Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the early focus of “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!” with seven nominations and one spirited performance.
Article continues belowThe Seattle rap duo kicked off the televised special to announce nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Friday night with their hit “Thrift Shop,” then received nominations for Song of the Year for their gay marriage anthem “Same Love,” and for top honor Album of the Year.
Also nominated for album of the year are Sara Bareilles’ “The Blessed Unrest,” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” and “Red” by Taylor Swift, who performed live from Australia on the show.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were also nominated in the categories Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Music Video.
A complete list of Grammy nominations is here.
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Following is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing “Same Love” with Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson at the MTV Video Music Awards in August; the song won best video with a social message:
Late last month, the duo joined the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.