Grammy Nominations: Jay-Z Leads, Diverse “Album of the Year” Hopefuls

macklemore_ryan_lewisFriday night, CBS aired the Grammys Nominations Concert with performances from all over the world (even with Ms. Swift all the way in Australia!) to celebrate the year in music and announce the nominations for the upcoming January award show. Interestingly, no act garnered nominations in all four major categories of song, album, record, and new artist of the year. That said, Jay-Z picked up the most nominations of the night with nine nominations, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hip-hop duo garnered seven.

In Album of the Year, Taylor Swift is the only artist nominated with a previous nomination, where she won for “Fearless” in 2010. Sara Bareilles, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are sure to give her a run for her money this year. Bareilles is, without a doubt, this year’s dark horse and likely most surprising nomination in this category for those who haven’t picked up her album. For those that have, it’s more so a celebration. You’ll find the nominees in major categories below. For a full list of Grammy nominations, check out GRAMMY.COM.

The 56th Grammy Awards will be held live from Los Angeles on January 26 at 8/7c on CBS!

Song of the Year (songwriter award)

Just Give Me A Reason by Pink feat. Nate Reuss
Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
Roar by Katy Perry
Royals by Lorde
Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat Mary Lambert

Best Duo Pop Group Performance

Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat Pharrel
Just Give Me A Reason by Pink feat Nate Reuss
Stay by Rihanna feat Mikky Ekko
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke feat T.I. and Pharell
Suite and Tie by Justin Timberlake feat Jay Z.

Album of the Year

The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories by Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City by Kendrick Lamar
The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red by Taylor Swift

Best Country Album

Night Train by Jason Aldean
Two Lanes of Freedom – Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
Based on a True Story by Blake Shelton
Red by Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Record of the Year

Get Lucky by Daft Punk
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Royals by Lorde
Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines – By Robin Thicke

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 Adam Dyment & Tommy Forrest, producers; Adam Dyment & Tommy Forrest, mixers
Sweet Nothing Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch Calvin Harris, producer; Calvin Harris, mixer Track from: 18 Months Atmosphere Kaskade Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon, producers; Ryan Raddon, mixer
This Is What It Feels Like Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie Armin Van Buuren & Benno De Goeij, producers; Armin Van Buuren & Benno De Goeij, mixers
Clarity Zedd Featuring Foxes Zedd, producer; Zedd, mixer Track from: Clarity

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 – Track from: Silver Linings Playbook Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie – Track from: The Next Day
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons – Track from: Night Visions
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin – Track from: Celebration Day
My God Is The Sun – Queens Of The Stone Age – Track from: …Like Clockwork
I’m Shakin’ – Jack White –

Best Metal Performance

T.N.T. – Anthrax – Track from: Anthems
God Is Dead? – Black Sabbath – Track from: 13
The Enemy Inside – Dream Theater – Track from: Dream Theater
In Due Time – Killswitch Engage – Track from: Disarm The Descent
Room 24 – Volbeat Featuring King Diamond – Track from: Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

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) – Track from: Sound City – Real To Reel
Doom And Gloom – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The Rolling Stones)
God Is Dead? – Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)- Track from: 13
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 – Track from: Back To Love
Nakamarra – Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip – Track from: Tawk Tomahawk
How Many Drinks? – Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Something – Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway – Track from: Family Dinner Volume One

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Please Come Home – Gary Clark Jr. – Track from: Blak And Blu
Get It Right – Fantasia – Track from: Side Effects Of You
Quiet Fire – Maysa
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter – Track from: Liquid Spirit
Yesterday – Ryan Shaw – Track from: Real Love

Best R&B Song

Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton) – Track from: Back To Love
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) – Track from: The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience
Without Me – Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot) – Track from: Side Effects Of You

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 – Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar – Track from: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz – Track from: The Heist

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Power Trip – J. Cole Featuring Miguel – Track from: Born Sinner
Part II (On The Run) – Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé – Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Holy Grail – Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake – Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Now Or Never – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige – Track from: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Remember You – Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd – Track from: O.N.I.F.C.

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) – Track from: Long.Live.ASAP
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) – Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
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) – Track from: Yeezus
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) – Track from: The Heist

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 – Track from: Hard 2 Love
I Want Crazy – Hunter Hayes – Track from: Hunter Hayes (Encore)
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker – Track from: True Believers
Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton – Track from: Based On A True Story

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

From This Valley – The Civil Wars – Track from: The Civil Wars
Don’t Rush – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill – Track from: Greatest Hits: Chapter One
Your Side Of The Bed – Little Big Town – Track from: Tornado
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) – Track from: Hard 2 Love
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) – Track from: Same Trailer Different Park
Mine Would Be You – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton) – Track from: Based On A True Story

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Break Every Chain [Live] – Tasha Cobbs – Track from: Grace [Live]
Hurricane – Natalie Grant
Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher – Track from: All The People Said Amen (Live)
Overcomer – Mandisa – Track from: Overcomer
If He Did It Before… Same God [Live] – Tye Tribbett – Track from: Greater Than [Live]

Best Gospel Song

Have Your Way – Calvin Frazier & Deitrick Haddon, songwriters (Deitrick Haddon)
If He Did It Before… Same God [Live] – Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett) –
Track from: Greater Than [Live]
If I Believe – Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson) – Track from: Love, Charlie
A Little More Jesus – Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Erica Campbell)
Still – Percy Bady, songwriter (Percy Bady Featuring Lowell Pye) – Track from: Kingdom Inspirations

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Hurricane – Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant & Cindy Morgan, songwriters (Natalie Grant)
Love Take Me Over – Steven Curtis Chapman, songwriter (Steven Curtis Chapman) – Track from: The Glorious Unfolding
Overcomer – David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa) – Track from: Overcomer
Speak Life – Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Ryan Stevenson, songwriters (Tobymac) – Track from: Eye On It
Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) – Ed Cash, Scott Cash & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin) – Track from: Burning Lights

Best Gospel Album

Grace [Live] – Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 [Live] – Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet – Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser [Live] – William Murphy
Greater Than [Live] – Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

We Won’t Be Shaken – Building 429
All The People Said Amen [Live] – Matt Maher
Overcomer – Mandisa
Your Grace Finds Me (Live) – Matt Redman
Burning Lights – Chris Tomlin

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