15 Baby Names Inspired by the 2014 Grammy Nominees
Everyone's already talking about "Music's Biggest Night" thanks to this year's nominees! Aside from all of the snubs and surprises, the nominations feature an exciting crop of potential baby names for your musical little one. From the classic Ben and Sara to the contemporary Lucky and Lorde, here are 15 baby names inspired by the 2014 Grammy nominees.
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You don’t have to be from the Heart of Dixie to like this Southern name. Yellowhammer State natives Alabama Shakes burst onto the music scene with rock hits “Hold On” and “Always Alright,” earning them three Grammy nominations this year. Place names are very trendy at the moment, so if you have a special connection to the state—or you played a lot of Alabama Shakes while baby was in the womb—this is a fun, homey choice.
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Audiences know him as Macklemore, but his mother knows him as Ben. The breakout hit “Thrift Shop” made Macklemore a household name, but his real name is quite popular, too. It’s a cute, and short, and a modern alternative to the biblical Benjamin. Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are nominated for five Grammy’s in 2013.
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After almost completely falling out of fashion, the name Bruno is back with a vengeance. Versatile performer Bruno Mars surely had something to do with it, thanks to his four Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. It’s a cute name with a lot of punch, just like the singer!
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Despite having an already-popular first name, Aubrey Graham chooses to go by his middle name: Drake. The Grammy-winning rapper is nominated for five awards this time around, bringing further attention to his fierce and strong name.
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Justin is a classic boy name, and it’s probably never going to go away. Since it first showed up on naming charts in 1880, it’s never fallen out of the Top 1,000. Despite overexposure, it’s more popular than ever, thanks to superstar Justin Bieber and Grammy veteran Justin Timberlake. The former ‘N Sync member is nominated for six awards at this year’s Grammy’s.
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It’s a three-way tie for most Grammy nominations by a female artist this year, with country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves holding her own against Taylor Swift and Lorde. The newcomer is nominated both for her own album and two songs she wrote for country veteran Miranda Lambert. Kacey is a perfect fit for this Texas-born beauty, since it has a toyboyish and homey feel.
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With a name like Kendrick, success was imminent! The name is a Scot-Irish name meaning “ruler; champion” and rapper Kendrick Lamar is definitely a champion among Grammy newcomers. Along with Best New Artist, Lamar has a total of seven Grammy nominations in 2013.
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Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey had a hell of a year, culminating in her two Grammy nominations. The “Paradise” singer actually uses a stage name (her real name is Elizabeth Grant), proving that Lana can be both contemporary and classic, much like the songstress herself.
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Have a future rock star on your hands? Naming him Leon could help him skyrocket to success by paying homage to one of rock’s hottest bands. Grammy veterans Kings of Leon are nominated again for Best Rock Album (against some very stiff competition!). The slightly more exotic León, meaning “lion,” is also a region in Spain (it’s pronounced LEE-own instead of the band’s Le-ON, by the way), so you could be jumping on the place name bandwagon.
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Everyone probably knows at least one King, Princess or, Prince, but we know of only one Lorde. The teenage singer/songwriter had one of the most popular songs of 2013—which helped to snag four Grammy nominations—and she just might inspire a new generation of little girl names.
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Inspired by Daft Punk’s catchy hit, Lucky can be a sweet tribute to the daughter you’re grateful to have or for a baby who had a hard time coming into the word. The French band is nominated for four Grammy’s this year, hoping to “Get Lucky” and add a few more to the two they’ve already won.
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Despite the controversy and the now infamous VMA performance, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was one of 2013’s biggest hits. The crooner is a Grammy rookie, but his name remains an upbeat, unisex alternative to Robert. Thicke is nominated for three Grammy’s, including Song of the Year.
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Sara is nothing new, but the spelling keeps the name feeling contemporary. Singer, songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles has been nominated for a Grammy three times with no luck, but with two more nominations with time, 2013 could be her year!
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There’s no doubt that Jay Z is the king of the 2013 Grammy’s! The music mogul has an astonishing nine nominations, including Best Rap performance and Best Rap song. But when he’s not “Hova”, he’s just Shawn. Jay Z gives the name a hip-hop element it wouldn’t usually enjoy.
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America’s musical sweetheart has already inspired many a new parent to choose Taylor for a baby girl. The “Red” singer already has seven Grammy’s to her oh-so-contemporary name, and is nominated for four more this year. Swift’s persona has helped to take Taylor from a spunky boy’s name to a fun and feminine female choice.
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