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55th Grammy nominations - Ocean, Fun., Mumford, Jay-Z top nods

Posted by Sarah Rodman  December 5, 2012 11:23 PM

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Nominations for the 55th Grammy awards were announced during an hour-long concert special earlier tonight on CBS.

Hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the show sandwiched a few category announcements between performances by several acts that received the good news of a nomination, or several, including Maroon 5 and Fun.

Recordings made between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012 were eligible for nomination in 81 categories.

The top nominees with six apiece were Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean.

The top four general field categories spanned several genres with pop group Fun. and R&B artist Ocean having particularly good showings. Fun. was nominated in all four of the top general field categories: album, song, and record of the year and best new artist. Ocean was nominated in three: album, record, and best new artist.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2013 live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

For a full list of nominees go to

Partial list of 55th Grammy award nominations:

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

Album Of The Year:
El Camino, The Black Keys
Some Nights, Fun.
Babel, Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss, Jack White

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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