Saturday, 7 December 2013

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2014: Beres, Ziggy among Reggae Album nominees; Jay-Z leads the overall pack

NOTEWORTHY: Beres Hammond's latest among the reggae album hopefuls.

They're here! Following Friday night's Grammy nominations special on CBS, hosted by LL Cool J, this year's slate of Best Reggae Album contenders were revealed, alongside the scores of other categories on grammy.com. Voters saw fit to give shout-outs to veterans like Beres Hammond while making room for younger candidates like Sizzla and Snoop Lion. Ziggy Marley, as expected, was recognized for his Live In Concert CD, while regular contenders Sly & Robbie made the cut with their entry Reggae Connection. 

One Love, One Life -- Beres Hammond (VP Records) 
Ziggy Marley In Concert -- Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong) 
The Messiah -- Sizzla (VP records) 
Reggae Connection -- Sly & Robbie and The Jam Masters (K'z Records)
Reincarnated -- Snoop Lion (RCA Records) 

Meanwhile, a pack of heavyweights should stir up some excitement when the Grammys are doled out in Los Angeles at the end of next month. Faves like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z (leading the pack with nine nods) all earned nominations in the major categories. See a breakdown below:

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 & Pharell Williams 
Radioactive -- Imagine Dangerous Royals -- Lorde 
Locked Out of Heaven -- Bruno Mars 
Blurred Lines -- Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams 

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

SONG OF THE YEAR: 
Just Give Me a Reason -- Pink feat. Nate Russ 
Locked out of Heaven -- Bruno Mars 
Roar -- Katy Perry 
Royals -- Lorde 
Same Love -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert





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