The Grammy Awards have familiar faces in the front row every year. CBS viewers will see Beyoncé, Jay Z, Taylor Swift and plenty of other celebrities clap for their fellow musicians during Monday's 2016 show. However, there are a lot of first-time nominees who will be with the veterans. Some of them are up and coming musicians while others are established pop stars who are getting Grammy recognition for the first time. Below are just some of the first-time Grammy nominees at the 2016 ceremony.
The Weeknd – This newcomer, whose real name is Abęl Tesfaye, scored big in his first year being nominated at the Grammys. He earned seven nominations, tying with Taylor Swift for second most nominated artist this year (both are behind Kendrick Lamar who has 11). “Can’t Feel My Face” is up for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. “Beauty Behind Madness” is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Album of the Year. “Earned It,” which is also up for an Oscar, is in the Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media categories. Check out his video for “Can’t Feel My Face” below:
Alabama Shakes – The rock group’s album “Sound & Color” lead to Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album and the coveted Album of the Year. Their single “Don’t Wanna Fight” is in the Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance categories.
Sam Hunt – Hunt is the only country artist up for Best New Artist, a category that he previously won at both the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. His album, “Montevallo,” is also up for Best County Album.
Tori Kelly – The “Should’ve Been Us” singer scored a Best New Artist nomination. Watch her music video below:
Meghan Trainor – Though the “All About That Bass” singer burst onto the music scene in summer 2014, her full album, “Title,” wasn’t released until January 2015, making her ineligible for last year’s show. She is nominated for Best New Artist.
James Bay – This British singer-songwriter is also facing off in the Best New Artist category, but he has two other nominations as well. “Hold Back the River” is nominated for Best Rock Song while “Chaos and the Calm” received a Best Rock Album nod.
Courtney Barnett – The Australian indie rocker’s sole nomination is in the Best New Artist category. Watch her music video for “Nobody Really Cares If You Go To The Party” below:
Ellie Goulding – The British pop star has been around for a while, but “Love Me Like You Do” finally caught the attention of the Grammys. The song, recorded for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack, was given a Best Pop Solo Performance nod.
Elle King – Actor Rob Schneider’s daughter earned herself a nomination for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song with “Ex’s and Oh’s.”
Wolf Alice – “Moaning Lisa Smile” scored the band a nomination for Best Rock Performance. Watch the video below:
Will any of the first-time nominees walk away Grammy Award winners? Watch the show Monday at 8 p.m. EST on CBS to find out!