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Taylor Swift and a Bunch of Other People Got Grammy Nominations

Get ready to see Taylor Swift's "OHMIGOD, I'm so surprised!" face again. On Friday night, nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced, and Swift is up for Album of the Year. Overall, Jay Z leads this year's class of nominees, getting nine nominations. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake are right behind Jay Z with seven nominations a piece.

Everyone seems to be talking about Timberlake getting snubbed for Album of the Year. Let's be honest — the Grammys are weird. Probably weirder than the other major awards. The Oscars have a concrete span of time for when movies are eligible. The Grammys basically work on a "Well, people started noticing this album/artist/song this year" timeframe. For example, the Imagine Dragons album that Radioactive is on came out in September 2012. Radioactive itself was first released in the United States in April 2012. How is that song eligible for Record of the Year? This would be like Academy voters finally catching a movie on Netflix and deciding to nominate it for Best Picture.

CBS will broadcast the Grammys on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

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 and Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Record of the Year
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Royals" — Lorde
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams

Song of the Year
"Just Give Me a Reason" — Jeff Bhasker, Pink and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Roar" — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry and Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
"Royals" — Joel Little and Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert and Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore and 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 and Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me a Reason" — Pink featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay" — Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
 "Suit and Tie" — Justin Timberlake and 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 and 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 and Ryan Lewis
Yeezus — Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance
"I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice
"I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes
 "Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert
"Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker
"Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton

Best Country Album
Night Train — Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton
Red — Taylor Swift

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Guided Tour — The New Gary Burton Quartet
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington
Life Forum — Gerald Clayton
Pushing the World Away — Kenny Garrett
Out Here — Christian McBride Trio

Best Gospel Album
Grace (Live) — Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 — Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet — Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser (Live) — William Murphy
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

Best Tropical Latin Album
3.0 — Marc Anthony
Como Te Voy A Olvidar — Los Angeles Azules
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants — Various Artists
Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives

Best Americana Album
Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Buddy And Jim — Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
One True Vine — Mavis Staples
Songbook — Allen Toussaint

Best Comedy Album
Calm Down Gurrl — Kathy Griffin
I'm Here To Help — Craig Ferguson
A Little Unprofessional — Ron White
Live — Tig Notaro
That's What I'm Talkin' About — Bob Saget
Taylor Swift and a Bunch of Other People Got Grammy Nominations Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 12/06/2013 Rating: 5

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