Wow, the Grammy Awards did not like the 20/20 Experience at all, prior to tonights Grammy Nomination Live concert, music journalist, and award prognosticators had Justin Timberlake as the star of the show with the most nominations, but at the actual concert he only received one nomination live, and was shut out of every major category.
The stars of the night were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis who opened the show with their first hit song "Thrift Shop" they received 3 nominations in the 4 major categories including Song of the Year for "Same Love," Best New Artist and Album of the Year. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have the most nominations in the major categorie.
I would say the Album of the Year category had the most surprises without Timberlake and Bruno Mars. The predictable nominees were Taylor Swift's Red, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' The Heist. The two bigger surprises were Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, and Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest. Lamar is only a surprise because they rarely nominate a rap album in this category let alone two albums, and that spot seemed to be for The Heist. Bareilles' nomination was more like "wow the Grammy Awards do pay attention to great singer/songwriters who aren't as mainstream." This list of nominees is actually pretty great even without Timberlake. Ironically Bareilles was not nominated in her genre album category, but Timberlake and Bruno Mars who was also snubbed were, NARAS needs to examine their voting structure.
While artists like Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z were shut out of the "major" categories they each scored tons of nominations, Timberlake scored 3 in the Pop Categories, one in the R&B category, and three in the rap category collaborating with Jay-Z, technically four because he is on Jay-Z's album and would win if it won rap album, bringing his nomination tally up to 8. Jay-Z has 9 nominations I counted, but is also credited on The Great Gatsby Album which recieved two nominations, the nominees are not listed under the album, but if true that would bring his total nominations to 11, but of course only an Album of the Year nominations working with Kendrick Lamar. Why does NARAS refuse to nominate his material in the general category?
Overall there were some nice surprises, but some real head scratchers. I can't wait for the judging committees to listen to Sara Bareilles' "Brave" next to Katy Perry's "Roar"proving once and for all the better song.
Album of the Year
Sara Bareilles-The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar-Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis-The Heist
Record of the Year
Daft Punk-Get Lucky
Bruno Mars-Locked out of Heaven
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharell Williams-Blurred Lines
Song of the Year
Pink featuring Nate Russ-Just Give Me a Reason
Bruno Mars-Locked out of Heaven
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis-Same Love
Best New Artist
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Solo Performance
Bruno Mars-When I was Your Man
Pop Collaboration by a Duo or Group
Daft Punk featuring pharell-Get Lucky
P!nk featuring Nate Russ-Just Give Me a Reason
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko-Stay
Robin Thick featuring featuring Pharell and T.I.-Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z-Suit and Tie
Best Pop Album
Lana Del Rey-Paradise
Bruno Mars-Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke-Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake-The Complete 20/20 Experience
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
See the full list here: