Grammy Nominations Announced - Jay Z Leads With Nine

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December 6th, 2013


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JAN. 26, 2014 LIVE ON CBS


Nominations for THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® were announced tonight by The Recording Academy® and reflected one of the most diverse years for the best and brightest in music. The Album Of The Year category alone represents the rap, pop, country and dance/electronica genres, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. Once again, nominations in select categories for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®, a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live from Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE.  THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday,” Sunday, Jan. 26, 2013, (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.


Jay Z tops the nominations with nine; Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams each garner seven nods; Drake and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig are up for five awards.


"This year's nominations truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Once again, The Academy's awards process and its voting membership have produced an impressive list of nominations across various genres promising music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique 'GRAMMY Moments.' We are off to a great start and look forward to GRAMMY Sunday as Music's Biggest Night takes the stage."


Following is a sampling of nominations in 82 categories from the GRAMMY Awards® 30 Fields:




Album Of The Year:

The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles

Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar

The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Red — Taylor Swift


Record Of The Year:

"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons

"Royals" — Lorde

"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams


Song Of The Year:

"Just Give Me A Reason" — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)

"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

"Roar" — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)

"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring

Mary Lambert)


Best New Artist:

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran



Best Pop Solo Performance:

"Brave" — Sara Bareilles

"Royals" — Lorde

"When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars

"Roar" — Katy Perry

"Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

"Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess

"Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko

"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

"Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z



Best Dance/Electronica Album:

Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Settle — Disclosure

18 Months — Calvin Harris

Atmosphere — Kaskade

A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights



Best Rock Performance:

"Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes

"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie

"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons

"Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin

"My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age

"I'm Shakin'" — Jack White


Best Rock Album:

13 — Black Sabbath

The Next Day — David Bowie

Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon

Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin

…Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age

Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse



Best Alternative Music Album:

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love — Neko Case

Trouble Will Find Me — The National

Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails

Lonerism — Tame Impala

Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend



Best R&B Performance:

"Love And War" — Tamar Braxton

"Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton

"Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip

"How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar

"Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway


Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Love And War — Tamar Braxton

Side Effects Of You — Fantasia

One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi

Unapologetic — Rihanna

New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds


Best R&B Album:

R&B Divas — Faith Evans

Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys

Love In The Future — John Legend

Better — Chrisette Michele

Three Kings — TGT



Best Rap Performance:

"Started From The Bottom" — Drake

"Berzerk" — Eminem

"Tom Ford" —  Jay Z

"Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar

"Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

"Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel

"Part II” (On The Run) — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé

"Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

"Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige

"Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd


Best Rap Album:

Nothing Was The Same — Drake

Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar

The Heist — Macklemore  & Ryan Lewis

Yeezus — Kanye West



Best Country Solo Performance:

"I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice

"I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes

"Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert

"Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker

"Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton


Best Country Album:

Night Train — Jason Aldean

Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw

Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves

Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton

Red — Taylor Swift



Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

Guided Tour – The New Gary Burton Quartet

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue – Terri Lyne Carrington

Life Forum – Gerald Clayton

Pushing The World Away – Kenny Garrett

Out Here – Christian McBride Trio



Best Gospel Album:

Grace (Live) — Tasha Cobbs

Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 — Donald Lawrence

Best Days Yet — Bishop Paul S. Morton

God Chaser (Live) — William Murphy

Greater Than (Live)  — Tye Tribbett



Best Tropical Latin Album:

3.0 — Marc Anthony

Como Te Voy A Olvidar — Los Angeles Azules

Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants — Various Artists

Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives



Best Americana Album:

Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin And Edie Brickell

Buddy And Jim — Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale

One True Vine — Mavis Staples

Songbook — Allen Toussaint



Best Comedy Album:

Calm Down Gurrl — Kathy Griffin

I'm Here To Help — Craig Ferguson

A Little Unprofessional — Ron White

Live — Tig Notaro

That's What I'm Talkin' About — Bob Saget


This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Rob Cavallo, Dr. Luke, Ariel Rechtshaid, Jeff Tweedy, and Pharrell Williams.


This year's GRAMMY Awards® process registered more than 22,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period, Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013. GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Wednesday, Dec. 11 to the voting members of The Recording

Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Wednesday, Jan. 8, when

they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 56th GRAMMY broadcast.


THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz is director.


THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT hosted by two-time GRAMMY AWARD® winner LL COOL J featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by Lorde; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Miguel and Keith Urban; Katy Perry; Taylor Swift; and Robin Thicke with T.I and members of Earth, Wind, & Fire. Presenters included Melissa Etheridge, Arsenio Hall, Enrique Iglesias, Pauley Perrette, Kelly Rowland, and Ed Sheeran.


