Jay-Z, Kanye lead Grammy nominations

By Vernell Hackett, Reuters

Posted at Dec 06 2012 02:25 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2012 10:56 PM

Taylor Swift (left) and LL Cool J host the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo from Reuters/Harrison McClary

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Male artists led the nominations announced on Wednesday for the 2013 Grammys, as fun., Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys landed six nods each for music's biggest awards night.

After British singer Adele dominated this year's awards with her juggernaut album "21," male artists took the lead in categories such as album of the year, with The Black Keys, fun., Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Jack White competing for one of the night's top awards.

The winners will be announced at the awards televised from Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Record of the year nominees saw an assortment of rock, pop and hip hop nominees, with The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," fun.'s "We Are Young," Australian artist Gotye's heartbreak hit "Somebody That I Used To Know," newcomer Frank Ocean's "Thinkin About You," and Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" receiving nods.

The best new artist category saw a diverse range of artists, with blues-rock group Alabama Shakes, indie-pop band fun., country singer Hunter Hayes, folk-rockers The Lumineers and hip hop artist Frank Ocean all competing for the coveted title.

The nominations for the top awards and key categories were announced during an hour-long televised concert in Nashville for the first time, co-hosted by country-pop artist Swift and veteran Grammy host, rapper-actor LL Cool J.

Adding a twist to the normal announcement method, country artist Hunter Hayes sang the nominees for best pop album, a tight contest between Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, fun. and Florence and the Machine. Hayes picked up two nods for best new artist and best country vocal performance.

Concert performers included Maroon 5 singing a medley of their hits, and fun. featuring Janelle Monae and Ne-Yo. Paying homage to Nashville's country roots, country artists The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley performed a tribute to Johnny Cash with his song "Jackson."

British rock legends The Who will receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February.

Following is a list of nominees in key categories for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, announced in Nashville on Wednesday. Winners will be announced on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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" - Black Keys
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson
"We Are Young" - fun. featuring Janelle Monae
"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 (Songwriter's award)
"The A Team" - Ed Sheeran, songwriter
"Adorn" - Miguel Pimentel, songwriter
"Call Me Maybe" - Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters
"We Are Young" - Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
"Stronger" - Kelly Clarkson
"Ceremonials" - Florence and the Machine
"Some Nights" - fun.
"Overexposed" - Maroon 5
"The Truth About Love" - Pink

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 ALBUM
"Black Radio" - Robert Glasper Experiment
"Back To Love" - Anthony Hamilton
"Write Me Back" - R. Kelly
"Beautiful Surprise" - Tamia
"Open Invitation" - Tyrese

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 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