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Grammy Awards Nomination Announcements: Frank Ocean Has Some fun.

The Grammy Award nominations were announced tonight during a concert special on CBS hosted by LL Cool J & Taylor Swift. The Grammys really loved Frank Ocean & fun. this year. fun. received nominations in all of the Top 4 categories. While Frank Ocean received 3 out of the 4 (I’m pretty shocked he got into Record and not Song). They were two of my favorite musical acts this year so I’m glad to see them get in here. Kelly Clarkson had a strong showing and got her first two nominations in Record & Song of the Year for “Stronger”. My biggest disappointment: Drake didn’t get into the main categories. He did well in the Rap categories though. Let’s see what the Grammys nominated this year…

Record of the Year:
The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
fun. featuring Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

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

Song of the Year:
“The A Team” – Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn” – Miguel Pimentel (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe” – Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Jorgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young” – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess (fun. featuring Janelle Monae)

Best New Arist:
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean


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

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 + the Machine – “Shake It Out”
fun. featuring Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa – “Payphone”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Christmas – Michael Buble
A Holiday Carole – Carole King
Kisses on the Bottom – Paul McCartney


Best Dance/Electronica Album:
>Album Title Goes Here< – Deadmau5
Bangarang – Skrillex
Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
Fire & Ice – Kaskade
Wonderland – Steve Aoki

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


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

Best Alternative Music Album:
Bad as Me – Tom Waits
Biophilia – Bjork
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. – M83
The Idler Wheel… – Fiona Apple
Making Mirrors – Gotye

Best Rock Song:
“Freedom at 21” – Jack White (Jack White)
“I Will Wait” – Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons)
“Lonely Boy” – Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
“Madness” – Matthew Bellamy (Muse)
“We Take Care of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen)

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

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Fortune – Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel

Best R&B Song:
“Adorn” – Miguel Pimentel (Miguel)
“Beautiful Surprise” – Tamia Hill, Claude Kelly & Salaam Remi (Tamia)
“Heart Attack” – Benjamin Levin, Rico Love & Tremaine Neverson (Trey Songz)
“Pray for Me” – Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonfs, Anthony Hamilton & Patrick ‘jQue’ Smith (Anthony Hamilton)
“Refill” – Darhyl Camper, Elle Warner & Andrew Wansel (Elle Varner)

Best R&B Performance:
Estelle – “Thank You”
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring 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 Rap Album:
Based on a T.R.U. Story – 2 Chainz
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1 – Lupe Fiasco
God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross
Life Is Good – Nas
Take Care – Drake
Undun – The Roots

Best Rap Song:
“Daughters” – Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson (Nas)
“Lotus Flower Bomb” – Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Pimentel (Wale featuring Miguel)
“Mercy” – Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West (Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
“The Motto” – Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams (Drake featuring Lil Wayne)
“Niggas in Paris” – Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
“Young, Wild & Free” – Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Cameron Thomaz (Snoop Doog & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)

Best Rap Performance:
Drake featuring Lil Wayne – “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)”
Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas in Paris”
Nas – “Daughters”
Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Young Jeezy featuring Andre 3000 & Jay-Z – “I Do”

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


Best Country Album:
Four the Record – Miranda Lambert
Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes
Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson
The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band

Best Country Song:
“Blown Away” – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood)
“Cost of Livin'” – Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn (Ronnie Dunn)
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge & Eric Paslay (Eli Young Band)
“So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” – Jay Knowles & Adam Wright (Alan Jackson)
“Springsteen” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell (Eric Church)

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 Country Duo/Group Performance:
Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars – “Safe & Sound”
The Time Jumpers – “On the Outskirts of Town”
Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss – “I Just Come Here for Music”
Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”


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


Best Spoken Word Album:
American Grown – Various Artists (Michelle Obama)
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

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


Best Musical Theater Album:
Follies – New Broadway Cast
Newsies – Original Broadway Cast
Nice Work If You Can Get It – Original Broadway Cast
Once: A New Musical – Original Broadway Cast
Porgy and Bess – New Broadway Cast


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
The Descendants – Various Artists
Marley – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Midnight in Paris – Various Artists
The Muppets – Various Artists
Rock of Ages – Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn – John Williams
The Artist – Ludovic Bource
The Dark Knight Rises – Hans Zimmer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Hugo – Howard Shore
Journey – Austin Wintory

Best Song Written for Visual Media:
“Abraham’s Daughter” – The Hunger Games – T-Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Regina Chassagne (Arcade Fire)
“Learn Me Right” – Brave – Mumford & Sons (Birdy and Mumford & Sons)
“Let Me Be Your Star” – Smash – Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Megan Hilty & Katharine McPhee)
“Man or Muppet” – The Muppets – Bret McKenzie (Jason Segel & Walter)
“Safe & Sound” – The Hunger Games – T-Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams (Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars)


Producer of the Year – Non-Classical:
Dan Auerbach
Jeff Bhasker
Markus Dravs
Salaam Remi


Best Music Video – Short Form:
Foster the People – “Houdini” – Daniels
Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring The-Dream & Frank Ocean – “No Church in the Wild” – Romain Gavras
M.I.A. – “Bad Girls” – Romain Gavras
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – “We Found Love” – Melina Matsoukas
Woodkid – “Run Boy Run” – Yoann Lemoine

Best Music Video – Long Form:
Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Easy Express – Emmett Malloy
Sade – Bring Me Home: Live 2011 – Sophie Muller
Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society – Pilar Sanz
Tegan & Sara – Get Along – Salazar
U2 – From the Sky Down – Davis Guggenheim