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Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead Grammy noms

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  • Rapper/business mogul Jay Z up for nine awards
  • Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis could get seven Grammys
Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead Grammy noms

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After dominating the music scene this year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis may get even more popular with a chance to walk away with a ton of Grammy awards next month.

The hip-hop duo were nominated for seven golden gramophones, including Song of the Year ("Same Love") and Album of the Year ("The Heist").

"Seven is unbelievable," Lewis told CNN. "We came here hoping for one."

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Macklemore has risen on the music charts not just for his sound, but for his message. Macklemore said he wrote the song, "Same Love," not with the expectation that it would cure homophobia and lead to marriage equality across the US (although that'd be awesome), but "with the hope that it would facilitate dialogue and through those conversations understanding and empathy would emerge."

Rap star/business mogul Jay Z led all artists with nine Grammy nominations, which were announced live Friday night. Here are some of the contenders in the three major races:

Album of the Year

"The Blessed Unrest", Sara Bareilles

"The Heist", Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Red", Taylor Swift

"Random Access Memories", Daft Punk

Record of the Year

"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell

"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk and Pharrell

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars

"Roar" -- Katy Perry

"Royals" -- Lorde

Song of the Year

"Just Give Me a Reason" -- Pink ft. Nate Ruess

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars

"Roar" -- Katy Perry

"Royals" -- Lorde

"Same Love" -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

Read the full list of Grammy nominees here. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will air January 26, 2014, on CBS.

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