Grammy Nominees By The Numbers

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Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

Every Grammy Awards race comes down to simple math: the entry with the most votes gets the trophy. But there's frivolity to be found in other figures. A statistical survey of this year's nominees:

Nominations held by this year's leading contender: 9 (Jay Z)

Nominations earned by an artist with no headline status: 7 (Pharrell, for production and featured roles with Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk and Robin Thicke)

Maximum trophies Pharrell can win: 4 (he's competing against himself in best album, record and pop/duo group)

Age of youngest Grammy nominee: 17 (Lorde)

Average age of singers in the rock album category: 56

Age of the song that could win Led Zeppelin its first Grammy: 40 (Kashmir, recorded in 1974, up for rock performance as a live cut from 2012's Celebration Day)

Nominations racked up by Grammyless Snoop Dogg before he morphed into Snoop Lion to garner a reggae album nod this year: 15

Years since Tony Bennett, up for his 12th traditional pop prize, won his first Grammy: 51

Number of songwriters who will receive statuettes if Kanye West's New Slaves wins best rap song: 13

Copies sold by the blockbuster everyone expected to win album of the year: 2.43 million (Justin Timberlake's overlooked The 20/20 Experience, 2013's top seller)

Copies sold by the shocker that supplanted 20/20 in the best album slot: 236,000 (Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest)

Number of first-time nominees in the 10 dance/electronic entries: 9 (A*M*E, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Foxes, Trevor Guthrie, MNEK, Pretty Lights, Armin van Buuren, Zedd)

Number of times Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines streamed in 2013: 138.8 million

Number of awards already won by Blurred Lines, up for best record, pop vocal album and pop duo/group: 0 (it lost at the MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards and People's Choice Awards)

Number of costume changes expected by Lady Gaga: 0 (she was shut out, as were Miley Cyrus, Elton John, One Direction, Florida Georgia Line and Rod Stewart)

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