The nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced this past weekend. There were a number of well-deserved nods, a few surprises and a couple of noticeable snubs.
Jay-Z led the pack with nine nominations. He has two nods for his collaboration with Justin Timberlake on "Suit & Tie" and two in the Best Rap/Sung category for "Part II (On the Run)" and "Holy Grail."
Rap newcomers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis both scored seven nominations. They will go head-to-head for Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Also up for Album of the Year are Daft Punk and Taylor Swift, who is always a safe bet. They'll compete with James Blake, country singer Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran for Best New Artist.
"Seven [nods] is unbelievable. We came here hoping for one," said Lewis to CNN.
Record of the Year is a particularly competitive category this year. Robin Thicke's infectious hit "Blurred Lines" will battle Lorde's chart-topper "Royals," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Bruno Mar's "Locked Out of Heaven."
Interestingly, being a pop sensation and having a meteoric rise in popularity in the last year was not enough to get Lorde a nomination for Best New Artist. Along the same line, Justin Timberlake received seven nods, but neither of his two new albums was nominated for Album of the Year. Headline staple Miley Cyrus and her single "Wrecking Ball" were also ignored. Randomly, Sara Bareilles' album and lead single, "Brave," were nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, respectively.
Drake's Nothing Was the Same, Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, Kanye's Yeezus and Kendrick's and Macklemore's debuts are all contenders for Best Rap Album. ASAP Rocky's "Problems," Jay-Z's "Holy Grail," Kanye's "New Slaves," Drake's "Started From the Bottom" and Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" are up for Best Rap Song.
The Grammy Awards will be broadcast by CBS live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26, 2014.
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