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Jay Z Leads Grammy Nominations

All hail Hov. Jay Z leads the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Roc Nation mogul was nominated nine times this year in categories including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta…Holy Grail and Best Rap Song for “Holy Grail.”

Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis follow with seven, while Drake and Daft Punk score five nods. Bruno Mars, Lorde, and Taylor Swift pick up four apiece.

“Very surreal moment. It’s like we’re not supposed to be here, but we’re here,” said Macklemore, who was nominated in the coveted Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

Robin Thicke was humbled by his three nominations including Record of the Year for “Blurred Lines.” “What an incredible honor, thank you to the Grammy committee for the nomination,” he tweeted. “This is the icing on the cake for this year.”

The nominations were announced during “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” special at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday.

The awards will be handed out during the live ceremony on Sunday, January 26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

See a list of nominees 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
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines”- Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I.

Song of the Year
“Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink feat. Nate Ruess
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Royals” – Lorde
“Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert

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

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

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

Best Rap Song
“F***in’ Problems” – A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, & Kendrick Lamar
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
“New Slaves” – Kanye West
“Started From the Bottom” – Drake
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Power Trip” – J. Cole feat. Miguel
“Part II (On the Run)” – Jay Z feat. Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
“Now or Never” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” – Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd

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

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

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
“Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink feat. Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I.
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Royals” – Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

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 Dance Recording
“Need U (100%)” – Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“This Is What It Feels Like” – Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” – Zedd feat. Foxes

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

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

For a full list of nominees, click here.