Friday, April 18, 2014
By Mesfin Fekadu
The Associated Press
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Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore, second left, accept the award for best new artist from presenters Anna Kendrick, right and Pharrell Williams at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday.
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Like the Macklemore & Lewis, Lamar is nominated for album of the year, marking a high note for hip-hop. Outkast and Lauryn Hill are the only two rap performers to win the coveted album of the year; Hill and Arrested Development are the only rap-based stars to take home best new artist.
A rapper has never won song or record of the year.
Jay Z, keeping up the decade-long Grammy tradition of rappers leading in nominations, was the night’s front-runner with nine.
For top album, Macklemore & Lewis and Lamar’s platinum-selling debuts, “The Heist” and “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” will battle Taylor Swift’s earth-shattering sales force “Red,” Daft Punk’s electronic adventure “Random Access Memories” and the surprise nominee – “The Blessed Unrest” from the piano-playing Sara Bareilles.
Macklemore & Lewis’ “Same Love” is up for song of the year alongside No. 1 Billboard hits, including Perry’s “Roar,” Lorde’s “Royals,” ‘’Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars and Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess of fun. Lorde and Mars’ songs repeat in record of the year, and will be up against Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and two songs that feature Pharrell Williams – Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which has sold 6.6 million tracks and is the biggest song of 2013.
Paul McCartney, engineer Bob Ludwig and gospel singer Tye Tribett are double winners.
LL Cool J is hosting the 56th annual awards, airing live on CBS.
AP writers Chris Talbott, Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Mike Cidoni Lennox and Beth Harris contributed to this report.