December 7, 2013


GRAMMY Nominations 2014: Jay Z Tops Noms With 9, But Snubbed in Major Categories

Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images
Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images

Though he wasn't nominated for any of the major categories, Jay Z came up big Friday night at Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, topping the list with nine nominations for his twelfth album Magna Carta...Holy Grail.

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell all tied with seven nominations, with K. Dot and Macklemore each earning noms in the prestigious Album of the Year category. Taylor Swift (last seen stripping down to a black body suit), Daft Punk and, surprise, Sara Bareilles were all also nominated for the Big Prize.

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Pop dominated the Song of the Year category, with Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," Katy Perry's "Roar" and Lorde's "Royals" all nominated alongside Macklemore's "Same Love."

"Royals" and "Locked Out of Heaven" also picked up Record of the Year noms, joining Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive."

The most diverse major category goes to Best New Artist, though, with Macklemore, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran all battling for the Gramaphone.

Snub of the Night: Kanye West. The outspoken rapper only picked up two nominations for Best Rap Song ("New Slaves,") and Best Rap Album (Yeezus). That's probably what happens when you tell the Grammys to "suck my d-ck." 

According to USA Today, The Recording Academy received a record 22,000 total submissions, 17,000 of which were deemed eligible.

Head to for the complete list of nominations.