Grammys 2014: Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Dominate, Best New Artist missing a Queen Bee. [List Of Nominees]

The male species dominate the Grammys.  Rap superstar Jay Z leads the pack for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards earning nine nominations including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta Holy Grail, which I think was a bit of letdown for a Jay Z album [read my Album Review HERE], and two nominations in the Rap/Sung Collaboration category.  He is followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake, all with seven nominations.

 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, one of my favorite breakout artists this year, scores big nominations including Song of the Year, Album of the Year [check out my Album Review for The Heist HERE] and Best New Artist, which they will be pitting up against U.K. dubstep crooner James Blake, self-proclaimed Rap King Lamar, country breakout star Kacey Musgraves, and THE Ed Sheeran.  Speaking of Best New Artist, one major act this year has been snubbed big time in this category as Lorde fails to be nominated and is now included on the list of high-profile Grammy snubs.

 

Other noticeable snubs are Kanye West for his acclaimed album Yeezus (let’s wait for any Twitter rants from this guy soon), which scored only two nominations, Bruno Mars’s Unorthodox Jukebox for Album of the Year, and little powerhouse Ariana Grande and breakout band Imagine Dragons for the Best New Artist category.

 

The 56th Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air on CBS.  Check out the nominees below and go to GRAMMY.com for the complete list.

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

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

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
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

“Paradise” – Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine” – Lorde
“Unorthodox Jukebox” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” – Justin Timberlake

BEST DANCE RECORDING
“Need U (100%)” – Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“This Is What It Feels Like” – Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” – Zedd Featuring Foxes

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 TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
“Viva Duets” – Tony Bennett & Various Artists
“To Be Loved” – Michael Bublé
“The Standards” – Gloria Estefan
“Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” – Cee Lo Green
“Now” – Dionne Warwick

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
“Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” – Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'” – Jack White

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
“T.N.T.” – Anthrax
“God Is Dead?” – Black Sabbath
“The Enemy Inside” – Dream Theater
“In Due Time” – Killswitch Engage
“Room 24” – Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

BEST ROCK SONG
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round” – Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
“Cut Me Some Slack” – Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic &
Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic,
Pat Smear)
“Doom And Gloom” – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The
Rolling Stones)
“God Is Dead?” – Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne,
songwriters (Black Sabbath)
“Panic Station” – Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

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 You” – 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 TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“Please Come Home” – Gary Clark Jr.
“Get It Right” – Fantasia
“Quiet Fire” – Maysa
“Hey Laura” – Gregory Porter
“Yesterday” – Ryan Shaw

BEST R&B SONG
“Best Of Me” – Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
“Love And War” – Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels &
Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
“Only One” – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
“Pusher Love Girl” – James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley &
Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
“Without Me” – Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert,
Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly
Rowland & Missy Elliot)

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 SONG
“F***in’ Problems” – Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar,
Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2
Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail” – Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley,
Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave
Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin
Timberlake)
“New Slaves” – Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis
Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye
West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser,
songwriters) (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom” – W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib,
songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
“Thrift Shop” – Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore &
Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

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 DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“From This Valley” – The Civil Wars
“Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill
“Your Side Of The Bed” – Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends” – Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton

BEST COUNTRY SONG
“Begin Again” – Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“I Drive Your Truck” – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy
Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
“Mama’s Broken Heart” – Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey
Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Merry Go ‘Round” – Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne,
songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
“Mine Would Be You” – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric
Ruttan, songwriters (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

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Rob Cavallo

Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams

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