Best Valentine’s Day Gifts: 13 Grammy-Nominated Albums
If you’re still trying to figure out what to give your significant other this Valentine’s Day, why not take a cue from the Grammys ballot? Now that the nominees have officially been announced, it might be worth taking a look back at some of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year to see if any will suit your gift-giving needs. After all, since the awards account for every genre (from pop to rap to comedy), you’re guaranteed to find something your loved one will like. Below, check out 13 Grammy-nominated albums that would make great gifts this year.
1. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
What better album to gift someone than the most Grammy nominated album of the year? Lamar led the pack of 2016 Grammy contenders with a whopping 11 nods total. To Pimp a Butterfly, which was one of the year’s most popular and critically acclaimed releases, is up for nine prizes — including the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year. The rapper also nabbed nods for Song of the Year, for the track “Alright.” You can find Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly in digital, CD, and vinyl formats right here.
2. Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
If you have a significant other who is into alternative music, why not gift them Alabama Shake’s latest acclaimed album? Sound and Color is up for both Best Alternative Album and Album of the Year. The group is also nominated in the Best Rock performance category. Sound and Color is currently available on Amazon and iTunes.
3. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Stapleton’s country album earned wide critical acclaim earlier this year, but it was pushed back into the spotlight after last month’s Country Music Association awards. After winning several awards at the ceremony and teaming up with Justin Timberlake for one of the best performances of the night, Traveller rocketed back to No. 1. Now, it’s on the Grammy ballot as well, with multiple nominations including for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. You can find Chris Stapleton’s Traveller album in digital, CD, and vinyl formats here.
4. Taylor Swift, 1989
Swift earned seven nominations for 1989, which was initially released in the fall of last year (just after the eligibility dates for last year’s Grammys). The hugely popular album is up for Album of the Year, as well as Best Pop Vocal Album. The hit single “Blank Space” is also nominated in both the Record and Song of the Year categories. Get 1989 for the Taylor Swift fan in your life right here.
5. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
In addition to being one of the most popular releases of the year, Beauty Behind the Madness is also one of the most nominated. It’s a contestant for Album of the Year, and its hit single, “Can’t Feel My Face,” is also up for Record of the Year. In a demonstration of the artist’s crossover success, he scored nominations in both pop and R&B genre categories, including Best Pop Solo Performance for “Can’t Feel My Face” and Best R&B Performance for “Earned It,” from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack. You can find the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness here.
6. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
The surprise release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is one of two No. 1 albums that Drake dropped last year. Though the album didn’t nab a nod in the biggest category of Album of the Year, it is up for a prize in the Best Rap Album category. Looking to give the Grammy contender as a gift this year? You can find If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late on Amazon.
7. D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Black Messiah
R&B fans will enjoy this critically acclaimed album, which is up for several awards at this year’s Grammys. The release is currently a contender for Best R&B Album. The track “Really Love” is also up for both Best R&B Song and Record of the Year. Black Messiah is currently available on iTunes or Amazon.
8. Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Got someone on your list whose a fan of both country, pop and hip hop? You might want to consider gifting Hunt’s genre-mixing debut studio album, which climbed to the No. 1 spot on the country charts earlier last year. The album, which received positive reviews from critics upon its release, has earned Hunt multiple nominations — including in the Best Country Album and Best New Artist categories.
9. Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter
For the rock fan in your life, Slipknot’s fifth studio album may do the trick. The release earned nominations in multiple genres this year. The album itself currently up for an award in the Best Rock Album category. The song “Custer” also nabbed a nod for Best Metal Performance. It’s currently for sale on iTunes or Amazon.
10. Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
The DJ duo’s album earned multiple Grammy nods this year. The CD is currently up for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Meanwhile, the pair’s collaborative track with Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now,” was nominated for Best Dance Recording. Diplo is also up for producer of the year for his work with Major Lazer, Madonna and Jack Ü. You can purchase Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü on Amazon.
11. Louis C.K., Louis C.K.: Live At Madison Square Garden
If you’re looking for a gift that will get some laughs, look no further than Louis C.K’S stand-up special, which is up for Best Comedy Album at this year’s Grammy awards. The album consists of the audio from the last of the three shows that Louis C.K. performed at Madison Square Garden earlier this year. You can purchase it using your Amazon membership via Louis C.K.’s official website, or get a special vinyl edition of Louis C.K.: Live At Madison Square Garden exclusively from Amazon.
12. Amy Poehler, Yes Please
Who wouldn’t love a gift of Amy Poehler? The actress’s recent memoir, Yes Please, is currently available in audio form, narrated by Poehler herself (and several other various artists). The album is currently nominated in the Best Spoken Word category. You can find the audiobook on Amazon.
13. Various Artists, Empire: Season 1
If you have a significant other who is a hardcore Empire fan, try gifting them the season one soundtrack, which was just nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media . The compilation includes the biggest tunes from the show’s freshman season. It features the voices of the show’s musical stars, like Jussie Smollett and Yazz.