1. And the nominees are…
The 56th Annual Grammys nominations have been announced and this year's line up (surprisingly) includes a long list of our favorite artists in the running for top honors! Jay Z has the most nods for the 2014 awards that'll be held January 26 and Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and JT aren't far behind. See the full list here: http://bit.ly/1bmLMuZ and keep clicking to check out some of nominees that have us buzzing!
2. Jay Z
The Jigga man's dominating the 2014 Grammys race with nine nominations for "Magna Carta…Holy Grail," including one for Best Rap Album and two for both Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, a category that Beyonce appears on too for their duet "Part II (On The Run)." Fun facts: Hov and Bey have 40 Grammys between them and Bey holds the record for nominations for a female artist with 46!
The four-time Grammy winner produced and appeared on two of the hottest, chart topping songs of this summer -- Robin Thicke's #1 single "Blurred Lines" and Daf Punk's "Get Lucky" -- and now he'll go head to head with himself with both songs up for the Record of The Year award, amongst his seven other nominations. Someone give this man a Lifetime Achievement Award for completely making careers, already!
4. Kendrick Lamar
In case there was any doubt that Kendrick is completely killing the game after his epic "Control" verse, the rapper is up there with the big boys with seven nominations for his smash album "good kid, m.A.A.d city." HIs nods including top honors, Best New Artist and Album of The Year, a category that veteran artists like Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West were overlooked for.
5. Kanye West
Yes, cue the Yeezy rant in 5, 4, 3, 2….the rapper who has notoriously bashed the Grammys after being snubbed for Album and Song of the Year in the past, was "only" nominated for two awards for "Yeezus": Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song, for "New Slaves." Hopefully Kim's giving him lots of hugs...
6. Justin Timberlake
While JT, who already holds six Grammys, earned seven different nominations this go round, the pop star was notably shut out of the top categories -- Album, Song and Record of the Year -- for his comeback album "The 20/20/ Experience." Timberlake's nominations include Best Pop Vocal Album, Pop Solo performance for "Mirrors" and R&B song for "Pusher Love Girl." He also shares four nominations with Jay Z .
7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Newbies Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also snagged seven nominations, with nods in three of the top four categories: Album of the Year (for “The Heist”), Song of the Year (“Same Love”) and Best New Artist. They're also up for Best Rap Album against Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay Z and Kanye….and the Grammys will need to have SEVERAL seats if they end up winning that category.
Somewhere this year's Best Rap Album winner is crying tears -- of joy -- for his five nominations for the 2014 awards, including Album of the Year for "Nothing Was the Same," Best Rap Album, as well as Best Rap Song and Rap Performance for "Started From the Bottom" (how much we want to bet that he uses the line in his acceptance speech if he wins?).
9. Robin Thicke
Hey, hey, hey! Was there really any doubt that Thicke would score a Record of the Year nod for "Blurred Lines" after the summer smash lived at #1 on the charts for 12 weeks? The blue eyed soul crooner shares his first-ever nominations with Pharrell and T.I.; the trio is also up for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance."
10. Tamar Braxton
We are thrilled to see singer/reality TV fave Tamar up for three Grammy statuettes for "Love and War" including Best R&B Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Song for the title track!
Rih Rih's no stranger to the Grammys (she's already got 6 on her shelf from previous years) and this year she'll go for the gold with nominations for "Unapologetic" in the Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance categories.
"How Many Drinks" got previous Grammy award winner Miguel, and Kendrick Lamar, a mention for Best R&B Performance. Meanwhile the singer's assist on J. Cole's, "Power Trip," scored a Best Rap Collaboration nod. Let's just hope no one ends up getting injured after Miguel attends this awards show.
There have already been jokes that the newbie 17 year old singer of "Royals," "skipped a grade" to snag four nominations for the song -- including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo performance -- but come on, you know *everyone* was singing it. Though the hit has the New Zealand singer-songwriter in the Grammys game for the first time, she was notably overlooked for the Best New Artist category.
14. Bruno Mars
Mars has over 13 previous nominations ("Just The Way You Are" won him one award in 2011) and he's scooping up nods again with coveted Record of the Year and Song of the Year mentions as well as Best Pop Solo Performance and Pop Vocal Album considerations.
15. Mack Wilds
Mack Wilds makes his Grammys debut with a nod for his first album "New York: A Love Story" in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category.
Tyreese cleared up the rumors and confirmed that he, Genuine and Tank are NOT dismantling their guy group, which is a good look since the the trio got a Best R&B Album nod for "Three Kings."
17. Faith Evans
TV One's "R&B Diva" scores a Best R&B Album nod for none other than "R&B Divas."
18. Alicia Keys
This. Girl. Is. (Still) On Fireeeeeeee! Somewhere the previous Grammy winner is screaming for joy that her fifth studio album has been nominated for Best R&B Album.
19. Chrisette Michele
You better work Chrisette! The songbird's also up for Best R&B Album for her latest album, "Better."
20. John Legend
Legend rounds out the Best R&B Album category with recognition for "Love In The Future."
21. Anthony Hamilton
The smooth singer's truly gave it his all with his album, "Best of Me," that earned him Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song nominations.
Fantasia's latest album "Side Effects of You" brought the 2004 American Idol winner three Grammy nominations, including Best Urban Contemporary Album (Side Effects of You), Best Traditional R&B Performance (Get It Right) and Best R&B Song (Without Me).
23. Cee Lo Green
"The Voice" judge and five-time Grammy winner caught the attention of Grammys voters again with "Cee Lo's Magic Moment," which is up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Eminem already has -- count 'em -- 13 Grammy awards and he'll have the opportunity to add another to his collection with a nomination for Best Rap Performance for his track "Berzerk."
25. Wiz Khalifa
Wiz, who's been nominated for four awards in the past, is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the 2014 awards, for "Remember You," featuring The Weekend.
26. Mary J. Blige
Mary previously made Grammys history as the only artist to have won in the R&B, Rap, Pop, and Gospel fields. This year songstress appears on the ballot for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for appearing on Kendrick Lamar's "Now of Never."
27. Dionne Warwick
Warwick is showing the kids she's still got it! The Grammy Hall of Famer and five-time winner's latest work, "Now," is up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.