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The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin among rockers up for Grammys

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By Phyllis Pollack

Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 7, 2013 by The Recording Academy, as determined by the voting members of The Academy.

This year reflected one of the most diverse years in the Album Of The Year category, including rap, pop, country and dance/electronica genres.

It also brought iconic classic rock artists into the running this year.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on "Grammy Sunday," Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

The Rolling Stones are nominated for "Doom and Gloom," up against contenders including "Cut Me Some Slack," featuring Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear. The track is from Grohl's critically acclaimed documentary Sound City: Real to Reel, about the legendary Sound City Studios in the San Fernando Valley, a suburban area of Los Angeles.

No stranger to the Grammys, Grohl performed with McCartney at the 51st Grammy Awards, playing drums on "I Saw Her Standing There."

Grohl also paid tribute to McCartney at the annual Grammy Week 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala event, honoring McCartney, and played with McCartney in the finale at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in 2013.

This year Carole King will be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.

Grohl's Foo Fighters also won Best Rock Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. McCartney is a multi-Grammy winner, as well.

The Rolling Stones received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 27 years ago, in 1986. Ironically, the band was only two years past the middle of their present career. This year the band embarked on the 50th and Counting Tour, celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Mick Jagger performed to a spellbound audience at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, in a tribute to the late Solomon Burke.

The competition between the Stones and Grohl and company also includes category nominees Black Sabbath and Panic Station.

In 1994, Osbourne was awarded a Grammy Award for the track "I Don't Want to Change the World" from Live & Loud for Best Metal Performance of 1994.

David Bowie, with his album The Next Day, produced by Tony Visconti, is up for three awards, Best Rock Performance for "The Stars are Out Tonight," and for Best Rock Album and Best Recording Package.

The album is Bowie's 24th, and the album marks his first new songs in a decade.

Bowie's competition in the Best Rock Performance category includes Led Zeppelin, for the live version of "Kashmir." In 2005, Zeppelin received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and four of their recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Zeppelin is also nominated for Best Rock Album for their Celebration Day album, recorded at their 2007 O2 Arena reunion gig in London. The album is named for a track on their fourth album, unofficially known as their ZOSO release. The show was dedicated to the memory of late Atlantic Records prexy Ahmet Ertegun.

In an ironic twist, Zeppelin did not play the song for which the album was named at the concert.

Jay Z scored the most Grammy nominations with nine, including Best Rap Album.

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams each received seven nods from voters, Drake and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig are up for five awards.

"This year's nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.

"Once again, The Academy's awards process and its voting membership have produced an impressive list of nominations across various genres promising music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique 'Grammy Moments.' We are off to a great start and look forward to Grammy Sunday as Music's Biggest Night takes the stage."

This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Rob Cavallo, Dr. Luke, Ariel Rechtshaid, Jeff Tweedy, and Pharrell Williams.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.

Best Rock Performance:
"Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin
"My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age
"I'm Shakin'" — Jack White

Best Rock Song:

Ain't Messin 'Round
Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publisher: Hotwire Unlimited LLC

Cut Me Some Slack
Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Track from: Sound City - Real To Reel
Label: RCA Records / Roswell Records; Publishers: MPL Communications, Inc./M.J.-Twelve Music/Murky Slough Music/Kobalt Music/Ruthensmear Music/Bug Music

Doom And Gloom
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The Rolling Stones)
Label: Universal Music Enterprises; Publisher: Promopub B.V.

God Is Dead?
Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)
Track from: 13
Label: Vertigo/Republic; Publishers: Aston Music/Blizzard Music Limited/Valallen Music

Panic Station
Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publisher: Warner Chappell

Taylor Swift is up for three awards, including Album of the Year, duking it out against Sara Barielles, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

The following is a listing of nominations in 82 categories from the Grammy Awards' 30 Fields:

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

Record Of The Year:
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Royals" — Lorde
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year:
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Roar" — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring
Mary Lambert)

Best New Artist:
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey 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 Duo/Group Performance:
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
"Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

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" (Live) — 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 Alternative Music Album:
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me — The National
Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism — Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend

Best R&B Performance:
"Love And War" — Tamar Braxton
"Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton
"Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
"How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
"Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Love And War — Tamar Braxton
Side Effects Of You — Fantasia
One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi
Unapologetic — Rihanna
New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds

Best R&B Album:
R&B Divas — Faith Evans
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
Love In The Future — John Legend
Better — Chrisette Michele
Three Kings — TGT

Best Rap Performance:
"Started From The Bottom" — Drake
"Berzerk" — Eminem
"Tom Ford" — Jay Z
"Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar
"Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
"Part II (On The Run)" — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
"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 Album:
Nothing Was The Same — Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Country Solo Performance:
"I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice
"I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes
"Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert
"Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker
"Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton

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 Jazz Instrumental Album:
Guided Tour — The New Gary Burton Quartet
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington
Life Forum — Gerald Clayton
Pushing The World Away — Kenny Garrett
Out Here — Christian McBride Trio

Best Gospel Album:
Grace (Live) — Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 — Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet — Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser (Live) — William Murphy
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

Best Tropical Latin Album:
3.0 — Marc Anthony
Como Te Voy A Olvidar — Los Angeles Azules
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants — Various Artists
Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives

Best Americana Album:
Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Buddy And Jim — Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
One True Vine — Mavis Staples
Songbook — Allen Toussaint

Best Country Solo Performance:

Mine Would Be You
Blake Shelton, Track from: Based On A True Story
Label: Warner Bros. Records

I Drive Your Truck
Lee Brice, Track from: Hard 2 Love
Track from: Hard 2 Love
Label: Curb Records

I Want Crazy
Hunter Hayes, Track from: Hunter Hayes (Encore)
Label: Atlantic
Mama's Broken Heart
Miranda Lambert

Track from: Wagon Wheel, Label: RCA Records Label Nashville
Wagon Wheel
Darius Rucker

Track from: True Believers
Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Mine Would Be You
Blake Shelton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
From This Valley
The Civil Wars

Track from: The Civil Wars
Label: Sensibility Recordings / Columbia Records
Don't Rush
Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill

Track from: Greatest Hits: Chapter One
Label: RCA Records / 19 Recordings Limited
Your Side Of The Bed
Little Big Town

Track from: Tornado
Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Highway Don't Care
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

Label: Big Machine Records
You Can't Make Old Friends
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton

Label: Warner Music Nashville

Best Country Song

Begin Again
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
Label: Big Machine Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Taylor Swift Music

I Drive Your Truck
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
Track from: Hard 2 LoveLabel: Curb Records; Publishers: Vistaville Music/Happy Tears Music/EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Watch This Girl Publishing/Great Day At This Music/Beattyville Music

Mama's Broken Heart
Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Label: RCA Records Label Nashville; Publishers: Tunes Of Bigger Picture/Vista Loma Music/Crazy Water Music/Little Blue Egg/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp/351 Music

Mine Would Be You
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
Track from: Based On A True Story
Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publishers: WB Music Corp/Doc And Maggie Music/Get A Load Of This Music/Vistaville Music/Happy Tears Music

Merry Go 'Round
Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Track from: Same Trailer Different Park
Label: Mercury Records

Best Country Album:

Night Train, Jason Aldean, Label: Broken Bow Records

Two Lanes Of Freedom, Tim McGraw, Label: Big Machine Records

Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves, Label: Mercury Records

Based On A True Story, Blake Shelton, Label: Warner Bros. Records

Red, Taylor Swift, Label: Big Machine Records

Phyllis Pollack, the author of this article is a voting member of the Recording Academy, which sponsors the Grammys.

Follow Phyllis on Twitter.


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