Grammy Nominations 2014


Next year's Grammy Awards are taking place on January 26 on CBS, where the academy will honor the best in music released between October 2012 and September 2013. They don't know how to work a calendar, but by God, they will hand out awards!

Jay Z leads the pack with eight nominations, though he missed out on Album of the Year (and for good reason). The warm and fuzzy Daft Punk, 2012 MVP Kendrick Lamar, Howard the Duck lookalike Macklemore and bestseller Taylor Swift are nominated for the big award however. And apparently Sara Bareilles also had an album out this year. Snub alert: despite being literally everywhere this year, no JT. (But he, like Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar, racked up seven nominations.)

Daft Punk and Lorde grace the wholly unsurprising list of Record of the Year nominees, and "Royals" even made an appearance in the songwriting category, despite accusations that the lyrical content of the smash hit is racially charged. Lorde faces off against on-the-nose teary-eyed jams from P!nk and Macklemore, but really, Bruno Mars should win.

On the Best New Artist field, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar do battle with the omnipresent Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Strangely Lorde was left off the list despite being nominated for Record, Song, Pop Album and Pop Performance of the Year. Taylor Swift opening act Ed Sheeran scored a nomination instead. What a world.

On the rawk side we got some old white dudes - David Bowie, Neil YoungBlack Sabbath, Led Zeppelin - going against young (but not too young!) white dudes - Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon.

Things get interesting on the usually hilarious Alternative field: The National vs Vampire Weekend vs Tame Impala vs Neko Case vs Nine Inch Nails. Nail. Biter.

Best dance album? Disclosure square off against Daft Punk, but Calvin Harris will probably use his Rihanna connect for a win.

The generally competitive rap categories are packed with good ones. The album trophy is being fought for by Drake, Jay Z, Kendrick, Macklemore and Yeezus himself. Best Rap Song nominees include A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems," Jay Z's "Holy Grail," Kanye's "New Slaves" and Drake's "Started from the Bottom."

One last thing: Ariel Rechtshaid is nominated for Producer of the Year, you guys. He produced for Vampire Weekend, Haim, Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira, Solange, Major Lazer and Mikky Ekko this year. Pharrell will probably win, given the year he's had, but let's just be in awe for a moment of Rechtshaid's prolificacy and consistency.

You can check out a partial list of the nominees below, but you'll find hundreds of more nominations at the official Grammy website.

Album of the Year:

Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
Taylor Swift, Red

Record of the Year:

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, "Get Lucky"
Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
Lorde, "Royals"
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"

Song of the Year:

Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Katy Perry, "Roar"
Lorde, "Royals"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"

Best New Artist:

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

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Lana Del Rey, Paradise
Lorde, Pure Heroine
Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

Best Pop Solo Performance:

Sara Bareilles, "Brave"
Lorde, "Royals"
Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man"
Katy Perry, "Roar"
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, "Get Lucky"
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I., "Blurred Lines"
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z, "Suit & Tie"

Best Rock Performance:

Alabama Shakes, "Always Alright"
David Bowie, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
Led Zeppelin, "Kashmir"
Queens of the Stone Age, "My God is the Sun"
Jack White, "I'm Shakin'"

Best Metal Performance:

Anthrax, "T.N.T."
Black Sabbath, "God Is Dead?"
Dream Theater, "The Enemy Inside"
Killswitch Engage, "In Due Time"
Volbeat feat. King Diamond, "Room 24"

Best Rock Album:

Black Sabbath, 13
David Bowie, The Next Day
Kings of Leon, Mechanical Bull
Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day
Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork
Neil Young With Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill

Best Rock Song:

Gary Clark Jr., "Ain't Messin' 'Round"
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, "Cut Me Some Slack"
The Rolling Stones, "Doom and Gloom"
Black Sabbath, "God Is Dead?"
Muse, "Panic Station"

Best Alternative Music Album:

Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
The National, Trouble Will Find Me
Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks
Tame Impala, Lonerism
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, 18 Months
Kaskade, Atmosphere
Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun

Best Dance Recording:

Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E* and MNEK, "Need U (100%)"
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, "Sweet Nothing"
Kaskade, "Atmosphere"
Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie, "This Is What It Feels Like"
Zedd feat. Foxes, "Clarity"

Best R&B Performance:

Tamar Braxton, "Love and War"
Anthony Hamilton, "Best of Me"
Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip, "Nakamarra"
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar, "How Many Drinks? (Remix)"
Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway, "Something"

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Tamar Braxton, Love and War
Fantasia, Side Effects of You
Salaam Remi, One: In the Chamber
Rihanna, Unapologetic
Mack Wilds, New York: A Love Story

Best R&B Album:

Faith Evans, R&B Divas
Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire
John Legend, Love in the Future
Chrisette Michele, Better
TGT, Three Kings

Best R&B Song:

Anthony Hamilton, "Best of Me"
Tamar Braxton, "Love and War"
PJ Morton feat. Stevie Wonder, "Only One"
Justin Timberlake, "Pusher Love Girl"
Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot, "Without Me"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

J. Cole feat. Miguel, "Power Trip"
Jay Z feat. Beyoncé, "Part II (On the Run)"
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake, "Holy Grail"
Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige, "Now or Never"
Wiz Khalifa feat. the Weeknd, "Remember You"

Best Rap Performance:

Drake, "Started From the Bottom"
Eminem, "Berzerk"
Jay Z, "Tom Ford"
Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop"

Best Rap Album:

Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
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"
Kanye West, "New Slaves"
Drake, "Started From the Bottom"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"

Producer of the Year:

Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video:

Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound"
Jay Z, "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z, "Suit & Tie"
Jack White, "I'm Shakin'"