrack – Visual Media:
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
Cinderella – Patrick Doyle
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – James Newton Howard
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything – Johan Johansson

OTHER CONTENDERS: American Sniper, Furious 7, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Unbroken

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Best Song Written for Visual Media:
“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey – Admad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)
“Glory” – Selma – Lonnie Lynn & John Stephens (Common & John Legend)
“Grateful” – Beyond the Lights – Diane Warren (Rita Ora)
“Love Me Like You Do” – Fifty Shades of Grey – Savan Kotecha, Tove Lo, Max Martin, Ali Payami & Ilya Salmanzadeh (Ellie Goulding)
“See You Again” – Furious 7 – Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth (Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth)

OTHER CONTENDERS: “Come Join the Murder” – Sons of Anarchy; “Flashlight” – Pitch Perfect 2; “Hope for the Future” – Destiny; “Immortals” – Big Hero 6; “Miracles” – Unbroken; “No Apologies” – Empire; “Til It Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground; “Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre

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Best Music Video:
Beyonce – “7/11”
Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”

OTHER CONTEDERS: A$AP Rocky – “L$D”; Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”; Childish Gambino – “Sober”; Gary Clark Jr. – “When My Train Pulls In”; Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”; Maroon 5 – “Sugar”; OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down”; Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”; Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”; Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”; Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood [Remix]”; The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”; Pharrell Williams – “Freedom”

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Best Music Film:
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek to Cheek Live!
Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
Keith Richards – Under the Influence
Ed Sheeran – Live at Wembley Stadium
Amy Winehouse – Amy

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