The year 2013 has been a big one for Virginia Beach's Pharrell Williams and it's looking like the good news will spill over into 2014. The producer and songwriter has been nominated for a long list of major Grammy awards, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Nominations were announced Friday night during a special broadcast on CBS. The Grammys' governing body, The Recording Academy, says Williams is among the atists receiving the most nods. Jay-Z led that list with nine nominations, but Williams was nipping at his heels with seven, according to The Recording Academy. Other artists with seven nominations include Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Williams' Record of the Year nomination came courtesy of the Robin Thicke megahit "Blurred Lines," which was produced by Williams. He contributed to two Album of the Year contenders: "Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk and "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City," by Kendrick Lamar.
Credits mentioned in his Producer of the Year nomination include Pharrell's own song "Happy," as well as recordings by Jennifer Hudson, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z with Frank Ocean and Mayer Hawthorne.
Head over to the Grammys website to see the full list of nominees in 82 categories.
Another Hampton Roads standout, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, also has his fingerprints on Grammy-nominated tracks and albums. The Justin Timberlake song "Pusher Love Girl," co-written by Mosley, is up for Best R&B Song. In the Best Rap Song category, the Jay-Z song "Holy Grail" is nominated. Mosley is listed as a co-writer of that track, too.
Likewise, Portsmouth product Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott is in the running for a Grammy. The Fantasia song "Without Me" was co-written by Elliott. It's up for Best R&B Song.
Looking beyond Hampton Roads to the rest of Virginia, Carroll County bluegrass singer James King will compete in the Best Bluegrass Album category for his Rounder Records disc "Three Chords and the Truth."
Here's a news release about the nominations. The awards will be handed out Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.
JAY Z LEADS NOMINATIONS WITH NINE; KENDRICK LAMAR, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS EACH EARN SEVEN; DRAKE AND BOB LUDWIG EACH GARNER FIVE
SARA BAREILLES, DAFT PUNK, KENDRICK LAMAR, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, AND TAYLOR SWIFT VIE FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMYAWARDS® JAN. 26, 2014, LIVE ON CBS
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 06, 2013) — Nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® were announced tonight by The Recording Academy® and reflected one of the most diverse years with the Album Of The Year category alone representing the rap, pop, country and dance/electronica genres, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. Once again, nominations in select categories for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®," a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. 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). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. For a complete nominations list, please visit www.grammy.com.
Jay Z tops the nominations with nine; Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams each garner seven nods; 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 Nighttakes the stage."
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