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Jay Z leads Grammy nominations with nine

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Mon, Dec 9th 2013 11:15 am

Sara Bareilles, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift vie for Album Of The Year

Nominations for The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced late last week 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 Grammy Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Jan. 26, 2013, (8 p.m.) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and broadcast on CBS.

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 and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)

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

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

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

"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert and 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 

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 in 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.

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