About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube.

  • chrissy

    dumbfounded… ???? thèse noms are confounding..??? but they always are… aaliyah doesn’t have a grammy so, what are you gonna do???

  • gregg

    miley cyrus is as talented as a bag of tomatoes. LOL Bend over and show your big arse, then you become person of the year. That is not talent, just a low form of prostitution

  • Ethan

    One of green days albums should have been nominated in either the rock or alternative albums category

  • james

    I hope Tamar Braxton and Lana Del Rey win all of their nominations.

  • danny

    I gave up on the Grammys years ago. Music insiders patting each other on the back is just plain ridiculous. If the awards were really about music Jay Z would have never received a nomination ever!

  • Garyinla

    Ok, I’m old(er)..But when you look at the list of Albums of the Year and find Carole King, Sinatra, Stevie Wonder. The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, BS&T, Fleetwood Mac, etc., and NOW see people like Taylor Swift (a cute girl with a pleasant voice) and a Sara Bareilles who I never heard shows the poor state of the music industry. 25 years from now, put on an oldies station and you’ll STILL be hearing Motown and the great songs of the 60’s and 70s. I love soul music much more than the next guy, but I still can’t tell what defines the categories of urban contemporary, R&B, and RAP. Just have pop, soul, and rock and I think all bases get covered.

    The ceremony now is just an exercise in self-promotion. And if I hear one more rapper with a rapsheet a mile long thank God, I’ll bust. God has a lot more pressing things on his plate.

    Off to listen some Sinatra and Tony Bennett..

  • Jagger Dagger

    It use to be that every new generation had its own music and that music usually somehow bothered, offended, or upset the parents. Not anymore.

    I’m not sure how to say this, but, when I listen to my kids music now, its so lame that I’m kinda offended that I’m NOT offended by what this new generation’s corporate generic pop music is.

  • Melanie P.

    @gregg, SO true! I will admit that I think Miley has a decent voice, but unfortunately it has been so overshadowed by her desperate attention getting antics, where it clearly isn’t about the music anymore, so no one cares really.

    @Garyinla, I agree with you also. Although I do like alot of todays music (Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars, Pink, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, etc)and consider myself a lover of music in general, but to me, nothing beats the sounds of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and I take it anytime over today’s music. Alot of it still sounds so great and refreshing after all these years. SO thankful for You Tube, Sirus XM radio and the Classic Rock stations that keep all the oldies but goodies alive! So happy to see the legends like David Bowie, Neil Young, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin getting Grammy nods!! Very few songs, if any, of today have that same appeal. Some younger kids may laugh and call the artists of those eras “old” but many of them are still performing and selling out arenas and are very relevant after all of these years. I can only see a handful of todays artists having that long lasting type of legacy. It will be interesting to see who is still around in 20 years. BTW, Sara Bareilles is very talented. She plays piano and had a huge hit a few years back with “Love Song”. She is one of the few of the young women in the industry that hasn’t had to get slutty (hear that Miley!) just to get attention.

  • Fashe

    Sara Bareilles is now better known as the artist that Katy Perry’s Roar was copied from.

  • CrimTV

    @Jagger Dagger

    Well obvious the kids’ music is upsetting or bothering you as you find it terrible, which proves your theory that every generation’s music changes. It’s so annoying hearing people saying “I hate modern music”. Fair enough, but obviously millions upon millions love it because that’s why it is popular. If you don’t like it, listen to what you want, no one is forcing you to listen to modern music!

  • Jagger Dagger


    Your missing the point a little.

    When rock music began in the 50’s, parents thought the music was corrupting the youth.

    The 60’s music had parents thinking it was going to make their kids start taking drugs.

    The 70’s and 80’s heavy metal had parents thinking their kids were going to become satanists and punk rock was making them violent and anti-social.

    These days? Meh. Nothing. I was almost looking forward to seeing what my kids generation would come up with to shock me. The only thing that shocked me was to see how boring and corporate molded the industry is now, but if that is what this generation wants, then so be it.

    And yes, no one is “forcing me” to listen to the latest pop songs, yes I do find most of it rather boring, and yes I do listen to what I want whether that be some older stuff or some rare new brilliant music that doesn’t come out of the Disney corporate teen star factory for mass packaged consumption. I don’t hate modern music, but that’s the problem. I would rather hate it or be outraged by it then be bored by it.

    Rock is dead. Long live Rock.

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