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BLACK KEYS, FUN., JAY-Z, KANYE WEST LEAD PACK OF GRAMMY NOMINEES

12/6/2012

Six acts lead the list of Grammy nominees with six nominations apiece -- Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West.


The nominees in five categories were announced during last night's (Wednesday, December 5th) Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!, which aired live from Nashville and was co-hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J.

Those categories were:

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials
fun. - Some Nights
Maroon 5 - Overexposed
Pink - The Truth About Love

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. Jenelle Monae - "We Are Young"
Gotye feat. Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Frank Ocean - "Thinking about You"
Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

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

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"

The evening included performances by Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry, who paid homage to Johnny Cash; Maroon 5, who gave two separate performances; The Who; Luke Bryan; Fun. featuring Janelle Monae; and Ne-Yo.

Here are more of the nominees at the upcoming 55th annual Grammy Awards:

Song of the year (goes to writer)
The A Team (performed by Ed Sheeran)
Adorn (performed by Miguel)
Call Me Maybe (performed by Carly Rae Jepsen)
Stronger (performed by Kelly Clarkson)
We Are Young (performed by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

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

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 and Wiz Khalifa

Dance recording
Let's Go, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah
Don't You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
I Can't Live Without You, Al Walser

Dance/electronica album
Wonderland, Steve Aoki
Don't Think, The Chemical Brothers
> Album Title Goes Here <, Deadmau5
Fire & Ice, Kaskade
Bangarang, Skrillex

Traditional pop vocal album
Christmas, Michael Bublé
A Holiday Carole, Carole King
Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

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

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

Rock song (goes to writer)
Freedom at 21 (performed by Jack White)
I Will Wait (performed by Mumford & Sons)
Lonely Boy (performed by the Black Keys)
Madness (performed by Muse)
We Take Care of Our Own (performed by Bruce Springsteen)

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

Alternative album
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser ..., Fiona Apple
Biophilia, Björk
Making Mirrors, Gotye
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83
Bad As Me, Tom Waits

R&B song (goes to writer)
Adorn (performed by Miguel)
Beautiful Surprise (performed by Tamia)
Heart Attack (performed by Trey Songz)
Pray for Me (performed by Anthony Hamilton)
Refill (performed by Elle Varner)

Traditional R&B performance
Lately, Anita Baker
Love on Top, Beyonce
Wrong Side of a Love Song, Melanie Fiona
Real Good Hands, Gregory Porter
If Only You Knew, SWV

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

R&B song (goes to writer)
Adorn (performed by Miguel)
Beautiful Surprise (performed by Tamia)
Heart Attack (performed by Trey Songz)
Pray for Me (performed by Anthony Hamilton)
Refill (performed by Elle Varner)

R&B album
Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
Back to Love, Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back, R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise, Tamia
Open Invitation, Tyrese

Urban contemporary album
Fortune, Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel
Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Rap performance
HYFR, Drake featuring Lil' Wayne
N----- In Paris, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Daughters, Nas
Mercy, Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz
I Do, Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z and André 3000

Rap/sung collaboration
Wild Ones, Flo Rida featuring Sia
No Church in the Wild, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream
Tonight (Best You Ever Had), John Legend featuring Ludacris
Cherry Wine, Nas featuring Amy Winehouse
Talk That Talk, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Rap song (goes to writer)
Daughters (performed by Nas)
Lotus Flower Bomb (performed by Wale featuring Miguel)
Mercy (performed by Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
The Motto (performed by Drake featuring Lil' Wayne)
N----- In Paris (performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Young, Wild & Free (performed by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)

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 duo/group performance
Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Eli Young Band
Pontoon, Little Big Town
Safe & Sound, Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
On the Outskirts of Town, The Time Jumpers
I Just Come Here for the Music, Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss

Country song (goes to writer)
Blown Away (performed Carrie Underwood)
Cost Of Livin' (performed by Ronnie Dunn)
Even If It Breaks Your Heart (performed by Eli Young Band)
So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore (performed by Alan Jackson)
Springsteen (performed by Eric Church)

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

The winners will be announced on February 10th when the Grammy Awards airs live from Los Angeles on CBS.

For the complete list of all 81 Grammy categories, visit grammy.com.

TV SOUND

Little Big Town announces the nominees for Best New Artist" "For best new artist, the nominees are... Alabama Shakes. Fun. Hunter Hayes. The Lumineers. And Frank Ocean. Congratulations to all the nominees. We'll see you at the Grammys."

