Fun., Dan Auerbach, Frank Ocean lead Grammy nods
December 6th, 2012
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Fun., Dan Auerbach, Frank Ocean lead Grammy nods

When the Grammy Nominations Concert wrapped up in Nashville on Wednesday, the night was likely still young for Fun. because the group had plenty to celebrate.

The band joined The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Mumford & Sons as the lead nominees for the 55th Grammy Awards, with each earning six nods.

Fun.'s Grammy nominated song with Janelle Monáe, "We Are Young," was one of a number of performances during the hour-long nominations broadcast on CBS. Ne-Yo, Luke Bryan and Grammy nominee Maroon 5 also took the stage to belt out their respective hits as Taylor Swift (yet another potential winner) and LL Cool J hosted the ceremony.

In between performances, the show did reveal some of the nominees for music's most prestigious award. Here's a partial list:

Album of the Year

"El Camino," The Black Keys
"Some Nights," Fun.
"Babel," Mumford & Sons
"Channel Orange," Frank Ocean
"Blunderbuss," Jack White

Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Record of the Year

"Lonely Boy," The Black Keys
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson
"We Are Young," Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe
"Somebody That I Used To Know," Gotye feat. Kimbra
"Thinkin Bout You," Frank Ocean
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift

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 and Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin and Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
"We Are Young," Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. feat.
Janelle Monáe)


Best Pop Vocal Album

"Stronger," Kelly Clarkson
"Ceremonials," Florence & The Machine
"Some Nights," Fun.
"Overexposed," Maroon 5
"The Truth About Love," Pink

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. feat. Janelle Monáe
"Somebody That I Used To Know," Gotye feat. Kimbra
"Sexy And I Know It," LMFAO
"Payphone," Maroon 5 and 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 feat. Sia
"No Church In The Wild," Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream
"Tonight (Best You Ever Had)," John Legend feat. Ludacris
"Cherry Wine," Nas feat. Amy Winehouse
"Talk That Talk," Rihanna feat. Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance

"HYFR (Hell Ya F*****g 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

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

The 55th Grammy Awards will air February 10 on CBS. To see the full list of nominees, visit

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    April 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 88HaroDude

    Up the Irons!

    February 10, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. newport Pagnell

    "N****s In Paris," Jay-Z & Kanye West Wow....Really????

    February 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Larry

    hallelujah! only one nomination for taylor swift which she won't win. all is well

    February 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MissDiaz

    Seen Anthony Hamilton last night at the Bob Hope theatre...he was fantastic! For those that don't know, he is a former foster youth and supports CASA, an organization that recruits those qualified to be mentors and fosters abused and neglected children. Help support and make a difference. Crossing my fingers for you, Anthony!

    February 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DTJunkie1919

    This is why the Grammy's are so terrible.

    December 23, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Glitter

    I believe that also for me there can come Grammy day – some day..:) Here's my start:
    Maybe it's not a Grammy Quality song but, I won't stop on my way becouse I love music more then romance. I won't be married (in typical sense), I will make music no matter If for world or for one other person...

    December 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. there is no parade.

    goin to see da fonz!! bye

    December 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Raining on the Parade

    Music is in a sorry state. Radio music is crap pandering to the lowest common denominator. Big record companies aren't thinking about developing artists anymore. Too much money for the effort. If the 80's was considered corporate rock, which it was, I'm not sure what to call things now. There's some good music out there not found on the radio. However, it's hard to spend time wading through crap to find the few gems. Pandora shows some obscure bands but nothing different from garage bands found everywhere really. Sad.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. touchdown.

    December 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. confused

    I'm reading the comments here and I'm confused. There aren't any legitimate arguments for or against the nominees, just a lot of hate-filled rants. The artists who were nominated released well-written, well-performed albums. The artists who weren't nominated may have as well, but they did not measure up to those who did. Making fun of them, or any other blogger on here does nothing but make yourself sound ignorant and immature. Really, what's the big deal? It's not your album that didn't get a nom so why do you care so much?

    December 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bronk,N.Y.


      December 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg_D

      That's because many of these artists are not even the top artists in their own category. Most of these guys are famous because the record companies spend millions of dollars in promotions and not because of the quality. Am I being a hipster? No, because the new music I like is by people under 45 and performing at sold out concerts.

