Six male artists or groups tied for a leading six nominations each -- perhaps most notably rising R&B singer Frank Ocean, who sent ripples through the music industry in 2012 with his announcement of his sexuality and with his critically-acclaimed multi-genre album channel ORANGE. In addition, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun., Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys' drummer, Dan Auerbach also scored six nods.
Of course, several female artists also enjoyed a stellar year, and there was plenty of love for several of music’s favorite leading ladies, including Kelly Clarkson, who scored four nominations; country superstar -- and serial dater -- Taylor Swift who received three nominations; and newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen, who earned two nods, including for Song of the Year for her catchy Call Me Maybe. Surprisingly though, neither Jepsen, nor One Direction received a nod as Best New Artist.
There are 81 categories in all. Below find the nominees in the major categories:
- Album of the Year: The Black Keys, "El Camino": fun., "Some Nights"; Mumford & Sons, "Babel"; Frank Ocean, " Channel Orange"; Jack White, "Blunderbuss."
- Best New Artist: Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers, Frank Ocean.
- Record of the Year: The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"; Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger"; fun., "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae); Gotye, "Somebody That I Used To Know"; Frank Ocean, "Thinkin Bout You"; Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
- Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, "The A Team"; Miguel, "Adorn"; Carly Rae Jepson, "Call Me Maybe"; Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill Y ou)"; fun., "We Are Young. "
The full list is at www.Grammy.com.
The Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards Wednesday night during a televised special and concert on CBS hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift. She and the rapper/actor opened the show by putting together a beat-box version of her hit song Mean. Maroon 5 played headliner, singing three songs mid-show before finishing off the live broadcast. The group stuck around for an hour-long performance afterward for the crowd in attendance at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. In the 5 years the special has aired on CBS, this marked the largest venue the show has been held in and the first time it was broadcast outside of Los Angeles.
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The 55th annual Grammy Awards will take place February 10 at the Staples Center in L.A. and will be broadcast by CBS.