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Veteran rapper Jay Z led all artists, with nine Grammy nominations on Friday, but newbies Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis surpassed other heavyweights like Justin Timberlake for rankings in the top categories of the annual music awards, Yahoo News reports.

In second place with seven nods apiece were Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Drake earned five nominations.


Jay Z received nominations in nine categories across pop and rap, including best pop duo performance for "Suit & Tie" with Timberlake, and best rap album for his July release, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

But the Brooklyn, N.Y., rapper failed to garner nods in the top Grammy categories for record, song and album of the year, earning only one as a producer on Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City record, which was nominated in the album of the year category.

For album of the year, Lamar's album is up against Sara Barielles' The Blessed Unrest, French electro-dance duo Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Taylor Swift's Red and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' The Heist.

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