Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards are in, and Jay Z leads with a total of nine nods. Hova is up for several awards, most notably Best Rap Album (Magna Carta Holy Grail), Best Rap Performance ("Tom Ford"), Best Rap Song (the Justin Timberlake-featuring, Nirvana-quoting "Holy Grail"), and Best Music Video (for his star-studded "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" and JT's "Suit & Tie" visual, directed by David Fincher).
Timberlake,Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Pharrell Williams all tied for the second-highest number of nominations, netting seven apiece. Kendrick will challenge Jay for Best Rap Album with hismodern classicgood kid, m.A.A.d city, and he'll also have to beat out Drake's Nothing Was the Same, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist (please), and SPIN's pick for Best Album of 2013, Kanye West's Yeezus.
Kendrick also has a shot at taking home the Album of the Year honor, but the Compton MC will have to win out over Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (The Heist, again), Taylor Swift (Red), Sara Bareilles (The Blessed Unrest), and Daft Punk (Random Access Memories).
Meanwhile, in the Song of the Year race it's Lorde for her chart-dominating "Royals," Bruno Mars for his Unorthodox Jukebox hit "Locked Out of Heaven," Katy Perry for "Roar," Pink for "Just Give Me a Reason," and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for "Same Love."
Winners will be revealed on January 26, when the 56th Annual Grammy Awards are held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS. The network once again hosted the annual nominations concert, whichfeatured performancesby Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Katy Perry, Miguel, Keith Urban, Robin Thicke, T.I., members of Earth, Wind, and Fire, but, uh,not Drake. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist Taylor Swift, Red
Record of the Year:
Daft Punk feat. Robin Thicke feat. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
Song of the Year:
Pink feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"
Best New Artist:
James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Daft Punk feat. Pink feat. Rihanna feat. Robin Thicke feat. Justin Timberlake feat. Volbeat feat. Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar, "How Many Drinks? PJ Morton feat. Justin Timberlake, "Pusher Love Girl" Fantasia feat. Cole feat. Jay Z feat. Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake, "Holy Grail" Kendrick Lamar feat. Wiz Khalifa feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools (Drank)" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist Kanye West, Yeezus
Best Rap Song:
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar, "Fuckin' Problems" Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake, "Holy Grail" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"
Best Latin Pop Album:
Frankie J, Faith, Hope, Y Amor Tommy Torres, 12 Historias
Best Dance Recording:
Duke Dumont feat. Calvin Harris feat. Armin Van Buuren feat. Zedd feat. Kelly Clarkson feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Justin Timberlake feat. Jack White, "I'm Shakin'"
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