Christmas is still more than two weeks away, but some of the music industry鈥檚 best and brightest just got the ultimate Christmas present today: a Grammy nomination. The full list of nominations was released today and is filled with a lot of duh moments (so much Taylor Swift) but also a few surprises (like Kendrick Lamar snagging even more nominations than Tay).

Lucky for you, the nominations have come out just before all that holiday traveling that鈥檚 about to happen. If you鈥檝e been slacking off on the new music front, here鈥檚 a great opportunity to listen to some new, critically acclaimed tunes. Here we鈥檙e highlighting all the nominees in the Album of the Year category. Save all these on Spotify to make that inevitable traffic jam just a little bit more bearable this year.

Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes: This isn鈥檛 the first nomination for the blues-inspired rock band from Athens, Alabama. They were also up for a couple of nominations back in 2013 for Best Rock Performance, Best New Artist and Best Album Package. While touring Europe back in 2012 they opened for Jack White, with whom they definitely share a musical style with. Highlights from Sound & Color (released back in April) include 鈥淒on鈥檛 Wanna Fight,鈥濃滸imme All Your Love鈥 and 鈥淔uture People.鈥

1989 by Taylor Swift: We鈥檙e going to go ahead and guess that a few of you may have heard of this little-known album by T. Swift. Full of songs for literally every emotion, this album is something akin to the ultimate girl-power playlist. The only bummer here is that you won鈥檛 be finding it on Spotify anytime soon. Taylor鈥檚 album is currently only available to purchase on iTunes, but you can rest assured it鈥檚 well worth the $13. If you鈥檙e feeling skeptical (or cheap), listen to a few of her biggest singles via her epic music videos. 鈥Bad Blood鈥 and 鈥Blank Space鈥 are the perfect introductory combo for a T. Swift newbie.

Traveller by Chris Stapleton: If you鈥檙e looking for a little bit of country in your life, Traveller should be making its way through your speakers ASAP. A far cry from the heavily pop-influenced songs we listen to today, Chris Stapleton is an ode to a more bluegrass sort of style of country music鈥檚 past. If you鈥檙e feeling a lot of feelings this Christmas, this album is a little bit like the male, country music version of Adele鈥檚 24 鈥 you鈥檒l cry, sing at the top of your lungs and then play it again.

Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd: We鈥檙e guessing even if you haven鈥檛 heard his music yet, you probably know the Weeknd via his already-iconic hairstyle. But his music is 100% as entertaining as his beauty choices. Songs like 鈥淭he Hills鈥 and 鈥淐an鈥檛 Feel My Face鈥 were both major summer anthems, but they鈥檒l also work just as well to help warm up a winter road trip. Full disclosure though: While this album is full of tunes that鈥檒l make you do as much dancing as you can while strapped into a seatbelt, it does make a significant number of references to sex, drugs and alcohol, so it might not be the best choice if you鈥檝e got some little ones in the backseat.

To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar: When the landscape gets dull and the traffic is horrific, Kendrick鈥檚 album is the perfect way to pump up the energy. As mentioned before, Kendrick actually snagged more nominations this year than T. Swift (AKA the Queen of the Grammys). With foot-tapping beats, a super smooth flow and catchy choruses, songs like 鈥淜ing Kunta鈥 and 鈥淎lright鈥 are two of the album鈥檚 standout singles. Similar to The Weeknd鈥檚 album, the parental advisory on To Pimp a Butterfly is not without a reason.

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