The nominations were unveiled Friday (Dec. 6) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in a televised ceremony that featured performances by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry and Lorde.
The prestigious “Album of the Year” category was the biggest surprise, with four fresh names Sara Bereilles, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They were joined by veteran winner Taylor Swift for her album Red.
The big names–and big sellers– were missing from the list, including Katy Perry, Timberlake, Cyrus and a slew of rappers.
The nominees are chosen by members of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) based on quality alone, without considering sales, chart performance, personal friendships, regional preferences or company loyalty.
The five recordings that earn the most votes in each category become the nominees. There may be more than five nominees if there is a tie in the nomination process.
Because Grammy voters tend to be older, the awards have traditionally be skewed to older artists. But this year there was enough new talent to blunt some of that criticism.
The four top categories are “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” because they are not restricted by genre.
All four categories were chock full of surprises. Record of the Year nominees included Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams for “Get Lucky;” Imagine Dragons for “Radioactive;” Lorde for “Royals,” Bruno Mars for “Locked Out of Heaven” and Robin Thicke for his controversial song “Blurred Lines.”
Lorde, a teen singing sensation from New Zealand is one of the biggest breakout artists of the year, yet she was passed over in the Best New Artist category. She was, however, nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Solo Album.
Timberlake also won a nod for Best Pop Solo Album for The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience.
In the rock category, legacy acts ruled. David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Neil Young all received nods.
In another enduring mystery, Swift received nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Song for Red, even though the album and song are pure pop.
The 56th Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 26.
Check out the major nominees below and follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest Grammy updates.
|2013 Grammy Nominees, Major Categories|
|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
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Lorde – “Royals”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
SONG OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
BEST ROCK ALBUM
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
BEST ROCK SONG
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
BEST COUNTRY SONG
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
|Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”|
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”
Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You”
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
BEST R&B ALBUM
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
BEST R&B SONG
HIP-HOP RAP MUSIC
BEST RAP ALBUM
BEST RAP SONG
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
BEST DANCE RECORDING
BEST DANCE ALBUM
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA