Welp, ye olde Grammy season is officially underway. And par the course, the internet is already abuzz with congratulatory praises and conspiracy theories in equal parts. We’ll hold off on entertaining illuminati fodder until February runs its course. Until then, your time and brain power are better served merely perusing the massive list of nominations for this year’s ceremony, which is led by Kendrick Lamar with a whopping 11 nominations, including “Album Of The Year,” “Song Of The Year,” “Best Rap Performance” and twice for”Best Rap Song;” one for his credit on Kanye‘s turn-up-til-you-cant-no-more anthem “All Day” and one for the year’s only true rival in that department, “Alright.” Kendrick even manages to grab noms for a pair of features on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Flying Lotus‘ “Never Catch Me,” respectively, making this year the one for true and total retribution after two consecutive years of snubbery.
However, even with double digit noms, Kendrick is far from the only artist with a a sizable haul, as The Weeknd has landed himself seven nominations, with D’Angelo‘s Black Messiah nabbing three nomination to give Abel a run for his money in the “Best R&B Song” and “Record Of The Year” categories, going up against Leon Bridges, Jazmine Sullivan and Andra Day for “Best R&B Album.” Hiatus Kaiyote has landed their second nomination for “Breathing Underwater” in “Best R&B Performance,” while The Roots–assisted Hamilton cast recording is in the running for “Best Musical Theater Album.” All in all, a mighty fine selection from the committee that will surely be tirelessly scrutinized in the months leading up to the ceremony, which airs on Monday, February 15th at 8PM on CBS. Hit the link for the full list of nominations and stay tuned for find out who this year’s Grammy performers will be.