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Jay Z Leads 2014 Grammy Nominees With 9 Nods
December 7, 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The annual Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! aired Friday night on CBS, revealing the nominees in a number of the major categories for the 56th annual awards show. Rap icon Jay Z lead the pack with nine nods in total, though none in the top categories of Record, Song or Album of the Year. Jay's tourmate Justin Timberlake was nominated seven times, as were Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharrell Williams. Drake is up for five Grammys, as is electronic duo Daft Punk.

The nominees for Album of the Year are Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest, Daft Punk with Random Access Memories, Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Macklemore & Lewis' smash The Heist and Taylor Swift with Red. Competing for Record of the Year are Daft Punk's hit "Get Lucky," "Radioactive" from Imagine Dragons, Lorde's "Royals," Bruno Mars with "Locked Out Of Heaven" and Robin Thicke's inescapable "Blurred Lines."

The nominees for Song of the Year, which goes to the songwriters, are "Just Give Me A Reason" by P!nk f/Nate Ruess of fun., Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven," Katy Perry with "Roar," Lorde's "Royals" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' pro-same sex marriage anthem "Same Love."

James Blake, Lamar, Macklemore & Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran are all up for Best New Artist, but surprisingly Lorde was left out, despite her nods in the two major song categories.

As for the concert special itself, it was heavy on actual performances, with only a handful of the nominees announced on TV. Macklemore & Lewis opened the show with their first hit, "Thrift Shop," which was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Taylor Swfit performed "I Knew You Were Trouble" live from Australia, while Katy Perry played a stripped-down take on "Roar" via satellite in a Canadian club appearance. Keith Urban and Miguel teamed up to cover Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine," and the show closed out with Thicke and T.I. backed by members of Earth, Wind & Fire for "Blurred Lines."

The complete list of 2014 Grammy nominees can be found at The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out on January 26 in Los Angeles.

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