Grammys 2013: The Nominations Are Out

Male artists lead the pack with most nods in major categories

Come February, the music industry will be honoring its most accomplished artists and their most recent work and performances, with the Grammy Music Awards. The official list of nominees has been released.

As it turns out, 2013 will be the year of male performances, as some of the biggest male performers out there are leading the pack with as many as 6 nominations each.

Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, Fun., Frank Ocean and Mumford & Sons, each landed six nods each in all the major categories.

Perhaps the biggest snub this year, industry watchers and fans believe, is Justin Bieber who, though with a new album out in 2012, “Believe,” and countless other accomplishments to his name, did not get a single nomination.

Considering not a year went by before without him sweeping awards to the left and right, this is definitely a change.

Depending on who you ask, it’s either a very good or a very bad thing.

Not to be outdone, the women are also coming in strong: Kelly Clarkson, for instance, she who has been dubbed the “original (and best) American Idol,” got 4 nominations.

Kelly is in the running for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Record of the Year and Pop Vocal Album for “Stronger.”

Carly Rae Jepsen is also nominated for Song of the Year with her insanely popular viral hit “Call Me Maybe,” so there’s that for confirmation of the power of the Internet.

In the biggest category of the night, that of Album of the Year, we have, besides Kelly Clarkson, The Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Jack White.

Below is the list of nominations in all the major categories. The rest is here: check it out to see if your favorite made the cut, and check back here in February to see if they won or not.


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

Album of the Year

“El Camino” – The Black Keys

“Some Nights” – Fun.

“Babel” – Mumford & Sons

“Channel Orange” – Frank Ocean

“Blunderbuss” – Jack White

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 New Artist

Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean


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 Pop Instrumental Album

“24/7” – Gerald Albright & Norman Brown

“Impressions” – Chris Botti

“Four Hands & a Heart Volume One” – Larry Carlton

“Live at the Blue Note Tokyo” – Dave Koz

“Rumbadoodle” – Arun Shenoy

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Stronger” – Kelly Clarkson

“Ceremonials” – Florence + The Machine

“Some Nights” – Fun.

“Overexposed” – Maroon 5

“The Truth About Love” – Pink


Best Dance Recording

“Levels” – Avicii

“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

Best Dance/Electronica Album

“Wonderland” – Steve Aoki

“Don’t Think” – The Chemical Brothers

“>Album Title Goes Here<” – Deadmau5

“Fire & Ice” – Kaskade

“Bangarang” – Skrillex


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Christmas” – Michael Bublé

“A Holiday Carole” – Carole King

“Kisses on the Bottom” – Paul McCartney


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 Song

“Freedom At 21” – Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)

“I Will Wait” – Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)

“Lonely Boy” – Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (the Black Keys)

“Madness” – Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

“We Take Care of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Best Rock Album

“El Camino” – The Black Keys

“Mylo Xyloto” – Coldplay

“The 2nd Law” – Muse

“Wrecking Ball” – Bruce Springsteen

“Blunderbuss” – Jack White


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 R&B Song

“Adorn” – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

“Beautiful Surprise” – Tamia Hill, Claude Kelly & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Tamia)

“Heart Attack” – Benjamin Levin, Rico Love & Tremaine Neverson, songwriters (Trey Songz)

“Pray For Me” – Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton & Patrick “jque” Smith, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)

“Refill” – Darhyl “dj” Camper, Elle Varner & Andrew “pop” Wansel, songwriters (Elle Varner)

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 Performance

“Hyfr (Hell Ya… Right)” – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne

“… 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/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 Featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Song

“Daughters” – Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary Decarlo, Dale Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas) Track From: Life Is Good

“Lotus Flower Bomb” – Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriters (Wale Featuring Miguel)

“Mercy” – Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley & Reggie Williams, songwriters) (Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)

“The Motto” – Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne)

“… In Paris” – Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, Songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

“Young, Wild & Free” – Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (t. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)

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

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