2014 Grammy Nominations are IN

jayzgrammysMusic’s Biggest Night is just around the corner. The nominations for the 56th Annual Grammys were announced on Friday during a concert at L.A.’s Nokia Theater. Good news artists: Adele is NOT nominated (other than Best Song for Visual Media)! *music industry rejoices*

Jay-Z leads the field with nine nominations, but Hova will have stiff competition from newbies Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar, who are each nominated seven times and in most of the same categories. Also in the seven-nominations group is Justin Timberlake and Pharrell.

Eligibility for this year’s awards opened on Oct. 1, 2012 and closed Sept. 30, 2013, so some big releases like Katy Perry’s “PRISM,” Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP,” Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP2,” and Paul McCartney’s “New” were not considered this year.

Also making a strong showing is first-timer Lorde, who boasts four nominations including “Record” and “Song of the Year.”

And now for the nominations….The pop and rap, at least, since that is all I can speak for; I need to brush up on my regional Mexican (including Tejano) music.

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 Ft. T.I. & Pharrell

My vote: “Royals.” Such a massive hit. Fresh. Cool.

Grammy vote: “Royals.” It’s very Adele-like and we all know the Grammy’s are OBSESSED with Adele.

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” / Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis
  • “Red” / Taylor Swift

My vote: “The Heist”

Grammy vote: “Random Access Memories” Something just tells me this is getting it.

Song of the Year

  • “Just Give Me A Reason”
  • “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • “Roar”
  • “Royals”
  • “Same Love”

My vote: “Same Love.” It’s our civil struggle in 2013, beautifully illuminated by a hip-hop artist?

Grammy vote: “Same Love.” It has to win. Point-blank.

Best New Artist

  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

My vote: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis. They’re so unique and current. Love what they do.

Grammy vote: James Blake. Esperanza Spalding, anyone?

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Brave” / Sara Bareilles
  • “Royals” / Lorde
  • “When I Was Your Man” / Bruno Mars
  • “Roar” / Katy Perry
  • “Mirrors” / Justin Timberlake

My vote: “Roar” After the huge success of “Teenage Dream,” and getting snubbed, she deserves this. Since the award’s creation in 2012, Perry has been nominated each year for “Firework,” “Wide Awake,” and now “Roar.”

Grammy vote: “Royals”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Get Lucky” / Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
  • “Just Give Me A Reason” / Pink Ft. Nate Ruess
  • “Stay” / Rihanna Ft. Mikky Ekko
  • “Blurred Lines” / Robin Thicke Ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams
  • “Suit & Tie” / Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z

My vote: “Blurred Lines” Summer anthem and all around good fun.

Grammy vote: “Get Lucky” There seems to be a lot of love for Daft Punk this year and not so much for JT.

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

My vote: “Paradise”

Grammy vote: “Paradise”

Best Rap Performance

  • “Started From the Bottom” / Drake
  • “Berzerk” / Eminem
  • “Tom Ford” / Jay-Z
  • “Swimming Pools (Drank)” / Kendrick Lamar
  • “Thrift Shop” / Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis

My vote: “Tom Ford” You cannot say Tom Ford without saying it like Hova. Try.

Grammy vote: “Thrift Shop” It’s an easier “rap” song for the old peoples’ ears, so I think this will find their vote.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • “Power Trip” / J.Cole Ft. Miguel
  • “Part II (On the Run) / Jay-Z Ft. Beyoncé
  • “Holy Grail” / Jay-Z Ft. Justin Timberlake
  • “Now or Never” / Kendrick Lamar Ft. Mary J. Blige
  • “Remember You” / Wiz Khalifa Ft. The Weeknd

My vote: “Power Trip” Love. Love.

Grammy vote: “Holy Grail”

Best Rap Song

  • “F***in’ Problems”
  • “Holy Grail”
  • “New Slaves”
  • “Started From the Bottom”
  • “Thrift Shop”

My vote: “Started From the Bottom”

Grammy vote: “Thrift Shop”

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” / Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis
  • “Yeezus” / Kanye West

My vote: “Nothing Was the Same.” This album was just dope. End of discussion.

Grammy vote: “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.” It snagged an “Album of the Year” nom, so chances are pretty good for this one.

Last thought: I am NOT happy Britney did not get a Best Music Video nom for “Work Bitch.” That video is EVERYTHING.

You can catch the 56th Annual Grammys Jan. 26, 2014 on CBS.

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