Jay Z grabs 9 Grammy nominations

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Jay Z received nine Grammy nominations, the most of any artist, while "Get Lucky" performers Daft Punk and pop singer Taylor Swift will vie for album of the year.

Jay Z, born Shawn Carter, has 17 Grammy awards, the music industry's top honor. He was nominated Friday night for songwriting, solo performances, and collaborations with wife Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, during a one-hour telecast from Los Angeles.

On the local scene, Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa got a nod for best rap/sung collaboration for "Remember You," featuring The Weeknd, while the soundtrack to "Kinky Boots," starring Pittsburgh native and Tony winner Billy Porter, was nominated for best musical theater album.

Rapper LL Cool J hosted the event, which had remote performances from Katy Perry and Ms. Swift.

Jay Z, 44, was nominated for best rap album for "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail," and top rap song, for "Holy Grail." His duets with Mr. Timberlake, who received seven nominations, and Beyonce will compete for best rap/sung collaboration.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose hit "Thrift Shop" celebrates second-hand bargains, rapper Kendrick Lamar, and producer/rapper Pharrell Williams also received seven nominations each, including best new artist for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and for Lamar.

In the album of the year category, Ms. Swift's "Red" and Daft Punk, with "Random Access Memories," are joined by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles's "The Blessed Unrest," Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist."

"Blurred Lines," "Get Lucky" and "Radioactive" are among those nominated for record of the year, which recognizes a track's artists, engineers and producers. Lorde's "Royals" and Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" round out the category.

Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Ms. Perry, and Pink will compete for song of the year, an award that is given for songwriting.

The 56th Annual Grammys show will be broadcast Jan. 26.

For more details, go to grammys.com.


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