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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are quickly approaching and now we have the first look at the nominees.

Jay Z, who just celebrated his 44th birthday this week, leads the pack with nine nominations Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis all come in with seven. With Drake pulling anchor at five nominations.

Kendrick Lamar is nominated for both "Best Rap Album" -- who he'll square off with Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- as well as the coveted "Album of the Year." A category that has been won by a hip hop artist only twice before (Lauryn Hill, Outkast).

A complete list of the nominations is available below.

Song of the Year:

Pink! Feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Katy Perry – “Roar”
Lorde – “Royals”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Feat. Mary Lambert – “Same Love”

Best Pop/Duo Group Performance:

Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell – “Get Lucky”
Pink! Feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko – “Stay”
Robin Thicke Feat. Pharrell and T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake Feat. JAY Z – “Suit & Tie”

Album of the Year:

Kendrick Lamar – good Kid, m.A.A.d. City
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Taylor Swift – Red

Best New Artist:

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

Record of the Year:

Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell – “Get Lucky”
Lorde – “Royals”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”

Best Rap Album:

Drake – Nothing Was the Same
JAY Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kanye West – Yeezus
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist

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 R&B Performance:

“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
“Side Effects Of You” — Fantasia
“One: In The Chamber” — Salaam Remi
“Unapologetic” — Rihanna
“New York: A Love Story” — Mack Wilds

Best R&B Album:

R&B Divas — Faith Evans
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
Love In The Future — John Legend
Better — Chrisette Michele
Three Kings — TGT

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

“Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr.
“Get It Right” — Fantasia
“Quiet Fire” — Maysa
“Hey Laura” — Gregory Porter
“Yesterday” — Ryan Shaw

Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award):

“Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
“Only One” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
“Pusher Love Girl” — James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
“Without Me” — Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)

Best Rap Performance:

“Started From The Bottom” — Drake
“Berzerk” — Eminem
“Tom Ford” — Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Best Rap Song:

“F***in' Problems” — Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail” — Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)
“New Slaves” — Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom” — W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
“Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

Best Reggae Album:

“One Love, One Life” — Beres Hammond
“Ziggy Marley In Concert” — Ziggy Marley
“The Messiah” — Sizzla
“Reggae Connection” — Sly & Robbie And The Jam Masters
“Reincarnated” — Snoop Lion

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:
Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell

Best Short Form Music Video:
“Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities
“Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” – Jay Z
“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
“I’m Shakin’” – Jack White

ENTER RATING

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