The Grammy Award nominations Friday night were pretty much what was expected. Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and others racked up a lot of nominations. But with all the obvious nominees, there were quite a few surprises and snubs.
The biggest shock of the night may have been that Lorde was not nominated for Best New Artist. The category has become important in the world of music, especially because an artist can only be nominated in it for one year of his or her career. Imagine Dragons was another favorite that was not nominated in the category.
But those weren't the only surprises in the Best New Artist category. James Blake may have been the surprise nominee of the year — to all those who don't know his music. The electronica singer/songwriter took the place that Lorde or Imagine Dragons might have taken. The other artists nominated were not surprises — Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran rounded out the category.
But Lorde wasn't upset. She tweeted her thanks for the nominations in one word.
FOUR— Lorde (@lordemusic) December 7, 2013
She did send out some congrats to other nominees, though.
Another surprise of the year, but again very well earned, is Sara Bareilles' receiving two nominations, including one for Album of the Year. The singer may have had the most appreciative response of the night.
i seriously can't stop shaking and now I have to go sing brave by myself at a NASCAR event which is awesome but can't stop hyperventilating— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) December 7, 2013
I never in a billion million years thought I'd be nominated for Album of the Year. I'm litterally shaking. Best birthday ever. Woah.— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) December 7, 2013
Katy Perry, a multiple Grammy nominee herself, also sent well wishes to Bareilles after her nominations.
Kanye West, although coming away with two nominations, was considered snubbed. He was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album, but he was not nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Taylor Swift, although nominated for Album of the Year, also only received other nominations in her own genre.
She didn't mind, though. The singer tweeted about her nomination Friday.
I LOVE YOU GUYS WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 7, 2013
Florida Georgia Line, who had a No. 1 album and four singles in the top five this year, did not receive a single nomination.
One Direction and Miley Cyrus were nominated for a total of zero awards, which also was a shock. Although Cyrus' album was not eligible because it was released too late, her songs "Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop" were both in play. One Direction was also fully eligible.
The Grammy Awards are coming up Sunday, Jan. 26, on CBS.
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