Friday, December 5, 2014

Black Keys, Jack White, Paramore Nominated for Best Rock Song Grammys

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Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Jim Davis/The Boston Globe
Paramore's "Ain't It Fun," the Black Keys' "Fever" and Jack White's "Lazaretto" are among the singles eligible to win the trophy for Best Rock Song at next year's Grammy Awards. Beck's "Blue Moon" and Ryan Adams' "Gimme Something Good" round out the nominations in the category.

Earlier this year, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams described "Ain't It Fun" playfully as "word vomit" in an interview with Rolling Stone. "It just came out, and now everybody's singing it, it's on the radio, it's really cool," she said. "I don't know if you get that twice in your career. This is the first time we've experienced it, and I'm just really thankful."



Black Keys released "Fever" as a single this past May and accompanied it with a televangelist-themed video, directed by Theo Wenner. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Dan Auerbach said the duo's latest album, Turn Blue, was meant to be a "headphone record." He added, "It pays off to listen more than once."



Jack White named both his latest album and Grammy-nominated song after an obscure word for a house where infirmed people can be treated. This past April, he premiered the single as part of Record Store Day, recording it live and pressing it the same day so he could earn the Guinness World Record for the "world's fastest record."



Beck put out "Blue Moon," which appears on this year's Morning Phase, in January a few days before it featured on an episode of Girls. Like the rest of the songs on the record, the tune is set in the early morning hours, which Beck said he approached on purpose. "There's this feeling of tumult and uncertainty, getting through that long, dark night of the soul – whatever you want to call it," he told Rolling Stone this year with a laugh. "These songs were about coming out of that – how things do get better."



Adams debuted "Gimme Something Good" over the summer and followed it up with avideo that features Elvira. Later in the year, he embarked on his first tour with a live band since 2009 after seeking therapy for the inner-ear illness Ménière's disease. "I'm ready for the challenge," he told Rolling Stone before the tour. "I just did that last [acoustic] tour, and I'm so proud of that – like, I am so proud.... When I play music now, it's the safest place."



The organization behind the Grammys, NARAS, is announcing the nominees throughout the day today via its Twitter account. All will be announced by 2 p.m. with the exception of Album of the Year, which will be announced tonight during the TV special A Very Grammy Christmas, which airs on CBS at 9 p.m. EST. The ceremony will air on Sunday, February 8th on CBS.

Here are the rest of the nominees so far:

Record of the Year
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
HAIM
Brandy Clark

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhene Aiko, Sail Out
Beyonce, Beyonce
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is...
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I'm Livin'

Best Country Song
Kenny Chesney, "American Kids"
Miranda Lambert, "Automatic"
Eric Church, "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Glen Campbell, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"
Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's"

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend, "All Of Me"
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Best Rock Album
Beck, Morning Phase
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
U2, Songs of Innocence

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