Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might win ALL the Grammys this year.
The 2014 Grammy nominations are here, and here's what you need to know: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis swept with seven nominations, many of which were in major categories (Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best New Artist), while other top nominees included Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Jay Z, and Kendrick Lamar.
Taylor Swift also pulled in two nominations for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album, and everybody's favorite New Zealand teenage wunderkind Lorde nabbed four awards for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album (though many are curious why she didn't get a Best New Artist nom). Other surprises? Arguably underrated piano-pop singer Sara Bareilles got a nom for Album Of The Year!
Now that we know who's nominated for what, we wanted the opinion of industry experts and artists, including Maura Magazine editor Maura Johnston, Fuse writer Jason Newman, and Grammy-nominated artist Morgan Kibby, aka White Sea: Who got snubbed this year? Who deserves their nominations? Did the Grammy voters play fair? Which 2014 Grammy nominees were total shockers? And which Grammy nominees re-instilled our faith in music?
"When the Grammy think pieces come out, the big story will probably be Sara Bareilles' unexpected nomination for Album Of The Year. But Kendrick Lamar's inclusion in the category is nothing short of revolutionary. It's old news that the Grammys were comically late to embrace hip-hop, but a win for good kid, m.A.A.d. city will be on some Jethro Tull-winning-the-metal-category levels of shock.
It makes sense that voters would gravitate towards the more relatable and sympathetic haven of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist. But conventional wisdom says a dense, lyrical concept album about a day in the life in Compton would be relegated to Best Rap Album (it's up for that, too)."
"What the hell is going on here? Yeezus getting snubbed for album of the year is a total travesty, though I guess I can't say I'm shocked. The only silver lining to this cloud of hopeless irrelevance is Kanye and Drake for Best Rap Song and Album (though, I'd bet anything Macklemore's taking both). OK, and Taylor Swift "Red" goes hard. I hope Kanye doesn't even show up to this."
Find out what more music experts thought of the 2014 Grammy nominations after the jump.