The 55th 'Grammy Awards' Nominations Announced

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December 5th, 2012

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FEB. 10, 2013 LIVE ON CBS


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:


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 featuring 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


This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Dan Auerbach, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs and Salaam Remi.

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.

THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz is director.

The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night hosted by two-time GRAMMY Award® winner LL COOL J and six-time GRAMMY Award® winner Taylor Swift, featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley in a special tribute to Johnny Cash; country artist Luke Bryan; pop/rock group FUN. with singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe; country artist Hunter Hayes; three-time GRAMMY Award®-winning group Maroon 5; three-time GRAMMY Award® winner Ne-Yo; and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who. Presenters included nine-time GRAMMY Award® winner Sheryl Crow, country group Little Big Town, Americana group The Lumineers and rap artist Nas.

About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards® — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter:, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook: and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue and Instagram.


  • Geor

    the pop catergory is just sad. the grammys this year is just sad.

  • EatMorePez

    One Direction is nowhere to be found. I could not be happier.

  • VietHung

    No ” Shake it out ” for Record of the Year , Song of the Year. And Florence she deserve for Solo nomination. What the hell , Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna ? That’s suck. True talent doesn’t get recognize.

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  • psychic

    Did you read my mind, or are we secretly twins?

  • jessica

    really? sexy and i know it?!


    I hope Thinkin’ Bout You (or Frank Ocean in general) wins something. Best song this year.

  • Steven

    It’s good to see that the Grammys still has their integrity!

    Choosing to nominate real artists and not performers who think their real artists (like Justin Bieber and One Direction).

  • RyanCanada

    Congrats to Frank Ocean! im sure he will nab a few


    The Biebs & One Direction were totally snubbed! Awwwww

  • andy

    this will be down at least 30% from last yr … no dominant force like adele plus I believe Whitney passed away on Grammys day last year

  • Ian

    The Grammy nominations are right in some places like with Kelly Clarkson and FUN but Florence and the Machine deserved more nominations and Carly Rae Jepsen shouldn’t be nominated at all.

  • Party2nite

    Taylor Swift only one grammy nom.. thankgoodnesss .. She got shut out of any country noms…

  • Jay

    Congrats to Björk, Fiona, and Florence on their nominations. And none for Kate Bush, boo! 50 Words For Snow was one of 2011’s most acclaimed albums.

    I was sure Fiona and Florence would get nominations, but unsure about Björk. Her Biophilia project was definitely innovative to the musical environment, as a whole. But to a lot of her fans, Biophilia is the deficient sequel to Homogenic (the latter arguably being the greatest electronic album of the 1990s).

    Not surprised by Ms. Winehouse still racking up nominations, another year later. Grammy darling if ever. Speaking of which, considering this is about the fourth of fifth consecutive year of nominations for Rihanna, I think it is confirmed she is a Grammy darling as well.

  • Jay

    Just checked, Rihanna has earned 18 Grammy nominations since just 2008!

    The power of releasing seven albums in seven years.

  • Jonathan

    Pleasantly surprised with Kelly Clarkson’s four nominations!! She has a great chance at Best Pop Vocal Album!!

  • psychic

    Thank God Ke$ha’s not on the list.

  • violet hour

    yawnnn i don’t know when last i watched the grammys or was interested in who got nominated & won since christina aguilera won for new artist over britney spears (that long!!!!)

  • Chase

    Florence + the machine and the Lumineers deserve to win their categories! They are amazing!^_^

  • Justin Poppiti, Esq.

    Rap categories are soo bad.

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