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DailyCandy Jams

Fresh tracks from the Grammy’s brightest nominees

It’s easy to dismiss the awards show as a Top 40 celebration. But these hit makers have plenty of tricks up their sleeves. Get amped for Sunday’s festivities with new gems from artists such as Jack White, The National, and Mr. and Mrs. Carter.   

Nom: “Part II (On the Run),” by Jay Z feat. Beyoncé, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Download:Drunk in Love,” by Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
(See what we did there? Queen B plays second string to no one.)

Nom: Settle, by Disclosure, for Best Dance/Electronica Album
Download: “You & Me,” by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
(The UK brothers team up with a songbird who treated us to an in-office performance.)

Nom: Modern Vampires of the City, by Vampire Weekend, for Best Alternative Music Album
Download: “Unbelievers,” by Vampire Weekend
(We’re believers in this tightly crafted, rockin’ third record.) 

Nom: “Royals,” by Lorde, for Record of the Year
Watch: Buzzcut Season - Live in Concert 2013,” by Lorde
(The girl has talent and stage presence to spare.)

Nom: “Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, and “Get Lucky,” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, each for Record of the Year
Download:Happy,” by Pharrell Williams
(The common denominator’s solo contribution to Despicable Me 2 also earned him an Oscar nod last week. Impressive.)

Nom: Random Access Memories, by Daft Punk, for Album of the Year
Download: Instant Crush,” by Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas
(We developed an instant crush on The Strokes frontman’s synthy assist.)

Nom: “Stay,” by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Download: Kids,” by Mikky Ekko
(Ekko has notable pop and indie collaborations under his belt, but he’s got star power all his own.)

Nom: Lonerism, by Tame Impala, for Best Alternative Music Album
Download: Elephant,” by Tame Impala (pictured)
(Kudos for taking note of the Aussie band’s psychedelic, self-produced release.)

Nom: “Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons, for Best Rock Performance and Record of the Year
Download: Who We Are,” by Imagine Dragons
(The song was penned for Catching Fire, another pop culture obsession of ours.)

Nom: James Blake for Best New Artist
Download: “Retrograde,” by James Blake
(The smooth operator is hardly new to us, but we’re rooting for his win nonetheless.)

Nom: “I’m Shakin’,” by Jack White, for Best Rock Performance
Download: Rough Detective,” by The Dead Weather
(The busy rocker is back to work with his other other band.)

Nom: Trouble Will Find Me, by The National, for Best Alternative Music Album
Download:I Need My Girl,” by The National
(As romantic as troubled hipsters get.)

Nom: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, by Neko Case, for Best Alternative Music Album
Download:Ragtime,” by Neko Case
(We can’t get enough of the quirky indie darling’s musings — tweets included.) 

Nom: “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” and The Next Day, by David Bowie, for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Album
Download: Love Is Lost - Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA,” by David Bowie
(The icon gets a hand-clapping remix, plus this titillating video.)

Get the full list of nominees at grammy.com. Stream the playlist on Spotify.

Photo: Matt Saville / Courtesy of Modular People