Santa Monica, December 7, 2015 — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, today received multiple nominations in every major category for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, including releasing music for the three most-nominated artists: Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

Kendrick Lamar, who records for Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope, received 11 nominations, the most of any artist, including album of the year for To Pimp a Butterfly and song of the year for “Alright.”

Taylor Swift, who is with Big Machine, a record label distributed by Republic, and The Weeknd, who records with Republic, both scored seven nominations including Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

UMG released all five nominees in the Album of the Year category: Alabama Shakes (ATO Records via Caroline), Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville), Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. The company also produced three of the five nominees in the Best New Artist category: James Bay (Republic), Sam Hunt (MCA Nashville) and Tori Kelly (Capitol).

UMG’s artists garnered four of six nominations in the Best Rap Performance category and four of five for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Album, Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Album.

Among Universal Music Publishing Group’s many nominations, writer/producer Jeff Bhasker is nominated for Producer of the Year and songwriter Lori McKenna is nominated for Song of the Year for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” (Capitol Records Nashville).

The Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Monday, February 15, 2016.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.

Universal Music Group’s labels include A&M Records, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.

Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.