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Nominations for 2014 Grammy Awards were released last week. Jay Z leads the field with 9 nominations. Behind him, a handful of hip-hop and pop artists (including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) are tied with 7.

At the 2013 ceremony, alternative artists led all nominees and dominated much of the big categories. Four of the five Album Of The Year nominees came from the alt/rock world – with Mumford & Sons claiming the trophy. Mumford, not to mention fun. and The Black Keys shared a lead on the field with six nominations each.

Artists under the large, diverse Alternative umbrella did not receive the same level of recognition in the 2014 honors. But like last year, that recognition is often due to crossover success. The alt format flirted heavily with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2013 – the rap duo received 7 nominations. Daft Punk had 5. Lorde earned 4. Queens Of The Stone Age got 3. Mumford & Sons, Jack White, Imagine Dragons, Nate Ruess of fun. (for his work with Pink), and Dave Grohl’s Sound City crew grabbed 2 nominations each. Muse and several others snagged just one.

Some observations:

The \’real\’ alternative category – Best Alternative Music Album – looks pretty diverse with young blood like Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend alongside veterans such as Nine Inch Nails and The National.

I\’m rooting for Muse in Best Rock Song, but they are seriously outgunned by veterans that Grammy voters have a tough time ignoring – especially if those same Grammy voters had their heads up their asses in previous years.

Case-in-point: Led Zeppelin. The British rock legends earned one nomination and no trophies during their heyday. They played one show in 2007 with drummer Jason Bonham; and the document of that performance, Celebration Day, is up for numerous awards that should go to more deserving, more relevant acts. Best Rock Performance should probably go to Imagine Dragons for \”Radioactive\”, but voters handing this trophy to Zeppelin wouldn\’t shock me one bit.

Because of his work as a producer and collaborator, Pharrell Williams is one of the most nominated artists with 7. He\’s actually running against himself in Record Of The Year. He sang on both Daft Punk\’s \”Get Lucky\” and Robin Thicke\’s \”Blurred Lines\”.

Here’s a list of the most prestigious categories. Artists 97x played are in bold.

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\” — Pink f/ Nate Ruess

\”Locked Out Of Heaven\” — Bruno Mars

\”Roar\” — Katy Perry

\”Royals\” —Lorde

\”Same Love\” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert

Best New Artist:

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Best Rock Performance:

\”Always Alright\” — Alabama Shakes

\”The Stars (Are Out Tonight)\” — David Bowie

\”Radioactive\” — Imagine Dragons

\”Kashmir\” (Live) — Led Zeppelin

\”My God Is The Sun\” — Queens Of The Stone Age

\”I\’m Shakin\’\” — Jack White

Best Rock Album:

\”13\” — Black Sabbath

\”The Next Day\” — David Bowie

\”Mechanical Bull\” — Kings Of Leon

\”Celebration Day\” — Led Zeppelin

\”…Like Clockwork\” — Queens Of The Stone Age

\”Psychedelic Pill\” — Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Best Rock Song

\”Ain\’t Messin \’Round\” — Gary Clark Jr.

\”Cut Me Some Slack\” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear

\”Doom And Gloom\” — The Rolling Stones

\”God Is Dead?\” — Black Sabbath

\”Panic Station\” – Muse

Best Alternative Music Album

\”The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You\” — Neko Case

\”Trouble Will Find Me\” — The National

\”Hesitation Marks\” — Nine Inch Nails

\”Lonerism\” — Tame Impala

\”Modern Vampires Of The City\” — Vampire Weekend

Best Pop Solo Performance:

\”Brave\” — Sara Bareilles

\”Royals\” — Lorde

\”When I Was Your Man\” — Bruno Mars

\”Roar\” — Katy Perry

\”Mirrors\” — Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

\”Get Lucky\” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

\”Just Give Me A Reason\” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess

\”Stay\” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko

\”Blurred Lines\” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

\”Suit & Tie\” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

Best Pop Vocal Album:

\”Paradise\” — Lana Del Rey

\”Pure Heroine\” — Lorde

\”Unorthodox Jukebox\” — Bruno Mars

\”Blurred Lines\” — Robin Thicke

\”The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience\” — Justin Timberlake

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Settle — Disclosure

18 Months — Calvin Harris

Atmosphere — Kaskade

A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights

Check out a full list of 2014 Grammy Nominees here.

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