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2014 Grammy Nominees: The Categories You Care About


There wasn’t a lot of suspense when the nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards were announced as part of a big television special this weekend. After all, it wasn’t likely that any of the big names slated to perform were going to find out they were stiffed. That’s not how the Grammys work. In fact, it’s the most rigged awards ceremony in the nation, backed by a secret process to make sure that only a certain set of musicians are allowed to make it to the finals.

You can blame Jethro Tull for that. The folks at the Grammys are still embarrassed that those old geezers once beat out Metallica for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1988. There were still a few surprises in the Grammy nominations. The year is measured from October to October, so that explains a few things.

It’s still a shock that Lordes wasn’t nominated for Best New Artist. That is, until you realize that Best New Artist is another carefully-rigged category. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences got tired of that Grammy constantly going to one-hit wonders while ignoring artists who’d go on to become big deals. Now folks like Ed Sheeran can get nominated this year, even if he’s been releasing albums since 2005.

Shelby Lynne won the category for 1999’s I Am Shelby Lynne, and she’d been on the charts since 1988. Lorde can get nominated for Best New Artist anytime. Anyway, the nominees go on forever, and you can find the complete list here–but here’s a list of the categories that people will actually be fighting over…

Record Of The Year

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky”
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
Lorde “Royals”
Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”

Album Of The Year

Sara Bareilles “The Blessed Unrest”
Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist”
Taylor Swift “Red”

Song Of The Year

Pink Featuring Nate Ruess “Just Give Me A Reason”
Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Katy Perry “Roar”
Lorde “Royals”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert “Same Love”

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

Sara Bareilles “Brave”
Lorde “Royals”
Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry “Roar”
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky”
Pink Featuring Nate Ruess “Just Give Me A Reason”
Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko “Stay”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake & Jay Z “Suit & Tie”

Best Country Album

Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer Different Park”
Jason Aldean “Night Train”
Tim McGraw “Two Lanes of Freedom”
Blake Shelton”Based on a True Story”
Taylor Swift “Red”

Best Rap Album

Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
Jay Z “Magna Carta…Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist”
Kanye West “Yeezus”

Best Rock Album

Black Sabbath “13″
David Bowie “The Next Day”
Kings Of Leon “Mechanical Bull”
Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day”
Queens Of The Stone Age “…Like Clockwork”
Neil Young With Crazy Horse “Psychedelic Pill”

Best Alternative Album

Neko Case “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”
The National “Trouble Will Find Me”
Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks”
Tame Impala “Lonerism”
Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires Of The City”

COED Writer
J.R. Taylor has spent several years covering all aspects of pop culture for prestigious publications. Well, they were prestigious. Contact me: @google+ @twitter @email @website