2014 Grammy Nominations (10 Notable Categories)

This year’s Grammy nominations were filled with surprising snubs and refreshing inclusions (or refreshing snubs and surprising inclusions, whichever way you want to interpret them!) Although artists like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce (who has now surpassed Dolly Parton for the most overall nominations by a female artist), Meghan Trainor and Pharrell fared really well today, other artists like Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and “Let it Go” crooner Idina Menzel weren’t so lucky. Here are this year’s nominations for 10 notable categories.

1. Album of the Year

  1. Beck (Morning Phase)
  2. Beyonce (Beyonce)
  3. Ed Sheeran (X)
  4. Sam Smith (In The Lonely Hour)
  5. Pharrell Williams (Girl)

Keep in mind, Taylor Swift’s latest album won’t be eligible until next year. However one of this year’s highest sellers, the Frozen soundtrack was left off, along with Eminem’s latest album.

2. Record of the Year

  1. “Fancy” (Iggy Azalea, feat. Charlie XCX)
  2. “Chandelier” (Sia)
  3. “Stay with Me” (Sam Smith)
  4. “Shake it Off” (Taylor Swift)
  5. “All About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor)

Four of the five artists nominated in this category are female, which is sort of refreshing. It’s a strong year for female artists considering Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Idina Menzel were all left out. The most surprising snub is Pharrell’s “Happy” – which I probably heard at least twice a day for the last year.

3. Song of the Year

  1. “All About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor)
  2. “Chandelier” (Sia)
  3. “Shake it Off” (Taylor Swift)
  4. “Stay with Me” (Sam Smith)
  5. “Take Me to the Church” (Hozier)

Nearly identical to Record of the year, except Hozier replaces Iggy Iggs. Not to belabor the point but, Oscar nominees “Let it Go” and “Happy” were snubbed here too.

4. Best New Artist

  1. Iggy Azalea
  2. Bastille
  3. Brandy Clark
  4. Haim
  5. Sam Smith

This category isn’t too striking or surprising. Usually voters choose a mix of popular choices (Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith) and more obscure choices (country singer Brandy Clark). Anyway, Sam Smith is definitely the front runner here.

5. Best Pop Vocal Album

  1. Coldplay (Ghost Stories)
  2. Miley Cyrus (Bangerz)
  3. Ariana Grande (My Everything)
  4. Katy Perry (Prism)
  5. Ed Sheeran (X)
  6. Sam Smith (The Lonely Hour)

Both Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande received their first Grammy nominations (Grande received another nomination for her collab with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj).Coldplay has had better years, but at least they received a nom here.

6. Best Country Solo Performance

  1. “Give Me Back My Hometown” (Eric Church)
  2. “Invisible” (Hunter Hayes)
  3. “Automatic” (Miranda Lambert)
  4. “Something In the Water” (Carrie Underwood)
  5. “Cop Car” (Keith Urban)

Underwood vs. Lambert seems like a compelling rivalry. However, this is Hunter Hayes third straight nomination. He’s definitely a dark horse at this point.

7. Best Rap Song

  1. “Anaconda” (Nicki Minaj)
  2. “Bound 2″ (Kanye West and Charlie Wilson)
  3. “I” (Kendrick Lamar)
  4. “We Dem Boyz” (Wiz Khalifa)
  5. “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” (Drake)

It’s weird seeing a rap category without Jay-Z or even Eminem. Iggy Azalea received recognition for her album, but her songs were ignored in the rap categories. Despite low receptions for their music videos, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj still received surprise nods here.

8. Best Rock Performance

    1. “Gimme Something Good” (Ryan Adams)
    2. “Do I Wanna Know?” (Arctic Monkeys)
    3. “Blue Moon” (Beck)
    4. “Fever” (The Black Keys)
    5. “Lazaretto” (Jack White)

9. Best Urban Contemporary Album

    1. Jhene Aiko (Sail Out)
    2. Beyonce (Beyonce)
    3. Chris Brown (X)
    4. Mali Music (Mali Is…)
    5. Pharrell Williams (Girl)

10. Best Song Written For Visual Media

  1. “Everything is Awesome!!!” (Tegan and Sara, feat. The Lonely Island) from The Lego Movie
  2. “I See Fire” (Ed Sheeran) from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  3. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell) from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  4. “Let It Go” (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) from Frozen
  5. “The Moon Song” (Spike Jonze and Karen O) from Her

There’s Frozen!

To read the full list, check out the official Grammy website.

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