Grammy nominations have been announced and there was an impressive list of musical heading up the show last Friday.
It was the night for hip-hop as the top nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards came from that particular genre of music. Jay Z was at the top of the musical heap having garnered nine nominations, while Macklemore and Lewis came behind him with seven nominations.
It was Macklemore and Lewis who kicked off the Friday night event that can best be described as a hyped up way of announcing the upcoming Grammy nominations. They performed a rousing rendition of their song Thrift Shop. The hip-hop duo were the only performers to receive Grammy nominations in all but one of the four top categories. Their song The Heist is up for the top album honors for 2013 with their song speaking out against homophobia, Same Love is up for the top song. They are also named for being the best new performers of the year.
The fact is that Ben Haggerty (also known as Macklemore) has been performing and recording for more than ten years out of Seattle, his hometown. But, the category for top performers of the year has loosely come to represent releases that help the artist to establish a public persona. That is clearly the case with The Heist which definitely put him and Ryan Lewis in the musical limelight.
Also competing to be named the top newcomer of 2013 were Lamar, James Blake, Ed Sheeran and Kacey Musgraves. It came as a surprise to many that Lorde was not listed in that category. However, the teenager from New Zealand did receive Grammy nominations in four other categories including 2013’s best artist and the best song of 2013.
Other nominees for the top album of 2013 include Sara Bareilles, Lamar, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift.
Controversial artist Kanye West was the shut out of top awards but did receive two Grammy nominations for best song and album in the rap category. Child star turned shock princess, Miley Cyrus was shut out of the top categories as well.
There was also some nostalgic times during the show as legendary heavy metal group Black Sabbath was nominated three times in different categories, narrowly racing ahead of another legendary musical group, Led Zeppelin. Probably the most confusing nomination would have to be Taylor Swift. Her most recent album, Red indicated a move away from her beginnings in the pop and country world. Nevertheless, she was named as a nominee for the top country album of 2014. Her performance in Los Angeles on Friday night had more of a hard rock edge reminiscing of the 80’s than even remotely resembling anything out of Nashville.
Two legends in their twilight years were also nominated. That included Mavis Staples for her Americana album and singer and harmonica aficionado James Cotton for the best album in the blues category. Nominated for the best album for children was James Cotton. Nominated to be top non-classical producer for 2013 was Jeff Tweedy. Music critic Neil Tesser was named for to album notes. It was David Frost who was nominated for top classic producer which included his work on the Chicago Symphony and Chorus production of Othello.
Those nominated for a Grammy will find out their status on January 26 when the Grammy Awards show is aired.
By Rick Hope