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Kicking off music's biggest night with Grammy Nominations Concert Live

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The road to Music's Biggest Night began with tonight's 'The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live' on Friday Dec. 6, 2013. The one-hour live television special featured performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, and announced the nominations in several categories for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards airing live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. LL Cool J will host the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards yet again and will be joined by Katy Perry, Lorde, Taylor Swift, T.I., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Keith Urban, Robin Thicke and Earth, Wind & Fire.

If you thought you had just about heard 'Thrift Shop' by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis enough, CBS decided to kick the show off with it. Even with it's massive airplay, it wasn't enough to land in the Song of the Year category. The winner will come from the nominees 'Just Give Me A Reason' by Pink, 'Locked Out of Heaven' by Bruno Mars, 'Roar' by Katy Perry, 'Royals' by Lorde and 'Same Love' by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

While 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke has definitely had its fair share of airtime as well, the producers got creative when they incorporated members from the multi GRAMMY winning group, Earth, Wind & Fire including Verdine White, Gary Bias, Bobby Burns, and Reggie Young. In case you missed it, watch the video above and let us know your thoughts on the performance.

Los Angeles favorite, Arsenio Hall, had the honor of announcing the nominees for Best New Artist. This year, the artists competing for the GRAMMY are Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

It will be interesting to see the direction that the upcoming GRAMMY Awards will take in relation to the past couple years. From what we saw tonight, it could be very focused towards Electronic Dance Music (EDM) based on this year's nominees. Take a look below at the full list of nominations.

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees:

Record Of The Year

  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
  • Radioactive - Imagine Dragons ยป "Royals" - Lorde
  • Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell

Song Of The Year

  • Just Give Me A Reason - Pink ft. Nate Ruess
  • Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  • Roar - Katy Perry
  • Royals - Lorde
  • Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
  • Just Give Me A Reason - P!nk ft. Nate Ruess
  • Stay - Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
  • Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z

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 & Ryan Lewis
  • Red - Taylor Swift

Best Country Album

  • Night Train - Jason Aldean
  • Two Lanes of Freedom - Tim McGraw
  • Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves
  • Based On A True Story - Blake Shelton
  • Red Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kasey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Brave - Sara Bareilles
  • Royals - Lorde
  • When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars
  • Roar - Katy Perry
  • Mirrors - Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Paradise - Lana Del Rey
  • Pure Heroine - Lorde
  • Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
  • The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience - Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Recording

  • Need U (100%) - Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E & MNEK
  • Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
  • Atmosphere - Kaskade
  • This Is What It Feels Like - Armin Van Buuren ft Trevor Guthrie
  • Clarity - Zedd ft. Foxes

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
  • Settle - Disclosure
  • 18 Months - Calvin Harris
  • Atmosphere - Kaskade
  • A Color Map Of The Sun - Pretty Lights

Best Rock Performance

  • Always Alright - Alabama Shakes
  • The Stars (Are Out Tonight) - David Bowie
  • Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
  • Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
  • My God Is The Sun - Queens Of The Stone Age
  • I'm Shakin' - Jack White

Best Rock Album

  • 13 - Black Sabbath
  • The Next Day - David Bowie
  • Mechanical Bull - Kings Of Leon
  • Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin
  • ...Like Clockwork - Queens Of The Stone Age
  • Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Best Rap Performance

  • Started From The Bottom - Drake
  • Berzerk - Eminem
  • Tom Ford - Jay Z
  • Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar
  • Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • Power Trip - J. Cole Featuring Miguel
  • Part II (On The Run) - Jay Z Featuring Beyonce
  • Holy Grail - Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
  • Now Or Never - Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
  • Remember You - Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Best Rap Song

  • F***in' Problems - Long.Live.ASAP
  • Holy Grail - Magna Carta...Holy Grail
  • New Slaves - Yeezus
  • Started From The Bottom - Drake
  • Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Album

  • Was The Same - Drake
  • Magna Carta...Holy Grail - Jay Z
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Yeezus - Kanye West
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