Jay-Z leads nominees for 2014 Grammys

2013-12-07 09:33

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Los Angeles – Veteran rapper Jay-Z topped nominees for the 2014 Grammys with nine nods, while Taylor Swift and Daft Punk were also among those in the running in major categories.

Close behind with seven nominations apiece were California hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar and rapper Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as well as Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, while rapper Drake scored five.

In the coveted Record of the Year category, songstress Swift’s Red will compete with French electro duo Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist, Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest.

Record Of The Year candidates are Daft Punk and Williams’ ubiquitous Get Lucky, New Zealand teenager Lorde’s Royals, Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, Hawaiian crooner Bruno Mars’ Locked Out Of Heaven and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, made infamous by Miley Cyrus’ twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards show.

Short-listed for Song of the Year – for songwriters, as opposed to performers – were Just Give Me A Reason sung by Pink Featuring Nate Ruess, Locked Out Of Heaven sung by Bruno Mars, Roar sung by Katy Perry, Royals sung by Lorde, and Same Love sung by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was also nominated for Best New Artist, up against James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran.

The nominees in key categories were announced yesterday during an hour-long concert at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The 56th annual Grammys – music’s version of the Oscars – will be held on January 26 at the Staples Center.

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