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Grammys 2014: Jay-Z leads nominees

Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

Story by Jack Foley

JAY-Z leads the nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards with nine nominations.

The rap icon saw his current LP Magna Carta…Holy Grail shortlisted for Best Rap Album, while there were also nods for best rap performance for the track Tom Ford.

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams all came next closest among the multiple nominees with seven nods each.

Drake scored five nods, while Lorde, Bruno Mars, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift each received four.

Foo Fithers’ Dave Grohl also found himself nominated in three categories, including best soundtrack for his documentary Sound City: Real to Reel and best rock song for Cut Me Some Slack, also from that project.

Of the other notable mentions, Mercury Prize winner James Blake is up against Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the Best New Artist category.

While the Best Alternative Music Album sees Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City up against the likes of The National’s Trouble Will Find Me and Tame Impala’s Lonerism.

The new album from David Bowie goes up against Black Sabbath, Kings Of Leon Queens Of The Stone Age and Neil Young With Crazy Horse for best rock album.

Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, featuring Pharrell Williams, is in the running for Record Of The Year alongside Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams ), as well as Lorde’s Royals.

And Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is also named in the Album of the Year category alongside Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The main nominees at a glance…

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 & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
Locked Out Of Heaven — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Roar — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
Royals — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Same Love — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & 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 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
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