The Grammy Awards nominations 2014 were announced live Friday night by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences at the Grammy nomination concert that was hosted by LL Cool J.
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke and other big names performed. However, the nominations were front and center with Jay Z leading the pack with nine nominations for the upcoming award show, followed by Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Lewis, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar with seven each.
Sir Paul McCartney will be in the running for four awards. In the Best Rock Song category, McCartney was nominated along with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselle and Pat Smear for “Cut Me Some Slack” from the soundtrack of the documentary “Sound City – Real to Reel.” Also nominated in that category are Gary Clark Jr.’s “Ain’t Messin Round,” The Rolling Stones’ “Doom and Gloom,” “God Is Dead” by Black Sabbath and “Panic Station” by Muse.
The album of the year nominees are Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Lamar’s good kid, M.A.A.D. City, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist, Taylor Swift’s Red and the one big head scratcher, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest, which was not a notable critical or commercial success.
Kanye West, whose Yeezus has been named album of the year by Entertainment Weekly and Spin, was largely ignored. He received two nominations on lesser categories, says Philly.
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who was also nominated for best new artist, shared that he’d rather Macklemore & Lewis win the Grammy. “They’ve achieved so much this year in popular culture,” Sheeran said. “They really changed things doing a song about homophobia.”
The other new artist Grammy contenders are English electronic music producer James Blake, hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar and country singer Kacey Musgraves
The 2013 newcomer Kacey Musgraves, actually, ended up with four nominations – Best Country Album (“Same Trailer Different Park”), Best Country Song (two nominations for writing “Merry Go ‘Round,” her breakthrough hit, as well as Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), and the overall Best New Artist category.
It was also another big night for Taylor Swift, who scored with nominations for “Begin Again” in the Best Country Song category, as well as for Country Album of the Year for Red, which also was included in the overall Album category. Swift also was a key part of Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care,” which scored a nod for Best Country Duo / Group Performance alongside Keith Urban.
The big local nomination-getter was Camden County gospel singer Tye Tribbett, who is up for three awards. One is for gospel / contemporary Christian performance for “If He Did It Before … Same God,” which is also in contention for best gospel song. He’s also nominated for best gospel album for Greater Than.
“Live Kisses” was also nominated for Best Music Film along with Coldplay’s “Live 2012,” Green Day’s “¡Cuatro!,” “I’m In, I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!” by Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite and “The Road to Red Rocks” by Mumford & Sons.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. You may check the whole list of nominees here at Grammy.com.