A few weeks ago backstage at the American Music Awards, Taylor Swift offered up a line about her year that truly reveals her insecurities in the pole position of pop stardom.
“Sometimes I’m so happy, I’m scared, if that makes any sense,” she said. “I know that this is probably never going to happen to me again like this.”
Yes, it has been a great 2013 for Swift, and last Friday it got even better. The Nashville native scored four 2014 Grammy nominations, including the coveted Album of the Year category for “Red.”
“Every album that I’ve put out has had its own different kind of feeling in the way that the year has gone,” the songstress said of her last album’s cycle. “This is such a unique feeling with ‘Red.’”
Swift also received nods for Best Country Album, Best Country Song, and Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Friday’s announcement also yielded good news for the singer’s “Red” tour mate Ed Sheeran. The UK singer finds himself up for New Artist of the Year. However, one act he will be competing against is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The duo nabbed seven nominations behind the critically acclaimed LP “The Heist,” including nods for Album of the Year and Song of the Year (“Same Love”).
Also with seven nominations: Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and Kendrick Lamar. While Timberlake is tied for the second highest total, the “Suit and Tie” singer was shut out of the three major categories.
Jay Z almost ended up in that same company; however, he technically earns a nomination for Album of the Year as a featured artist thanks to Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.” Jay leads the pack with nine nods. It has been an eventful December for the emcee. On the fourth, Jay turned 44. On Dec. 6, news broke that Hov’s first sports client in Roc Nation, Robinson Cano, would sign the third biggest deal in baseball history with the Seattle Mariners. Then Jay topped off the day with his nine Grammy nominations.
No list of performers has been revealed, but it looks as if the Grammys will be twerk-free. Miley Cyrus did not receive a single nomination, despite dropping both a number one album and scoring her first number one single. Some feel that Cyrus’ persona prevented “Wrecking Ball” from gaining a nod.
Also missing from the nominations list is Lady Gaga. The singer’s only release prior to the deadline was “Applause,” and it failed to receive a mention.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards air live from Los Angeles on CBS Jan. 26.
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