West may have suffered the most from the large hauls of Lamar and Macklemore and Lewis. His "Yeezus" is already making many year-end lists, but had no hits and spawned controversy among some listeners.
Others who might consider themselves snubbed are 2013's most visible country stars Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, who were both shut out.
Academy voters preferred Swift and Musgraves. Swift's "Red" is up for country album of the year with Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park," and both are nominated in the country song of the year category, where Musgraves has two nods for co-writing her own "Merry Go 'Round" and Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart."
The major nominations were an acknowledgement of 2013's top hit-makers. "Get Lucky," ''Blurred Lines" and "Royals" took turns ruling the pop radio airwaves this year. Macklemore and Lewis had two hits — "Same Love" and "Thrift Shop" — that led to nominations.
And Lamar managing to keep his profile high with a number of hits, guest appearances and moments of bravado that helped voters forget his album came out 14 months ago. Lamar called himself the greatest rapper in the game earlier this year, calling out Drake and several others in verse, and voters mostly backed him up.
AP writer Jessica Herndon in Los Angeles contributed to this report.