The nominees in several of the top categories for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday night in a CBS special. The Grammys ceremony will be held January 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as well as Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, each have seven nominations. Rapper Drake has five.
Here are the nominees announced during the telecast:
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 and Ryan Lewis
Red, Taylor Swift
Following the sad news of the passing of Nelson Mandela, this weekend the world of rugby will unite in paying tribute to the former South African President in the stadium that bears his name.
South Africa and 15 other international teams are set to compete in the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens, round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 7-8 December.
A moment's silence will be observed before South Africa's first match in the tournament, against Canada at 13:12 local SA time.
Later in the day, at 17:02 local time, all 16 teams will join together on the pitch, wearing black armbands, for the playing of the South African national anthem, followed by a minute's silence.
Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her Born this Way Ball earlier this year due to hip surgery, and now she's raring to get back on the road. The singer has just announced the dates for her new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, which kicks off May 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Many of the cities Gaga plans to visit are those she didn't get to play as a result of the previous tour cancellation, while others have never hosted a concert by her before. Tickets go on sale December 9, but members of Gaga's social media network, LittleMonsters.com, will have early access.
Gaga will warm up for the tour by doing seven sold-out shows at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom from March 28 through April 7. They will be the last shows at that venue before it closes its doors forever, and those concerts have set the record for the most consecutive shows by any artist at Roseland.