Daft Punk, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar nominated for Grammys

Jay Z leads the field with 9 nominations.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 26, and the Recording Academy has named the nominees. Due to the eligibility window (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013), 2012 highlights like Kendrick Lamar‘s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City have made the cut for this year’s awards.

In the major award categories, Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’ is up for Record of the Year (the award for performance and production), and their Random Access Memories is up for Album of the Year, alongside Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and albums by Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Sara Bareilles.

Lamar and James Blake are nominated for Best New Artist, along with Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; the breakthrough indie-rap act tied Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and Justin Timberlake with seven nods apiece.

Duke Dumont‘s ‘Need U’ is the lone bright spot in the Best Dance Recording nominees, while Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and Disclosure’s Settle up for Best Dance/Electronica Album alongside offerings by Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Pretty Lights.

The stacked Best Rap Album category includes Drake‘s Nothing Was The Same, Jay Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist, and Kanye West‘s Yeezus. The nominees for Best Rap Performance include Drake’s ‘Started From the Bottom’, Jay Z’s ‘Tom Ford’, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools (Drank’), Eminem’s ‘Berzerk’, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ubiquitous ‘Thrift Shop’; Best Rap Song subs in A$AP Rocky’s ‘Fuckin’ Problems’, Jay Z’s ‘Holy Grail’, and Kanye’s ‘New Slaves’. If Yeezus or Nothing Was The Same win, Hudson Mohawke would take home hardware for his production work.

Non-classical producer of the Year pits Pharrell (Daft Punk, Jay Z, Robin Thicke) against Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend, Haim), Dr. Luke (Will.i.am, Miley Cyrus, Juicy J), Jeff Tweedy and Rob Cavallo.

For the full list of nominees, head to the Grammy website.



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