On Sunday, Jan. 26, the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards will take place at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center to honor the year’s best in music. Nominees were announced on Dec. 6, marking Jay Z as the year’s biggest nominee. The rapper’s work on the album “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” earned nine total nominations.
One of the most interesting categories for the 2014 ceremony is Record of the Year, which covers a broad range of artists. Two nominees—Daft Punk and Bruno Mars—are veterans of the ceremony. Mars earned a nod for “Locked Out of Heaven” off his 2012 album “Unorthodox Jukebox.” The singer, who announced an extensive 2014 leg for his Moonshine Jungle Tour, is up for four nominations this year, including Best Pop Vocal Album and Song of the Year.
More surprisingly, a host of newcomers are also up for Record of the Year in 2014. Though Robin Thicke has been active since the ‘90s, he earned just his first GRAMMY nominations for the album “Blurred Lines” and its breakaway title track. Lorde also is in the running for Record of the Year thanks to her hit, “Royals.” The New Zealand native plans to follow her successful 2013 debut by launching her first North American tour this March. Imagine Dragons also will compete for the title with its six-time Platinum-certified single “Radioactive,” just days before the group launches its first headlining arena tour from Boise, Idaho on Feb. 8.
Many more nominees for the upcoming awards show also will be heading out on tour in 2014. Find more information on the artists’ accomplishments and concert plans broken down by genre below.
Tim McGraw has been moving forward with his Las Vegas residency and plans for a new album, but the singer will look back to 2013’s “Two Lanes to Freedom” for this ceremony, as the effort was nominated for Best Country Album. McGraw has already plotted dates for his 2014 Sundown Heaven Town Tour, which kicks off from the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, Calif., on May 9. Jason Aldean also is competing for best album with his 2012 release “Night Train.” The Georgia native has a whirlwind 2014 ahead, with two unique tours, stadium concerts, and festival appearances at the inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival (March 29), Stagecoach (April 25-27), Bayou Country Superfest (May 25), and more.
Elsewhere in country music, Darius Rucker earned his first GRAMMY nomination as a solo artist for the multi-Platinum single “Wagon Wheel.” The former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman will launch his True Believers Tour with Eli Young Band on Jan. 29.
Katy Perry will be looking to win her first GRAMMY Award after six consecutive years of nominations. Her No. 1 single “Roar” is up for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Perry’s 2014 Prismatic World Tour, which hits North America on June 22, is poised to be one of the year’s biggest, with more than 40 arena dates confirmed for the U.S. and Canada alone. Justin Timberlake fared well at this year’s nomination ceremony, appearing in seven categories including Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Rap Song for his collaboration with Jay Z. The “Mirrors” singer is currently on the road for The 20/20 Experience World Tour, which will extend through August. Perennial pop favorite Michael Bublé was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for the 2012 release “To Be Loved.” The three-time GRAMMY winner will return to North America this June to continue promoting the album, which hit No. 1 in more than 15 countries.
Black Sabbath’s “13”—the band’s first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in more than 30 years—led to three nominations for the legendary rockers this year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will return to North America in March with a second leg of the highly successful tour that launched in 2013. Kings of Leon also earned a nod for its acclaimed return to music, the 2013 album “Mechanical Bull.” The band plans to support the release with a full-scale arena tour, which begins Feb. 5 in Atlanta. Indie rock favorite Vampire Weekend is in the running for Best Alternative Album. The East Coast natives will headline at a handful of festivals this year, including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 25-May 4), Big Guava Festival (May 2-4), and the NYC Governors Ball (June 6-8).
Theater and Comedy
This year’s nominees for Best Musical Recording include three of Broadway’s most popular new shows. “Kinky Boots,” the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, is up for the award alongside the crowd-pleasing “Matilda: the Musical” and “Motown: the Musical.” All three shows are currently playing on Broadway in New York, while a national Motown the Musical tour is launching from Chicago this April. In the category of Best Comedy Album, Ron White, Kathy Griffin, and Craig Ferguson are among the nominees. All three have plans to tour the U.S. in 2014.