55th Annual Grammy Nominations Announced

This year’s Grammy nominations reflect the state of the music industry this year — lots of big single hits — few big hit albums. Unlike last year, when Adele’s “21” was the big album of the year and she got a lot of nods, this year, the wealth was spread among 6 acts, who ended up with 6 nominations each.

The half-dozen artists with the half dozen nods are .fun, Frank Ocean, Dan Aurebach of The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, as well as rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z. Song of the year nominees were Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team,” Miguel’s “Adorn,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and fun.’s “We Are Young.” Miguel, The Black Keys and Chick Corea all have five nominations. Nas is among three artists with our nods. And 16 artists have three nods — among them Gotye, Drake, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and Jack White.

Winners will be announced on February 10 at a live ceremony set for the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Following is a sampling of nominations in 81 categories from the GRAMMY Awards® ’30 Fields:

GENERAL FIELD

Album Of The Year:

El Camino — The Black Keys

Some Nights — FUN.

Babel — Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss — Jack White

Record Of The Year:

“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson

“We Are Young” — FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra

“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:

Alabama Shakes

FUN.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Song Of The Year:

“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe)

POP FIELD

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Set Fire To The Rain (Live)” — Adele

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson

“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen

“Wide Awake” — Katy Perry

“Where Have You Been” — Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Shake It Out” — Florence & The Machine

“We Are Young” — FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra

“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO

“Payphone” — Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

DANCE FIELD

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

Wonderland — Steve Aoki

Don’t Think — The Chemical Brothers

> Album Title Goes Here < — Deadmau5

Fire & Ice — Kaskade

Bangarang — Skrillex

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance:

“Hold On” — Alabama Shakes

“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys

“Charlie Brown” — Coldplay

“I Will Wait” — Mumford & Sons

“We Take Care Of Our Own” — Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:

“I’m Alive” — Anthrax

“Love Bites (So Do I)” — Halestorm

“Blood Brothers” — Iron Maiden

“Ghost Walking” — Lamb Of God

“No Reflection” — Marilyn Manson

“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)” — Megadeth

Best Rock Album:

El Camino — The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto — Coldplay

The 2nd Law — Muse

Wrecking Ball — Bruce Springsteen

Blunderbuss — Jack White

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album:

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do — Fiona Apple

Biophilia — Björk

Making Mirrors — Gotye

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming — M83

Bad As Me — Tom Waits

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance:

“Thank You” — Estelle

“Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)” — Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi

“I Want You” — Luke James

“Adorn” — Miguel

“Climax” — Usher

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Fortune — Chris Brown

Kaleidoscope Dream — Miguel

Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album:

Black Radio — Robert Glasper Experiment

Back To Love — Anthony Hamilton

Write Me Back — R. Kelly

Beautiful Surprise — Tamia

Open Invitation — Tyrese

RAP FIELD

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Wild Ones” — Flo Rida Featuring Sia

“No Church In The Wild” — Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” — John Legend Featuring Ludacris

“Cherry Wine” — Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse

“Talk That Talk” — Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance:

“HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)” — Drake Featuring Lil Wayne

“N****s In Paris” — Jay-Z & Kanye West

“Daughters” — Nas

“Mercy” — Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz

“I Do” — Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000

Best Rap Album:

Take Care — Drake

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 — Lupe Fiasco

Life Is Good — Nas

Undun — The Roots

God Forgives, I Don’t — Rick Ross

Based On A T.R.U. Story — 2 Chainz

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance:

“Home” — Dierks Bentley

“Springsteen” — Eric Church

“Cost Of Livin'” — Ronnie Dunn

“Wanted” — Hunter Hayes

“Over” — Blake Shelton

“Blown Away” — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Album:

Uncaged — Zac Brown Band

Hunter Hayes — Hunter Hayes

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran — Jamey Johnson

Four The Record — Miranda Lambert

The Time Jumpers — The Time Jumpers

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD

Best Americana Album:

The Carpenter — The Avett Brothers

From The Ground Up — John Fullbright

The Lumineers — The Lumineers

Babel — Mumford & Sons

Slipstream — Bonnie Raitt

Best Blues Album:

33 1/3 — Shemekia Copeland

Locked Down — Dr. John

Let It Burn — Ruthie Foster

And Still I Rise — Heritage Blues Orchestra

Bring It On Home — Joan Osborne

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album:

American Grown (Michelle Obama) — Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers (Various Artists)

Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy — Bill Clinton

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power — Rachel Maddow

Seriously…I’m Kidding — Ellen DeGeneres

Society’s Child: My Autobiography — Janis Ian

COMEDY FIELD

Best Comedy Album:

Blow Your Pants Off — Jimmy Fallon

Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) — Margaret Cho

In God We Rust — Lewis Black

Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class — Kathy Griffin

Mr. Universe — Jim Gaffigan

Rize Of The Fenix — Tenacious D

This year’s Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Dan Auerbach, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs and Salaam Remi.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards® process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period, Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Wednesday, Jan. 16, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th GRAMMY broadcast.

THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz is director.  (CBS, AP)

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