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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 
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:

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
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