Jay-Z scores big with 9 GRAMMY nominations
December 7, 2013, 9:03am
December 7, 2013, 9:03am
ON THE CHARTS
On December 6, the nominations were finally revealed for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will air on January 26, 2014. The nominees were announced in a traditional ceremony at the Noika Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by LL Cool J. Performances included those from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Keith Urban, and more.
Leading the pack this year is no stranger to the GRAMMYs—Jay-Z scored nine nominations for his work in music over the past few months. Jay-Z's album Magna Carta Holy Grail is up for Best Rap Album, which he has been nominated for nine times before. "Holy Grail"—the album's lead single—is up for two awards; Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The song features Justin Timberlake, who shares a few nods with Jay-Z, for "Suit & Tie". Other nominations from Jay include Album of the Year (Good Kid, M.A.A.D City; as featured artist), Best Music Video ("Picasso Baby"), Best Rap Performance ("Tom Ford"), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Part II (On The Run)", featuring Beyonce).
Billboard-predicted Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up for seven awards, including three of the "Big Four". The duo is nominated for Best New Artist, as well as Album of the Year, for The Heist (the album is also up for Best Rap Album). "Thrift Shop" from the album is up for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Collaboration. Finally, the duo is also up for Song of the Year, for their gay rights anthem "Same Love".
Justin Timberlake is also up for seven awards, including four already mentioned with Jay-Z. The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, and the album features "Mirrors" and "Pusher Love Girl"; both up for awards. "Mirrors" could win Best Pop Solo Performance, whereas "Pusher Love Girl" is nominated in the R&B category, for Best R&B Song.
Newcomer Kendrick Lamar's seven GRAMMY nominations tops off an incredible first year in the music industry. Lamar is up for Best New Artist, where mentors J. Cole and Drake were nominated two and three years prior, respectivley. His album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is up for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album, and features two nominated songs. "Swimming Pools (Drank)" is up for Best Rap Performance, and the Mary J. Blige collaboration "Now or Never" is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Pharrel Williams appeared seven times on the GRAMMY nominations list, including twice in the Album of the Year category. Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories both featured production from Williams, and are both nominated for that award. Williams also has two nominations for Record of the Year; Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines". Both songs compete for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Williams himself was nominated for Producer of the Year.
Other artists with big nominations include Drake, Lorde, Bob Ludwig, Imagine Dragons, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Sara Bareilles, Taylor Swift, P!nk, James Blake, Kacey Musgraves, and Ed Sheeran.