The long list of Grammy nominations came out Friday night, after a CBS television special hosted by LL Cool J in which multiple nominees Lorde, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed.
When the dust settled and the full nominations list in 82 categories came out after the show was over, these story lines emerged:
Jay-Z, whose would-be opus Magna Carta Holy Grail elicited more indifference than excitement upon release in July, led the way with 9 total nominations, while being shut out in the major categories of album of the year, song of the year and record of the year, which are widely considered to be the only ones that matter.
Lorde, the 17 year old New Zealander whose given name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, was nominated for record and song of the year for "Royals," but not best new artist. Too new, I guess. The five nominees in that category are: James Blake, Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves (good for her), Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Kanye West, whose Yeezus has been named album of the year by Entertainment Weekly and Spin, was largely ignored. He received two nominations on lesser categories. Justin Timberlake, who sold big with both halves of his The 20 / 20 Experience, pulled down seven nominations, but none in the major categories. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharrell Williams got seven also, the latter mostly for co-writing two heavily nominated hits in Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
The album of the year nominees are Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. Lamar's good kid, M.A.A.D. City, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' The Heist, Taylor Swift's Red and the one big head scratcher, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest, which was not a notable critical or commercial success.
Swift, who grew up in Wyomissing, Pa, pulled down four nominations. Pink, who was born in Abington and grew up in Doylestown (and played the Wells Fargo Center on Friday), is nominated in the song of the year category, for "Just Give Me A Reason," which she sings with Nate Ruess of fun. Also up in that category are Bruno Mars for "Locked Out of Heaven," Katy Perry for "Roar," Lorde for "Royals" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for "Same Love."
The big local nomination-getter was Camden County gospel singer Tye Tribbett, who is up for three awards. One is for gospel / contemporary Christian performance for "If He Did It Before ... Same God," which is also in contention for best gospel song. He's also nominated for best gospel album for Greater Than.
Other Philly connected nominees include High School for the Creative and Performing Arts alum Christian McBride. The bassist's "Out Here" is up for best jazz instrumental album. And Cheltenham-reared trumpeter Randy Brecker is in the hunt for best large jazz ensemble album for Night in Calisia.
The Grammys will be given out Jan. 26th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The full list of nominees is here.