Grammy Nominations Revealed: 6-Way Tie at the Top

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Danny Clinch

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West lead the nominees with six apiece. But first-timers dominate the big three categories.

It's shaping up as the year of the rookie at the Grammys. Of the nominees announced Wednesday for album, record and song of the year, only Taylor Swift previously had been nominated in any of the three top categories.

Meanwhile, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West lead the nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards with six apiece. The Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel are next with five mentions apiece.

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The nominations were announced during The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night. The hourlong special, which CBS aired live in the East from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, was hosted by LL Cool J and Swift and featured performances by The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, fun. and Janelle Monae, Hunter Hayes, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo and The Who.

Surprisingly, four of the five nominees for the marquee prize -- album of the year -- are rock acts: The Black Keys' El Camino, fun.'s Some Nights, Mumford & Sons' Babel and Jack White's Blunderbuss will vie against Ocean's Channel Orange. White was nominated for the prize as a member of The White Stripes with Elephant in 2004, but Blunderbuss is his solo debut.

It's the second year in a row that no country act is up for album of the year. Swift's Red was released too late for Grammy consideration; the cut-off date for eligibility was Sept. 30, and her hit album was issued Oct. 22.

The Black Keys and Ocean also were cited in the record of the year category for "Lonely Boy" and "Thinkin Bout You," respectively, alongside Kelly Clarkson ("Stronger [What Doesn't Kill You]"), fun. featuring Monae ("We Are Young"), Gotye featuring Kimbra ("Somebody That I Used to Know") and Swift ("We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"). Swift's single was released in time to be Grammy-eligible.

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"We Are Young" and "Stronger" also are up for song of the year, along with Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," Miguel's "Adorn" and Carly Rae Jepsen's summer smash "Call Me Maybe."

Meanwhile, fun., Ocean and Hayes will vie for best new artist in a field that also includes Alabama Shakes and The Lumineers.

The Black Keys' Auerbach landed his sixth nomination in the category of producer of the year, nonclassical. The other nominees are Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs and Salaam Remi.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and air live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. The show is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, with Ken Ehrlich as executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz as director.

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A sampling of nominations in 81 categories from the Grammys' 30 fields can be found on the next page.



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
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)


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


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


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


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


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


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 Feautring 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


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


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


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


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

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