The surprising list of 2014 Grammy Awards nominees is revealed


Grammy season is now officially in full swing after the 56th annual Grammy Awards nominees were revealed over the weekend.

Offering a mixed bag of surprising inclusions and unexpected omissions, some of music’s biggest names were noticeably absent from the nominations list. There was, however, no shortage of Canadian talent on the docket.

Jay-Z leads the pack with nine nominations – a nod for every rap category – while Taylor Swift and Daft Punk are in the running for Record of the Year.

And despite being one of the biggest celebrities of 2013, Miley Cyrus received no nominations, while newcomer Lorde was recognized in several categories.

Carrie Underwood also received no nominations for the first time in her career.

In terms of Canadian talent, Drake scooped up four nominations, including Best Rap Performance (“Started From the Bottom”), Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Album of the Year ( Nothing Was the Same).

Neil Young is up for Best Rock Album with his band Crazy Horse for Psychedlic Pill, and Michael Bublé is in the running for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Remember You).

Canadian R&B breakout group the Weeknd also earned attention for best rap/sung collaboration for “Remember You” with Wiz Khalifa.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Jan. 26, 2014. Check out the complete list below and tell us: Were you surprised by the nominations?

The Grammy Awards red carpet starts at 6:30 pm on Jan. 26, 2014. For all the latest on GRAMMYS news, head to Grammys.ca.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Taylor Swift – Red

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Lorde – “Royals”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”

SONG OF THE YEAR
Pink feat. Nate Reuss – “Just Give Me a Reason”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Katy Perry – “Roar”
Lorde – “Royals”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert – “Same Love”

BEST NEW ARTIST
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
Lorde – “Royals”
Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry – “Roar”
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
Pink feat. Nate Reuss – “Just Give Me a Reason”
Rihanna feat. Mikky Eiko – “Stay”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z – “Suit & Tie”

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Lana Del Rey – Paradise
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Tony Bennett & Various Artist – Viva Duets
Michael Buble – To Be Loved
Gloria Estefan – The Standards
Cee Lo Green – Cee Lo’s Magic Moment
Dionne Warwick – Now

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
Lee Price – “I Drive Your Truck”
Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”
Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You”

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
The Civil Wars – From This Valley
Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush”
Little Big Town – “Your Side of the Bed”
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care”
Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”

BEST COUNTRY SONG
Taylor Swift – “Begin Again”
Lee Brice – “I Drive Your Truck”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go Round”
Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You”

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Jason Aldean – Night Train
Tim McGraw – Two Lanes of Freedom
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
Blake Shelton – Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift – Red

BEST DANCE RECORDING
Duke Dumont feat. AME & MNEK – “Need U”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”
Kaskade – “Atmosphere”
Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like”
Zedd feat. Foxes – “Clarity”

BEST DANCE ALBUM
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Disclosure – Settle
Calvin Harris – 18 Months
Kaskade – Atmosphere
Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
Alabama Shakes – “Always Alright”
David Bowie – “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”
Queens of the Stone Age – “My God is the Sun”
Jack White – “I’m Shakin’”

BEST ROCK SONG
Gary Clark Jr – “Ain’t Messin Round”
Paul McCartney – “Cut Me Some Slack”
The Rolling Stones – “Doom and Gloom”
Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?”
Muse – “Panic Station”

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Black Sabbath – 13
David Bowie – The Next Day
Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
Neil Young With Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Anthony Hamilton – “Best of Me”
Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip – “Nakamarra”
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – “How Many Drinks?”
Snark Puppy with Lalah Hathaway – “Something”

BEST R&B SONG
Anthony Hamilton – “Best of Me”
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
PJ Morton feat. Stevie Wonder – “Only One”
Justin Timberlake – “Pusher Love Girl”
Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot – “Without Me”

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Tamar Braxton – Love and War
Fantasia – Side Effects of You
Salaam Remi – One: In the Chamber
Rihanna – Unapologetic
Mack Wilds – New York: A Love Story

BEST R&B ALBUM
Faith Evans – R&B Divas
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
John Legend – Love in the Future
Chrisette Michele – Better
TGT – Three Kings

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Jay Z – “Tom Ford”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
J. Cole feat Miguel – “Power Trip”
Jay Z feat. Beyonce – “Part II (On the Run)”
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige – “Now or Never”
Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd – “Remember You”

BEST RAP SONG
ASAP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar – “F***in’ Problems”
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
Kanye West – “New Slaves”
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop”

BEST RAP ALBUM
Drake – Nothing Was the Same
Jay Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Kanye West – Yeezus

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Coldplay – “Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Jessie J – “Silver Lining” from Silver Linings Playbook
Adele – “Skyfall” from Skyfall
Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw – “We Both Know” from Safe Haven
Lana Del Rey – “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby
Regina Spektor – “You’ve Got Time” from Orange Is the New Black

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