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55th Annual GRAMMY Nominations

55th Annual GRAMMY Nominations
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I'm not typically one for award shows, but it seems like the Grammys have been nominating more deserving artists in recent years. Three years ago it was Arcade Fire, then Mumford & Sons, and then Bon Iver last year. This year it's great to see artists such as Frank Ocean, Alabama Shakes, Fun, The Lumineers, and Ed Sheeran getting some recognition. A brief list of the big ones are below. You can view the full list of nominations here. The Grammys will be held at The Staples Center on February 10.

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 
FUN. 
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 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 Rock Song:

"Freedom at 21" -- Jack White 
"I Will Wait" -- Mumford & Sons 
"Lonely Boy" -- The Black Keys 
"Madness" -- Muse 
"We Take Care of Our Own" -- Bruce Springsteen

 

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 Dance/Electronica Album:

"Wonderland" -- Steve Aoki 
"Don't Think" -- The Chemical Brothers 
"> Album Title Goes Here <" -- Deadmau5 
"Fire & Ice" -- Kaskade 
"Bangarang" -- Skrillex

 

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 R&B Song:

"Adorn" -- Miguel 
"Beautiful Surprise" -- Tamia 
"Heart Attack" -- Trey Songz 
"Pray for Me" -- Anthony Hamilton 
"Refill" -- Elle Varner

 

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 Rap Song:

"Daughers" -- Nas 
"Lotus Flower Bomb" -- Wale featuring Miguel 
"Mercy" -- Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz 
"The Motto" -- Drake Featuring Lil Wayne 
"N****s in Paris" -- Jay-Z & Kanye West 
"Young, Wild & Free" -- Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars

 

Best Latin Pop Album:

"Independiente" -- Ricard Arjona 
"Ilusion" -- Fonseca 
"Kany Garcia" -- Kany Garcia 
"Con Quien Se Queda El Perro?" -- Jesse Y Joy 
MTV Unplugged -- Juanes

 

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 Duo 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

 

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 Musical Theater Album:

Follies 
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
Newsies 
Nice Work If You Can Get It 
Once: A New Musical

 

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