Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake Lead Grammy Nominations
This year's GRAMMY Nominations Live!!! Concert revealed the nominees for six of the 82 categories, focusing primarily on the major categories (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist). The hour-long CBS broadcast, hosted by LL Cool J, also included performances from some of this year's nominees like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke with T.I. and Earth, Wind & Fire, and Keith Urban with Miguel, who performed a twangy duet of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine."
Watching the show, it wasn't clear that Jay Z earned the most nominations since he earned noms in mostly unannounced categories like Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (where he's nominated for "Part II (On The Run)" with Beyonce and for "Holy Grail" with Justin Timberlake), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. In the particularly strong rap album category, Hova finds himself up against friends, collaborators and mentees including Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist.
For those watching at home, it was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who kicked off the show with a performance of "Thrift Shop" that appeared to trample the competition, earning noms in five of the six categories announced on air. This included the coveted Song of the Year category for their gay rights anthem "Same Love," which faces off against Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," Katy Perry's "Roar," Lorde's "Royals" and Pink & Nate Ruess' "Just Give Me a Reason."
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