55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees [List]

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It’s almost a Sausage Fest at the Grammys!  Kanye West, fun., Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, and Jay-Z all lead the 2013 Grammy Nomination with six each, while Miguel and The Black Keys follow with 5 nominations each.

Of all the top nominees, Frank Ocean is the clear R&B standout of the year (Read my Album Review for channel Orange HERE).  Ocean is nominated for Best New Artist, Record of the Year (“Thinkin Bout You”), Album of the Year (“channel Orange”), Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap Sung Collaboration (with Kanye West and Jay-Z on “No Church in the Wild”) and Best Short Form Music Video (for “No Church in the Wild”).

Don’t fret ladies, the female artists also scored a bunch of nominations as well.  Leading the girl-power pack are Kelly Clarkson with four nods, Taylor Swift with three, and hot newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen who received two nominations.

I was particularly excited for the Best New Artist category because there were A LOT of up and coming artists this year.  To my disappointment, the likes of Mumford and Sons, Gotye, OneDirection, Ed Sheeran, and even Carly Rae Jepsen were all snubbed.  In place of them are Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers and Frank Ocean.  I know all of them except Alabama Shakes.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 10 2013 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  Here are the some of the nominees:

Album of the Year
» The Black Keys – El Camino
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Mumford & Sons – Babel
» Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
» Jack White – Blunderbuss

Record of the Year
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
» Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Best New Artist
» The Alabama Shakes
» Fun.
» Hunter Hayes
» The Lumineers
» Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
» Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Maroon 5 – Overexposed
» Pink – The Truth About Love

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
» Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
» Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
» Maroon 5 – “Payphone”

Best Dance Recording
» Avicii – “Levels”
» Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go”
» Skrillex feat. Sirah – “Bangarang”
» Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – “Don’t You Worry Child”
» Al Walser – “I Can’t Live Without You”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
» Steve Aoki – Wonderland
» The Chemical Brothers Don’t Think
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» Kaskade Fire & Ice
» Skrillex Bangarang

Best Rock Performance
» Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Coldplay – “Charlie Brown”
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
» Anthrax – “I’m Alive”
» Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
» Iron Maiden – “Blood Brothers”
» Lamb of God – “Ghost Walking”
» Marilyn Manson – “No Reflection”
» Megadeth – “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”

Best Rock Song
» Jack White – “Freedom at 21”
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Muse – “Madness”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Rock Album
» The Black Keys, El Camino
» Muse, The 2nd Law
» Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
» Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
» Jack White, Blunderbuss

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
» Bjork, Biophilia
» Gotye, Making Mirrors
» M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
» Tom Waits, Bad As Me

Best R&B Performance
» Estelle – “Thank You”
» Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi – “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
» Luke James – “I Want You”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Usher – “Climax”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
» Anita Baker – “Lately”
» Beyonce – “Love on Top”
» Melanie Fiona – “Wrong Side of a Love Song”
» Gregory Porter – “Real Good Hands”
» SWV – “If Only You Knew”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
» Chris Brown, Fortune
» Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
» Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Best R&B Album
» Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio
» Anthony Hamilton, Back To Love
» R. Kelly, Write Me Back
» Tamia, Beautiful Surprise
» Tyrese, Open Invitation

Best Rap Performance
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR (Hell Ya F—ing Right)”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris”
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Young Geezy feat. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 – “I Do”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Flo Rida feat. Sia – “Wild Ones”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream – “No Church in the Wild”
» John Legend feat. Ludacris – “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
» Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse – “Cherry Wine”
» Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – “Talk That Talk”

Best Rap Song
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Wale feat. Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
» Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “The Motto”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris”
» Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild & Free”

Best Rap Album
» Drake, Take Care
» Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
» The Roots, Undun
» Nas, Life Is Good
» Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
» 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

Best Country Song
» Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
» Ronnie Dunn -“Cost of Livin’ ”
» Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
» Alan Jackson – “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”
» Eric Church – “Springsteen”

Best Country Solo Performance
» Dierks Bentley – “Home”
» Eric Church – “Springsteen”
» Ronnie Dunn – “Cost of Livin’ ”
» Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
» Blake Shelton – “Over”
» Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

Best Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
» John Fullbright, From the Ground Up
» The Lumineers, The Lumineers
» Mumford & Sons, Babel
» Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Best Blues Album
» Shemekia Copeland, 33 1/3
» Dr. John, Locked Down
» Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn
» Heritage Blues Orchestra, And I Still Rise
» Joan Osborne, Bring It on Home

What do you guys think of all the nominees?  Sound off below.  For the Full List of all the nominations, please go to the GRAMMY Official Website.

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