On Friday, Dec. 6, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the full list of contenders for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Scheduled to take place on Jan. 26, 2014, the upcoming awards show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles will highlight a number of artists who are still hard at work promoting their releases from the past year.
Overall, this year’s nominations leader is Jay Z, who has earned nine nods for his collaborative and solo work from 2013. The 17-time GRAMMY winner has been nominated for tracks off his album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” as well as for his collaboration with Justin Timberlake on the single “Suit and Tie” and his performance art music video for the song “Picasso Baby.” Jay Z is on tour in North America through the end of January in support of his 2013 achievements.
Jay Z’s frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake came in second place with seven nominations this year, tied with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Timberlake has been nominated in a collection of diverse categories, including Best Pop Solo Performance (“Mirrors”), Best R&B Song (“Pusher Love Girl”), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Holy Grail”). Timberlake’s massive 20/20 Experience World Tour is also extending into 2014, with a second North American leg slated to begin in July.
The duo of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis—which is currently wrapping up its first major concert tour with three consecutive concerts in Seattle—is in the running for Album of the Year and Rap Album of the Year (“The Heist”), Best New Artist, and Best Rap Performance for the single “Thrift Shop,” among a handful of other categories.
Among other notable pop artists preparing for live tours in the next year are Record of the Year nominees Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive”), Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines”) and Bruno Mars (“Locked Out of Heaven”).
In country music, regulars like Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert all earned a handful of nominations, but many newcomers are looking to take home their first gramophone statues this year. Jason Aldean received a nod for Best Country Album for his 2012 release “Night Train.” The singer will be touring solo in 2014 to support the Platinum-certified album, but you can also find him opening on select dates of the George Strait farewell tour and headlining the Bayou Country and Florida Country Superfests in 2014.
Kacey Musgraves—winner of the 2013 CMA Awards’ New Artist of the Year in November—will also be competing for Best Country Album, but she was also a co-writer on two tracks up for Best Country Song this year (Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and her own “Merry Go ‘Round”). Musgraves has already been selected as a headliner at the highly anticipated San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in Feb. 2014.
In the musical theater category, cast albums from “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda the Musical,” and “Motown the Musical” all received nominations. All three productions are currently enjoying open runs on Broadway. Elsewhere in the theater world, Best Comedy Album nods went to Kathy Griffin, Craig Ferguson, Ron White, Tig Notaro, and Bob Saget.
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