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Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Fun.,Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West Lead GRAMMY Awards? Nominations with six each; The Black Keys, Chick Corea and MIguel each earn five


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 05, 2012) ? Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards? (www.grammy.com) 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 (www.cbs.com) entertainment special broadcast live for the first time ever from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 10, 2013, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 ? 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys. For a complete nominations list, please visit www.grammy.com.

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 garner 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 Mon?e

“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)” ? J?rgen 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 Mon?e)



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 Mon?e

“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

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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 ? Bj?rk

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 & Andr? 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 ? Sept. 30, 2012). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 16, 2013, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th GRAMMY telecast.

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 winner LL COOL J and six-time GRAMMY 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 Mon?e; country artist Hunter Hayes; three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5; three-time GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo; and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who. Presenters included nine-time GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow, country group Little Big Town, Americana group The Lumineers, and country artist Chris Young.

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