      February 10, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rock is Alive...

    most bands suck nowadays

    December 8, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. blogging is taken way too personal

    blogger need to grow up

    December 8, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. wan't there a revolution

    How is it that Mumford & Sons are nominated in the Americana category – I thought they were English.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. pullmebritchesup

    Rock is not dead. Listen to Swamp Trash on Reverbnation.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jarden

    Its about time The Black Keys gets some recognition!

    December 7, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  17. TalkThatTalk

    show has to get more aggressive

    December 7, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  18. will yongkuk

    Mumford and Sons, no thanks. The songs of the working poor sung by rich kids.

    3000 Albums in 3000 Days

    December 7, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  19. §okman's Truth Is The Light

    Is any of it any worse than when Jethro Tull beat Metallica for best Heavy Metal album? That was the day the Grammies became irrevelant. And who the h€ll listens to bjork these days? The Oscars arent any better either. All an actor has to do to guarantee an award is die right before the release of their latest movie. Awards shows are such a joke

    December 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. sultana

    its nice to read comments from presidents and satan . wow that must be a sign

    December 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  21. satan needs its diaper changed.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Frank still got nominated.

    did you get a nomination?

    December 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. theDude

    Who else thinks that Ocean is only nominated because he came out of the closet?

    December 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Duane in Fremont

    Frank Oceans CD was a flop, his boy on boy confession pre-CD release failed and was a PR stunt. The CD at most has 3 good songs, his underground Nostalgia Ultra was a lot better. If he didn't announce his confession most wouldn't even know who he is.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Says the record expert? Damned good CD and so glad he got nominated.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane in Fremont

      @SASSY I'm no expert, but seeing that his CD came out in July and it has yet to even go Gold (500,000 copies) in the past 6 months and he's only had one song hit the Top 20... I'd call that a flop! Maybe the critics love love it, but clearly not a lot of people bought it. Selling a lot of downloads of Thinkin' About You does not equate a hit CD/Album.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haggy

      @Duane in Fremont and selling lots of albums doesnt equal a good album. Even if the album is a commercial flop, if it was outstanding (which it was) it deserves a grammy. I liked Nostalgia, Ultra as well but i personally thought Channel Orange was better. It was one of those albums that got better and deeper every time i listened to it

      December 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. noneyaknow

    I did just poop @ sounded better kanye. In fact thinking of him makes me sick @ want to poop more. Maybe ill record my poops @ make money selling copies. He got rich making @ selling crap, after all..

    December 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Orank Fcean

    My vote "channel orange" for Album of the year and Best New Artist." Frank Ocean"

    December 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. kelly in los angeles

    i am 32 years old and as i said before-music was better in the 80s and 90s

    December 6, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy in Oz

      Oh God yes, especially since it was a time really before music became done almost entirely on something that you could readily see in your home office or sitting on your kids desk.

      December 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry in Las Vegas

      Well, I'm 37 years old and I disagree. Music was best in the late-70s to early-90s

      December 7, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  28. TrapTop

    i love green too ... even your highest friends trolls cannot find the wizard of oz. speaking of green....
    20kay is heading my way and a gold is your day going see if you didn't
    do bad things all the bloggers would have been invited.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. oh yes i forgot those 2...

    in the end you receive nothing and i am a queen for 4 days. so sorry for your loss

    December 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. Josh Green

    I'm a green. That's a pretty color.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  31. yourmom

    Worst Grammy field ever. it gets worse every year. its just the music industry celebrating itself no soul left. Rock is dead, i cant believe it, but it happened

    December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Moo Cow

      It's a good field. I walked around in it this morning eating grass and hay. There is a nice fresh stream and everything. I think it's a nice field.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • RealMusic

      Rock is only dead if you can't turn off your radio and find the real rockers who don't sell out. Everyone says that something is dead when they stop being exposed to what they like.....rock will never die, but you will get old.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  32. i am also referred to as....

    fred, nikki and rosie and lindsey....but you see i won the prize and they don't know what day it is.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  33. Folks--

    some are referring to me as black even though i am white...
    they are stoopid.... i won the trophy and they did not win
    a thing. ...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  34. have any of you bloggers won anything...

