Pop music pundits were predicting that the Seattle rap team of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would show up in Friday’s Grammy award announcement, but few expected the duo to rake in seven nominations.
Even fewer expected the members of Nirvana, whose singer Kurt Cobain has been dead for 19 years, to get a nomination, as well.
But that’s how it came down.
Macklemore and Lewis were nominated for Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Rap Album (“The Heist”), Song of the Year (“Same Love”), Rap Performance and Best Rap Song (“Thrift Shop”) and, with Ray Dalton, Best Music Video (“Can’t Hold Us”).
Seattle singer-songwriter Mary Lambert also picked up a nomination for her part in writing “Same Love.”
“Holy Grail,” originally written by Nirvana (Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl) and recorded in a new version written by Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and others, received a nomination for Best Rap Song.
Nominations in the top four categories were as follows:
Record of the Year: “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams), “Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons), “Royals” (Lorde), “Locked Out of Heaven” (Bruno Mars) and “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell).
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 and Lewis) and “Red” (Taylor Swift).
Song of the Year: “Just Give Me A Reason” (Jeff Bhaskar, Pink, Nate Ruess), “Locked out of Heaven” (Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars), “Roar” (Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry and Henry Walter), “Royals” (Joel Little, Ella Yelich O’Connor) and “Same Love” (Macklemore, Lewis, Lambert).
Best New Artist: Macklemore and Lewis, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran.
Northwest singer-songwriter Neko Case also received a Grammy nod for Best Alternative Music Album, for “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.”
Grohl and Novoselic, along with Paul McCartney and Pat Smear, got a nomination for Best Rock Song, for “Cut Me Some Slack.”
Hear Music, the Starbucks record label, was nominated for Best Box or Special Limited Edition Package, for the Paul McCartney reissue, “Wings Over America.”
Winners of the Grammy awards will be announced Jan. 26, 2014