|Grammy Nominations: 5 Artists to Watch|
|By MICHAEL HOWARD||Dec 6, 2013, 10:54 AM|
Pop music titans and fresh emerging artists are hoping to lay hold to some highly coveted Grammy nominations tonight. And your favorite pop stars are likely to be on the Grammy's list this year.
"The Grammy voters have gotten a little more in tune with what's happening on the Billboard charts, frankly," Bill Werde with Billboard Magazine tells ABC News Radio. "So, yeah, I think, if you look at these artists that have had monster years, I think you're going to see them show up at the Grammy Awards this year."
The 56th Grammy Annual Grammy Award nominations will be announced at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and air live on CBS television. The nomination special is a continued trend by the Recording Academy to make the announcement a glitzy affair, with performances by some of the biggest names in music including Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, and Lorde.
Yahoo!'s Chart Watch is helping predict who will reign in the "Big Four" categories: Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. Here are five artists who have the potential to get nominated--- and maybe even win on "music's biggest night," the Grammy Awards.
Lorde, the 17-year-old songstress, has been lighting up the charts this year with her hit "Royals."She is expected to take home some Grammy gold and is likely to see a nomination for Best New Artist and other major categories for her debut album "Pure Heroine." If she is nominated and then wins Best New Artist, she will be in the company of some of pop music's biggest royal diva's like Mariah Carey, Adele, and Alicia Keys.
Kendrick Lamar has collaborated with some of hip-hop's Grammy winning stars like Drake and Jay Z. This may finally be Lamar's turn to get some Grammy love of his own. His latest album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" has helped thrust him into the spotlight this year debuting at number two on the Billboad charts and spawning several hit singles on the rap charts. Lamar could see nominations in the Best New Artist category and most of the Rap categories. It also doesn't hurt that he was named one of GQ's 'Men of the Year.'
Beyond Miley Cyrus' twerking and other unique behavior this year was a major pop music release. The "Wrecking Ball" singer has stayed at the top of the charts this year with multi-platinum selling singles. "Sometimes if you get known for spectacle, it doesn't matter how good your songs are, it doesn't matter how good your singing voice is," Bill Werde Billboard magazine's editorial director said to ABC News Radio. "And in Miley's case, you know, she scores well on both of those, believe it or not." Cyrus, 21, may pull off another shocker and be nominated in big categories like Record and Song of the Year.
Bruno Mars has become one of pop music's biggest voices. Mars is headlining the 2014 Super Bowl half-time next year. He has some big shoes to fill after Grammy goddess Beyoncé's performance last year at the big game. Mars' hit "Locked Out of Heaven" has the potential to unlock some Grammy magic for the singer with a Record of the Year nomination. His album "Unorthodox Jukebox" could also make big noise the Best Album category. Mars has 14 Grammy nominations under his belt and has only received one trophy. Could 2014 be his year?
'President of Pop' Justin Timberlake is ready to claim his Grammy throne once again. The singer made his return to music this year in a major way with his third album "The 20/20 Experience." Timberlake, 32, has six Grammy Awards on his shelf. If nominated this year he has a great chance of adding to that total. Some categories to watch for Timberlake nominations include Best Album, Best Rap Sung collaboration with Jay Z for "Suit & Tie", and Record or Song of the Year for "Mirrors".