Jay-Z Leads Grammy Noms; Kanye suffers, Tejanos Cry

Jay-Z scored nine nominations to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to be held January 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS at 10 p.m. Central. The rapper leads the nominee pack, followed by Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams with seven and Drake and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig with five.

However, most Jay-Z noms came in the rap categories, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored three in the big ones: Album of the Year (The Heist), Best New Artist and Song of the Year (“Same Love”).

Someone who’s probably pissed right now and getting ready for a Twitter rant is Kanye West, whose Yeezus only got two nominations in the rap categories. But no one should be more pissed than the Tejanos, who were completely ignored in the new, controversial Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano). How the Tejanos were going to compete with top-selling, PR-heavy Mexican Regional artists was always a mystery, and last night's announcement only confirmed it. The nominees in this category were Joan Sebastian, Paquita la del Barrio, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Intocable (from Zapata, the only ones vaguely resembling a Tejano sound) and Banda Los Recoditos. Not that the Tejanos produced Sgt. Pepper or Pet Sounds in 2013, but getting rid of the category in its entirety and claiming they are now "included" in the Regional Mexican area, is pure b.s. It would have been more honest for the Academy to say: "You're finished, Tejanos. You suck. We don't want you anymore."

In the now (also) smaller Latin categories, Draco Rosa (already a recent Latin Grammy winner) shouldn’t have a problem winning Album of the Year for Vida, and Café Tacuba should win Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco (easily the best Latin alternative album of the year, even though the Latin Academy didn’t see it that way).

All these nominees released albums or songs before September 30, the last day of the nomination eligibility period. That’s why, for example, Miley Cyrus could have been nominated for one of her Bangerz songs, but the album itself won’t be eligible until the 2015 Grammy Awards. The same applies to Arcade Fire's Reflektor, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP2, Katy Perry's Prism, Lady Gaga's ARTPOP and Paul McCartney's New, some of the big-profile albums of the second half of 2013.

A curiosity: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are nominated for Best Rap Song for Jay-Z's "Holy Grail" (included in Magna Carta

Holy Grail) which uses lyrics from "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Grohl, Novoselic and Pat Smear are also nominated in the Best Rock Song category for "Cut Me Some Slack," their collaboration with Paul McCartney included in the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit gig and album.

Here’s the nominees in some of the top categories. Go to Grammy.com for the complete list.

Record of the Year

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams - "Get Lucky"

Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"

Lorde - "Royals"

Bruno Mars - "Locked Out of Heaven"

Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams - "Blurred Lines"

Album of the Year

Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

Taylor Swift – Red

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 & Ryan Lewis - "Same Love"

Best New Artist

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

Sara Bareilles - "Brave"

Lorde - "Royals"

Bruno Mars - "When I Was Your Man"

Katy Perry - "Roar"

Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors"

Best Pop Vocal Album

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience

Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lana Del Rey - Paradise

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams - "Get Lucky"

Pink Featuring Nate Ruess - "Just Give Me A Reason"

Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko - "Stay"

Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams - "Blurred Lines"

Justin Timberlake & Jay Z - "Suit & Tie"

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Disclosure - Settle

Calvin Harris - 18 Months

Kaskade - Atmosphere

Pretty Lights - A Color Map Of The Sun

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes - "Always Alright"

David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"

Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"

Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir" (Live)

Queens Of The Stone Age - "My God Is The Sun"

Jack White - "I'm Shakin'"

Best Rock Album

Black Sabbath - 13

David Bowie - The Next Day

Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull

Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

Queens Of The Stone Age -

Like Clockwork

Neil Young With Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Best Rock Song

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear - "Cut Me Some Slack"

Gary Clark Jr. - "Messin' Around"

The Rolling Stones - "Doom and Gloom"

Muse - "Panic Station"

Black Sabbath "God Is Dead?"

Best Alternative Music Album

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

Tame Impala - Lonerism

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton - "Love And War"

Anthony Hamilton - "Best Of Me"

Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip - "Nakamarra"

Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar - "How Many Drinks?"

Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway - "Something"

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Tamar Braxton - Love And War

Fantasia - Side Effects Of You

Salaam Remi - One: In The Chamber

Rihanna - Unapologetic

Mack Wilds - New York: A Love Story

Best R&B Album

Faith Evans - R&B Divas

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

John Legend - Love In The Future

Chrisette Michele - Better

TGT - Three Kings

Best Rap Performance

Drake - "Started From The Bottom"

Eminem - "Berzerk"

Jay Z - "Tom Ford"

Kendrick Lamar - "Swimming Pools (Drank)"

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz - "Thrift Shop"

Best Rap Song

ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar - "Fuckin' Problem"

Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake - "Holy Grail"

Kanye West - "New Slaves"

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Thrift Shop"

Drake - "Started From the Bottom"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

J.Cole Featuring Miguel - "Power Trip"

Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé - "Part II (On The Run)"

Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake - "Holy Grail"

Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige - "Now Or Never"

Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd - "Remember You"

Best Rap Album

Drake - Nothing Was The Same

Jay Z - Magna Carta

Holy Grail

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

Kanye West – Yeezus

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

Taylor Swift – Red

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Coldplay - "Atlas" (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

Jessie J - "Silver Lining" (The Silver Linings Playbook) Adele - "Skyfall" (Skyfall)

Colbie Caillat Featuring Gavin DeGraw - "We Both Know" (Safe Haven)

Lana Del Rey - "Young and Beautiful" (The Great Gatsby)

Regina Spektor - "You've Got Time" (Orange Is the New Black)

Producer of the Year

Rob Cavallo

Dr. Luke

Ariel Rechtshaid

Jeff Tweedy

Pharrell Williams