Weknowthedj Recap: 2014 Grammy Nominations Concert

December 7, 2013


We’ve all flipped to the last page of our calendars and as the year comes to an end, it’s time to anticipate what the future has to offer while reminiscing on the events responsible for defining the past year. It’s our favorite time of year at Weknowthedj, The Grammys!

While we won’t know who takes home a Grammy until January 26, 2014, we did get a sneak peek and a look at the nominations! CBS was the place to be at 10pm EST on December 6th as “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” aired. When a telecast begins with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performing Thrift Shop, it’s obvious the entire broadcast is going to be completely entertaining! The duo not only started the show off on the right foot, they were also nominated for SEVEN Grammy’s! Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Kendrick Lamar also ended the night with seven Grammy nominations! Although seven is a huge number of noms, current entertainment legend Jay-Z takes home the biggest nod of the night as he now has the potential to add NINE Grammy’s to his mantle on January 26th! 

Hosted by LL Cool J, the Grammy Nomination Concert set the stage in preparation for “Music’s Biggest Night” and what better way to do that than by having some of the year’s biggest acts perform? After the Nokia Theater was turned into a Thrift Shop, viewers took a trip Down Under to Sydney, Australia to join Taylor Swift on her Red Tour. The four-time nominee gave the audience a look at a performance of “I Knew You Were Trouble.” In a year of milestones, LL Cool J reminded us of this year’s 5th anniversary of the Grammy Museum before we traveled back in time as Keith Urban and Miguel performed Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1972.

Before viewers could leave Los Angeles for Canada to watch Katy Perry perform “Roar” acoustically, a moment of silence was taken to honor and remember Nelson Mandela, world-famous peacekeeper who recently lost his life. Returning to the Nokia Theater, seventeen-year-old Lorde took the stage to perform her hit “Royals.” Spending a majority of the second half of 2012 on top of the charts, it’s no surprise that Lorde is also near the top of the list in terms of Grammy nominations! Closing the broadcast, Robin Thicke, T.I. and members of Earth, Wind, and Fire took the stage to perform multiple-nominated and controversial song “Blurred Lines.”

We’ve posted a list of Grammy nominated categories below and a full list can be found at grammy.com. In the words of Macklemore, “Dreams don’t have deadlines,” so we want to know your thoughts on the 2014 Grammy nominations; you know what to do—send us a tweet at @weknowthedj to share your opinions!

Meg C. (@megchamp07)


Song of the Year

Just Give Me a Reason – Pink and Nate Ruess

Locked out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Roar – Katy Perry

Royals – Lorde

Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert


Best Pop/Duo Group Performance

Get Lucky—Daft Punk featuring Pharrell

Just Give Me a Reason – Pink featuring Nate Ruess

Stay – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharell

Suit & Tie- Justin Timberlake and Jay Z


Album of the Year

Sara Barelles – The Blessed Unrest

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The Heist

Taylor Swift – Red


Best Country Album

Jason Aldean – Night Train

Tim McGraw – Two Lanes of Freedom

Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Blake Shelton – Based on a True Story

Taylor Swift – Red


Best New Artist

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran


Record of the Year

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

Lorde – Royals

Bruno Mars – Locked out of Heaven

Robin Thicke, TI and Pharrell – Blurred Lines


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
Bet Rap Performance

Started From The Bottom – Drake

Berzerk – Eminem

Tom Ford – Jay Z

Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar

Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz


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 and Ryan Lewis

Yeezus – Kanye West

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