Grammy Nominations Announced Last Night

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By Craig Thornton

Nominations for THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® were announced tonight by The Recording Academy® and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fifth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards® were announced on primetime television as part of THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®, a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
 
Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), FUN., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West top the nominations with six each; The Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel each garnered five nods; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards.
           
"The GRAMMY Awards® process once again has produced a diverse and impressive list of nominations across multiple genres," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's nominees truly represent an exceptional and vibrant creative community that exemplifies some of the highest levels of artistry and excellence in their respective fields. Combined with the fifth year of our primetime nominations special, we're off to an exciting start on the road to Music's Biggest Night, THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®, on February 10."
 
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
 

 

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.
 

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