Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy awards winners as precast ceremony ends

Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Alabama Shakes also picked up awards ahead of the main event

Kendrick Lamar is leading the Grammy award winners ahead of the main ceremony tonight (February 15).

The Compton rapper was nominated for 11 awards at this year’s event and was handed four trophies during the precast ceremony.

Lamar picked up the award for Best Music Video alongside Taylor Swift for their collaboration on ‘Bad Blood’, plus Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for ‘Alright’, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for ‘These Walls’, which features Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat.

Elsewhere in the precast ceremony, Swift was announced as the winner of the event’s first award, Best Pop Vocal Album, for her record ‘1989’. The Weeknd was awarded Best R&B Performance for ‘Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)’ and Best Urban Contemporary Album for ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’.

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Alabama Shakes also won two awards for Best Rock Song (‘Don’t Wanna Fight)’ and Best Alternative Music Album (‘Sound & Color’). Skrillex and Diplo picked up the prizes for Best Dance Recording (‘Where Are Ü Now’ feat Justin Bieber) and Best Dance/Electronic Album (‘Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü’).

Muse picked up Best Rock Album for their album ‘Drones’ and Ed Sheeran accepted the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for his track ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

The main Grammys ceremony begins at 8pm Eastern Time (1am GMT) and will feature performances from Swift, Adele, Lady Gaga and more.

You can keep up with all the winners at this year’s Grammy awards via NME‘s rolling winners blog.