    a grammy perhaps....would love to hear your story

    December 6, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  35. AwardWinningWoman(oh yes)

    and now i've received 3 dozen pink if i could only win a grammy....i love to sing.
    i wish donny and marie could be at my ceremony today

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  36. noneyaknow

    Kanye pest? Love that lol. I can poop bigger than him...sound better than him while pooping...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Barack Obama

      Kanye West is the most overpaid, loudmouth, untalented rapper we have out nowadays. He is a pompous hooligan who wants the glam. life but doesn't deserve a dime let alone a grammy. I hate racism but its not just the whites anymore. Black people are the slickest racist people you can find today. Ever since affirmative action most black people think they deserve everything under the sun, a HANDOUT. Forget that, we need real music. Like back in the day, Otis Redding, Bob Marley. This CRAP music is so bad you can kill my ears with it.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      LOL! An obvious bigot accusing other people of being racists! Too funny.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haggy999

      Fun Fact: Kanye West has won 18 grammys. 99% percent of people who call him talentless need to listen to his old stuff. Listen to "College Dropout" and "Late Registration" and tell me he isnt talented. He is probably the most talented rapper alive

      December 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Award Winning Woman

    I love having milky white breasts don't you

    December 6, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  38. coolman

    I want to go see that new movie Django Unchained. It's about a colored who runs away from the nice white people that take care of him and provide him a job. He runs off and becomes a criminal and robs white people. Kind of like the coloreds of today do. It sounds like a relevant movie.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  39. wonder what its like to win a grammy

    it must be awsome.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • facingreality

      Most Grammys of are not earned But given on a rigged system of getting top names to show up or as a favor for a favor. I mean really somone explain to me how Beyonce can earn more Grammys than a Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey or Mary J Blige. She is a good entertainer But her music leaves a lot to be desired.

      February 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Diaper Change

    wonder what its like to win a grammy. it must be awsome

    December 6, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  41. a great young singer...

    unfortunately nothing to offer but what he does all day.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  42. I win awards you are winning nothing today

    Oh well.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  43. Must be drunk already

    December 6, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  44. D-man

    Really...... What has happened to the Grammys?? The music for that matter... I like Coldplay but they are a Pop/Alt band.not Rock..Mumford and Sons-Rock?? Really! Even Black Eye Keys are more Atl then Rock...

    And whats up with todays country bands.. Distorted guitars, black outfits, lights and 80s choruses.. Its like they found a way to bring back the 80's rock without the 80's fashion!!

    I may just have to add slide guitar and fiddles to my band and sell the F out!!!

    Vote Call Me Maybe... Good Tune!

    December 6, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  45. Vince

    I haven't heard of 75% of these people.

    December 6, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  46. kelly in los angeles

    music was much better in the 80s and 90s. im happy to see the nominations of john legend,luke james,anthony hamilton,and ronnie dunn-they are truly talented

    December 6, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  47. Greg

    I wonder what that Lindsie Loohan is doing right now? I bet she is passed out in a drunken stupor. Hopefully she won't weasel out of her crimes again.

    December 6, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  48. Phat phuck

    I am going to shread my strat this evening in honor of musical expression! not a fan of todays corporate crap does nothing to feed my soul! what would jimi say and do therein lies the answer!

    December 6, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  49. Ted

    Young people don't even know what music is. They are silly.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • RealMusic

      No is you who does not know what music is, only what you grew up listening to. You're too old to appreciate anything new and different. Music has always been good, music has always been changing, and every generation says the same about the new music as they get older. It's your perspective of what you enjoy....not what is truly music. And a lot of these people are extremely talented musicians – Halestorm for one, I'm so happy to see them on the list, Lzzy and her brother Arejay have been playing together since they were pre-teens...and they play a myriad of instruments including the piano and violin....but they love Rock and they make Rock now.... – Fun. is another....they are extremely talented individuals.

      Old man...take your archaic opinions, and go away.....I'm only 31...but when I grow old...i refuse to be as close minded as every other generation before me...and hope that my generation joins me in that.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  50. Michelle

    Never heard of any if these singers. Are they all gays?

    December 6, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  51. Dottie

    Bay leaves for sale, $100 per ounce.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |

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