CBS decided they needed to pimp out LL Cool J some more, as he hosted the nominations special for the 2014 Grammy Awards. There were performances from Macklemore, Taylor Swift and Robin Thicke, all nominees of course. I can’t say there were any big snubs, but i’m sure some people’s fans are mad anyways. Jay Z lead the nominations with nine, and was followed closely behind by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar with seven. The ladies weren’t completely shut out, Rihanna and Katy Perry both got some Grammy love.
Here are the nominees in some of the major categories!
Album Of The Year: The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles Random Access Memories — Daft Punk Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Red — Taylor Swift
Record Of The Year: “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams “Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons “Royals” — Lorde “Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars “Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Song Of The Year: “Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess) “Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars) “Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry) “Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde) “Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Best New Artist: James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Kacey Musgraves Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Brave” — Sara Bareilles “Royals” — Lorde “When I Was Your Man” — Bruno Mars “Roar” — Katy Perry “Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams “Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess “Stay” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko “Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Rock Performance: “Always Alright” — Alabama Shakes “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” — David Bowie “Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons “Kashmir” (Live) — Led Zeppelin “My God Is The Sun” — Queens Of The Stone Age “I’m Shakin'” — Jack White
Best Rock Album: 13 — Black Sabbath The Next Day — David Bowie Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin …Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Best Alternative Music Album: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case Trouble Will Find Me — The National Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails Lonerism — Tame Impala Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance: “Love And War” — Tamar Braxton “Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton “Nakamarra” — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip “How Many Drinks?” — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar “Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Love And War — Tamar Braxton Side Effects Of You — Fantasia One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi Unapologetic — Rihanna New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds
Best R&B Album: R&B Divas — Faith Evans Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys Love In The Future — John Legend Better — Chrisette Michele Three Kings — TGT
Best Rap Performance: “Started From The Bottom” — Drake “Berzerk” — Eminem “Tom Ford” — Jay Z “Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar “Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel “Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé “Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake “Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige “Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album: Nothing Was The Same — Drake Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Yeezus — Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance: “I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice “I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes “Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert “Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker “Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton
Best Country Album: Night Train — Jason Aldean Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musopgraves Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton Red — Taylor Swift
You can check out all the nominees at Grammy.com. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
[Ed. Note: I can’t WAIT to see Kanye NOT win forYeezus, thenjump on his Huffy Bike while he balances on his high horse that is trying not to fall off Yeezy’s soap box!! Who’s with me? #TeamMacklemoreYo And a big whoo HOOO for Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie being recognized! – DivaJulia]
Yep. We sat through the entire awards show, but that ain’t no big thang. We always do, because it’s like my job or something. That sure doesn’t mean I don’t have biases or favorites, right? I wouldn’t be the opinionated human sack of gossip you’ve grown to barely toleratelove. Right? RIGHT???
So…here are the winners, and I don’t have too many complaints aside from Pitbull trying his hand at a hosting gig and the Best New Artist…which clearly should have been awarded to our town’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, forpitysake. YOU know it and I know it; so let’s just move along.
Favorite Male Pop Rock Artist – Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B – Rihanna (Who was also presented with the AMA ICON Arward by her Mum.)
Favorite Album, Country – “Red,” by Taylor Swift
Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop – “The Heist,” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock – Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist, Latin – Marc Anthony
Favorite Album, Pop or Rock – “Take Me Home,” by One Direction
New Artist of the Year, presented by Kohl’s – Ariana Grande ( WHO??)
Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B – Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist, Country – Taylor Swift
Single of the Year – “Cruise,” by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly
Favorite Album, Soul/R&B – “The 20/20 Experience,” by Justin Timberlake
Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) – Avicii
Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary – Maroon 5
Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational – Matthew West
Top Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect
Favorite Male Artist, Country – Luke Bryan
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop or Rock – One Direction
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country – Lady Antebellum
Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift
And one more time:
Overall, the shows was okay. I really was hoping for some wins for Bruno Mars, which would’ve given us a hot performance, but alas–Timberlake won those awards. I did notice the not-too-subtle public shaming of Robin Thicke. Hmmmmm…Not all the surprising.
Even Miley was decent; although her staging was, well–odd?
WTAF? Oh. Right. “She’s just bein’ Maaaahleee, y’all.”
One more thing: How great did Joan Jett and Dave Grohl look? LOVE THEM!
Overall, what did alla ya’ll think? Anyone with me on the Bruno Mars sitch? Did ABC think they’d get more viewers/higher ratings with Timberlake winning performing? Just as simple questions; don’t LEAP all over me.