Jay Z received nine Grammy nominations, the most of any artist, while “Get Lucky” performers Daft Punk and pop singer Taylor Swift will vie for album of the year.
Jay Z, born Shawn Carter, has 17 Grammy awards, the music industry’s top honor. He was nominated yesterday for songwriting, solo performances and collaborations with wife Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, during a CBS telecast from Los Angeles.
The nominations, which featured live performances from Robin Thicke and tag-popping rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, stoke interest ahead of the awards on Jan. 26, and lead to higher music sales, said David Bakula, a senior vice president at researcher Nielsen. Rapper LL Cool J hosted the event, which had remote performances from Katy Perry and Swift.
“There are so many people sitting at home who aren’t record buyers 51 weeks out of the year,” Bakula said. “Once people see those performances it energizes a lot of people to go out and buy some music.”
Jay Z, 44, was nominated for best rap album for “Magna Carta...Holy Grail,” and top rap song, for “Holy Grail.” His duets with Timberlake, who received seven nominations, and Beyonce will compete for best rap/sung collaboration.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose hit “Thrift Shop” celebrates second-hand bargains, rapper Kendrick Lamar and producer/rapper Pharrell Williams also received seven nominations each, including best new artist for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and for Lamar.
The awards, handed out annually by the Santa Monica, California-based Recording Academy, will be telecast by CBS Corp. (CBS:US)’s network from L.A.’s Staples Center. LL Cool J used last night's show to pay tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5.
In the Album of the Year category, Swift’s “Red” and Daft Punk, with “Random Access Memories,” are joined by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’s “The Blessed Unrest,” Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “The Heist.”
Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is the year’s top-selling single with 6.3 million copies, Bakula said. “Thrift Shop” follows with 6.1 million copies and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” came in with 5.3 million units, Bakula said.
“Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky” and “Radioactive” are among those nominated for record of the year, which recognizes a track’s artists, engineers and producers. Lorde’s “Royals” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” round out the category.
Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Katy Perry and Pink will compete for song of the year, an award that is given for songwriting.
Timberlake, who leads album sales this year, released “The 20/20 Experience” ahead of a summer tour and a second album with the same name few months later.
“The way he released two albums that bookended his summer tour was very, very smart,” Bakula said.
Lorde, a 17-year-old musician from New Zealand, broke through this year with the album “Royals,” which gave a female artist the first No. 1 ranking on the rock charts since Tracy Bonham in 1997, Bakula said.
“Lorde’s is an amazing story in a genre that hasn’t been a place for female artists, let alone 17 a year old, for a very long time,” Bakula said.
Riding a wave of popularity fueled by electronic dance music festivals, Daft Punk sold 840,000 copies of “Random Access Memories” in six months, Bakula said.
“Electronic dance music is this big and growing side of the business,” Bakula said. “A lot of people brought into that genre of music were looking for something new just as Daft Punk released its album.”
The industry is down to three major record companies. Vivendi SA (VIV)’s Universal Music Group acquired EMI’s recorded music business last year. An investor group led by Sony Corp. (6758), owner of Sony Music Entertainment, acquired EMI’s publishing business. In 2011, billionaire Len Blavatnik acquired Warner Music Group.
Artists who released albums between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, are eligible for the 56th Annual Grammys. Ballots are due Jan. 8, when they will be tabulated ahead of the awards show, according to the Recording Academy.
NOMINEES IN TOP 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
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