LL Cool J sings his favorite country song: "(LL Cool J) You know what, I'll sing you my favorite song if you want me to. I can get my sing on. (Taylor) So, you have a favorite country song? (LL Cool J) I have a favorite country song. Absolutely. But you have to do the human beatbox, you have to give me a beat for me to... (Taylor) I have to beat box? (LL Cool J) You have to do the beat box. (Taylor) This is going to be terrible, I'm only doing this for you. (LL Cool J) I can't sing so we're even. (Taylor) Nashville. (LL Cool J) Someday I'll be big enough so you can hear me, in all you're ever gonna be is mean, why you gotta be so mean..."

Sheryl Crow and Chris Young announce the nominees for Record of the Year: "(Sheryl) Let's see who's up for record of the year in February. Here we go. All right, check it out. Lonely Boy by the Black Keys. Stronger. What Doesn't Kill You by Kelly Clarkson. Fun featuring Janelle Monae for We Are Young. Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra. Think About You Frank Ocean. You can do this one with me, right? We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together again, Taylor Swift. (Chris) See you all at the Grammys."

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J announce the nominees for Album of the Year: "(Taylor) These are the nominees for this year's album of the year. (LL Cool J) Here we go. (Taylor) El Camino by the Black Keys. Some Nights by Fun. Babble by Mumford and Sons. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean. (LL Cool J) Ocean. (Taylor) And Blunderbuss by Jack White."

BACKSTAGE SOUND

Hunter Hayes scored his first Grammy nods in three categories, including overall Best New Artist: "Yeah, honestly, I'm still kind of speechless. I'm struggling with words because it's like there are people in this category that I've bought the records (and) I'm a fan of, you know? As a new artist you just hope people like what you do and I made this record, I spent years writing this record . . . a bunch of songs that didn't really make a whole lot of sense, some that did. I spend an entire year in the processes of making the record, seven months directly in the studio with the red light on. All I want to do is make music, and to be recognized as a new artist that's maybe doing something right . . . that kind of recognition, it means the world and it kind of changes your perspective and it says, 'Wow, you can dream that big,' you know? It kind of opens the doors a little bit."

Dierks Bentley earned his career 12th Grammy nod for Best Country Solo Performance for "Home." He tells us the nominations never get old: "No, it's great. I haven't won a Grammy yet. I've been nominated 12 times. No, it doesn't wear off. It's just always nice to be invited to the party, and the Grammys is one of the coolest parties of the year. For a song that you're really proud of it never wears off and it's always cool. (I'm) always grateful. It is great to be nominated. It's a good category and I've got a lot of respect for everyone in that category for sure."

Fun. earned six nominations, including Album of the Year for Some Nights. Jack Antonoff says the group has tried not to buy into the hype about them but they definitely take pride in their Grammy nods. "People have said a lot of stuff to us this year about a lot of crazy things. Some of them have happened (and) some of them haven't and we've just put all the stock into the show. That's the only thing we've ever been able to count on as a band was getting up there and playing for people and having control over what we do, so these things we have no control over we try not to think about them and then if they do happen, like tonight, it feels that much better because we didn't plan in any way, and as for winning anything, it's such a stock answer but it's really true -- it's been an incredible year in music. It feels like alternative music is back looking at the Album of the Year especially, those nominations, we couldn't be more proud to be in there. We couldn't be more proud to be in all of them but there's a change that's coming in music and this feels like a big year for that so we're just excited to be a part of it."

Taylor Swift tried her hand at beatboxing in the show's opening segment, and her ability got high marks from Ne-Yo. "You know what, I think should Taylor decide that she wants to do some hip hop at some point in her career she might be able to pull it off. Beatboxing is not an easy thing to do, okay. Don't let it fool you. She pulled that off. It sounded authentic. It sounded like she knew what she was doing, so Taylor, if you ever want to get your hip hop on holler at your boy. Let's do it."

CHECK IT OUT: http://www.grammy.com/nominees

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE Little Big Town announces the nominees for Best New Artist
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE LL Cool J sings his favorite country song
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE Sheryl Crow and Chris Young announce the nominees for Record of the Year
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE Taylor Swift and LL Cool J announce the nominees for Album of the Year
Hunter Hayes On Being Grammy New Artist Nominee
Fun.'s Jack Antonoff On Grammy Nods Reaction
Ne-Yo On Taylor Swift's Beatboxing Ability
Dierks Bentley On Grammy Nod

Read more at Spinner and Rolling Stone

Read more on theHard Rock/ Metal nominations at BlabbermouthLoudwireClassic Rock and Noisecreep

Read more about Rock nominations at Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock

Check out reactions at Rolling Stone

Check out the five biggest surprises at Rolling Stone

Check out Anthrax's drummers comments at Blabbermouth, Loudwire, Classic Rock and Noisecreep


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