Youth Triumphs in Grammy Nominations

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Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

Fresh acts triumphed over seasoned favorites in the marquee categories of Grammy Awards nominations announced Wednesday night, giving the top races a youthful tilt and giving the boot to such vets as Bonnie Raitt and Lionel Richie.

Battling for the coveted best-album trophy are Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, fun.'s Some Nights, Mumford & Sons' Babel, the Black Keys' El Camino and Jack White's Blunderbuss. Voters pushed lauded discs by Grammy-laden Boomers to lesser categories (Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, Raitt's Slipstream) or off the ballot entirely (Bob Dylan's Tempest, Richie's Tuskegee).

Ocean, Mumford and fun. lead the pack with six nods each, along with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Auerbach's band has five, as do Chick Corea and Miguel.

The Keys' Lonely Boy, Ocean's Thinkin Bout You and fun.'s We Are Young are up for record of the year against Kelly Clarkson's Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You), Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know and Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

Stronger and Young are also in the running for best song, given to composers, along with Ed Sheeran's The A Team, Miguel's Adorn and the committee-penned Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Fun., the only act to land in all four top categories, made the best-new-artist cut, but voters snubbed Gotye, despite strong artistic and sales credentials. They also resisted one-hit sensation Jepsen and boy bands One Direction and The Wanted, instead anointing country upstart Hunter Hayes, Southern rock band Alabama Shakes and Denver folk-rock trio The Lumineers.

Who's poised for a sweep? Mumford already has Grammy's blessing. Fun. has mainstream pull. Ocean has strong critical support. The Black Keys are a dark horse.

While rap titans Jay-Z and West claim six nominations each, they compete against themselves and each other in some rap slots and can win a maximum of four each.

The awards will be handed out Feb. 10 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, 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

Song of the year (goes to writer)

The A Team (performed by Ed Sheeran)

Adorn (performed by Miguel)

Call Me Maybe (performed by Carly Rae Jepsen)

Stronger (performed by Kelly Clarkson)

We Are Young (performed by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best new artist

Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

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

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 and Wiz Khalifa

Pop vocal album

Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

Ceremonials, Florence & The Machine

Some Nights, fun.

Overexposed, Maroon 5

The Truth About Love, Pink

Dance recording

Let's Go, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo

Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah

Don't You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin

I Can't Live Without You, Al Walser

Dance/electronica album

Wonderland, Steve Aoki

Don't Think, The Chemical Brothers

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Fire & Ice, Kaskade

Bangarang, Skrillex

Traditional pop vocal album

Christmas, Michael Bublé

A Holiday Carole, Carole King

Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

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

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

Rock song (goes to writer)

Freedom at 21 (performed by Jack White)

I Will Wait (performed by Mumford & Sons)

Lonely Boy (performed by the Black Keys)

Madness (performed by Muse)

We Take Care of Our Own (performed by Bruce Springsteen)

Rock album

El Camino, The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay

The 2nd Law, Muse

Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen

Blunderbuss, Jack White

Alternative album

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser ..., Fiona Apple

Biophilia, Björk

Making Mirrors, Gotye

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83

Bad As Me, Tom Waits

R&B song(goes to writer)

Adorn (performed by Miguel)

Beautiful Surprise (performed by Tamia)

Heart Attack (performed by Trey Songz)

Pray for Me (performed by Anthony Hamilton)

Refill (performed by Elle Varner)

Traditional R&B performance

Lately, Anita Baker

Love on Top, Beyonce

Wrong Side of a Love Song, Melanie Fiona

Real Good Hands, Gregory Porter

If Only You Knew, SWV

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

R&B song (goes to writer)

Adorn (performed by Miguel)

Beautiful Surprise (performed by Tamia)

Heart Attack (performed by Trey Songz)

Pray for Me (performed by Anthony Hamilton)

Refill (performed by Elle Varner)

R&B album

Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment

Back to Love, Anthony Hamilton

Write Me Back, R. Kelly

Beautiful Surprise, Tamia

Open Invitation, Tyrese

Urban contemporary album

Fortune, Chris Brown

Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel

Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Rap performance

HYFR, Drake featuring Lil' Wayne

N----- In Paris, Jay-Z and Kanye West

Daughters, Nas

Mercy, Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz

I Do, Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z and André 3000

Rap/sung collaboration

Wild Ones, Flo Rida featuring Sia

No Church in the Wild, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream

Tonight (Best You Ever Had), John Legend featuring Ludacris

Cherry Wine, Nas featuring Amy Winehouse

Talk That Talk, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Rap song (goes to writer)

Daughters (performed by Nas)

Lotus Flower Bomb (performed by Wale featuring Miguel)

Mercy (performed by Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)

The Motto (performed by Drake featuring Lil' Wayne)

N----- In Paris (performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West)

Young, Wild & Free (performed by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)

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

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 duo/group 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

Country song (goes to writer)

Blown Away (performed Carrie Underwood)

Cost Of Livin' (performed by Ronnie Dunn)

Even If It Breaks Your Heart (performed by Eli Young Band)

So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore (performed by Alan Jackson)

Springsteen (performed by Eric Church)

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

Producer (non-classical)

Dan Auerbach

Jeff Bhasker


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