Post submitted by Matt Aycock, HRC Development Assistant

Nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced this weekend, and LGBT Allies and HRC supporters were well represented in the crowd.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ended their breakout year with seven nominations including Album of the Year (The Heist) and Best New Artist. Their marriage equality anthem “Same Love” is nominated for Song of the Year. The Seattle hip-hop duo recorded the song in support of Washington United for Marriage, the successful campaign to bring same-sex marriage to Washington State. The song has sold over two million copies in the United States and garnered 95 million YouTube views worldwide.

Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, herself a lesbian, received two nominations for her collaboration on “Same Love.” She recently performed an acoustic rendition of their hit single at HRC’s 29th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Gala this October.

Competing against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for Song of the Year are Pink and Nate Ruess of the band fun. (“Just Give Me a Reason”). Pink received the Ally for Equality Award at HRC’s 14th Annual National Dinner in 2010, while Ruess and his bandmates toured college campuses last fall to raise awareness of LGBT rights.

Sara Bareilles, musical guest at HRC’s 17th Annual National Dinner this year, received two nominations including Album of the Year (The Blessed Unrest), and her coming out anthem “Brave” is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. Bareilles wrote the song in honor of her friend who struggled with their LGBT identity before coming out as gay.

Two members of HRC’s Equality Rocks campaign are also vying for the coveted golden gramophone trophy; Florence Welch is nominated for Best Dance Recording (“Sweet Nothing”), while Gary Clark Jr. is nominated for Best Rock Song (“Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round”) and Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Please Come Home”).

Longtime HRC supporter Cyndi Lauper also received a nomination for Best Musical Theater Album (Kinky Boots).

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on January 26th.


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