The 2013 Grammy Nominations are in

The 2013 Grammy Nominations are in

Taylor Swift leads a busy, busy life. One day she’s putting every Australian celebrity to fashion shame, the next she antagonises Eminen’s daughter (not-so-little Hailie Mathers not-so-kindly asked her back away from her would-be man, One Direction’s Harry Styles via twitter yesterday) all while pumping out those shamefully catchy, wildly lovelorn lyrics. In T-Swiz’s latest adventure, she beatboxed alongside old mate LL Cool J in between announcing the 55th Grammy Nominations, and we’re not going to lie – it was embarrassing. Cue the This-Would’ve-Been-A-Perfect-Time-For-Kanye-To-Interrupt jokes:

Anyway, if you made it through the banter and all-round aural assault, we’d like to bring you the 2013 Grammy nominees, and just quietly gush over another impeccable style choice by the Troubled songstress.

For the upcoming ceremony, a thrilling six-way tie is being held by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, fun., and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach – who scored five shout outs as a member of the Black Keys and one in the producer of the year category – who were each nominated six times (there is definitely numerological significance to that). fun. is expected to clean out for their Janelle Monae canticle We Are Young, while the ever-unruffled Frank Ocean is also expected to gain ample acknowledgment—in which category nominated, we are not yet certain—for his debut Channel ORANGE. Of the extensive 81 categories listed, YouTube’s ex-darling, Justin Bieber, was snubbed, with manager Scooter Braun taking his discontent to twitter expressing that he thinks the Recording Academy “blew it”. Of-similar-appeal artists, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction, made the Grammy race, and our very own Gotye and Kimbra are still killing it with their inimitable Somebody That I Used To Know.

To be in the running, releases must have dropped between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012. For a full list, head here, otherwise enjoy our curated selection of categories and mentally award who you think did it best below.

Album of the Year
The Black Keys — El Camino
fun. — Some Nights
Mumford & Sons — Babel
Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE
Jack White — Blunderbuss


Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
fun.
Hunter Hayes 
The Lumineers 
Frank Ocean


Record of the Year

The Black Keys — "Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson — "Stronger"
fun. — "We Are Young" feat. Janelle Monae
Gotye — "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Frank Ocean — "Thinkin Bout You"
Taylor Swift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"


Song of the Year

Ed Sheeran — "The A Team" 
Miguel — "Adorn"
Carly Rae Jepsen — "Call Me Maybe"
Kelly Clarkson — "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)"
fun. — "We Are Young"


Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson — Stronger
Florence + The Machine — Ceremonials
fun. — Some Nights
Maroon 5 — Overexposed
Pink — The Truth About Love


Best Pop Solo Performance

Adele — "Set Fire to the Rain" [Live]
Kelly Clarkson — "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)"
Carly Rae Jepsen — "Call Me Maybe"
Katy Perry — "Wide Awake"
Rihanna — "Where Have You Been"


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Florence + the Machine — "Shake It Out"
fun. — "We Are Young" feat. Janelle Monae
Gotye — "Somebody That I Used to Know" feat. Kimbra
LMFAO — "Sexy and I Know It"
Maroon 5 — "Payphone" feat. Wiz Khalifa


Best Alternative Music Album

Fiona Apple — The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Björk — Biophilia
Gotye — Making Mirrors
M83 — Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Tom Waits — Bad As Me


Best Rap Album

Drake — Take Care
Lupe Fiasco — Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
Nas — Life Is Good
The Roots — Undun
Rick Ross — God Forgives, I Don't
2 Chainz — Based on a T.R.U. Story


Best Rap Song

Nas — "Daughters"
Wale feat. Miguel — "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz — "Mercy"
Drake feat. Lil Wayne — "The Motto"
Jay-Z and Kanye West — "Niggas in Paris"
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars — "Young, Wild & Free"


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Flo Rida feat. Sia — "Wild Ones"
Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream — "No Church in the Wild"
John Legend feat. Ludacris — "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"
Nas feat. Amy Winehouse — "Cherry Wine"
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z — "Talk That Talk"


Best Rap Performance

Drake feat. Lil Wayne — "HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
Jay-Z and Kanye West — "Niggas In Paris"
Nas — "Daughters"
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz — "Mercy"
Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z and André 3000 — "I Do"


Best Urban Contemporary Album

Chris Brown — Fortune
Miguel — Kaleidoscope Dream
Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE


Best Traditional R&B Performance

Anita Baker — "Lately"
Beyoncé — "Love on Top"
Melanie Fiona — "Wrong Side of a Love Song"
Gregory Porter — "Real Good Hands"
SWV — "If Only You Knew"


Best R&B Song

Miguel — "Adorn"
Tamia — "Beautiful Surprise"
Trey Songz — "Heart Attack"
Anthony Hamilton — "Pray for Me"
Elle Varner — "Refill"


Best R&B Album
 
Robert Glasper Experiment — Black Radio
Anthony Hamilton — Back to Love
R. Kelly — Write Me Back
Tamia — Beautiful Surprise
Tyrese — Open Invitation


Best Rock Album

The Black Keys — El Camino
Coldplay — Mylo Xyloto
Muse — The 2nd Law
Bruce Springsteen — Wrecking Ball
Jack White — Blunderbuss


Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes — "Hold On"
The Black Keys — "Lonely Boy"
Coldplay — "Charlie Brown"
Mumford & Sons — "I Will Wait"
Bruce Springsteen — "We Take Care of Our Own"


Best Dance Recording
 
Avicii — "Levels"
Calvin Harris — "Let’s Go" feat. Ne-Yo
Skrillex — "Bangarang" feat. Sirah
Swedish House Mafia — "Don’t You Worry Child" feat. John Martin
Al Walser — "I Can’t Live Without You"


Best Dance/Electronica Album

Steve Aoki — Wonderland
The Chemical Brothers — Don’t Think
Deadmau5 — > Album Title Goes Here <
Kaskade — Fire & Ice
Skrillex — Bangarang


Best Country Solo Performance

Dierks Bentley — "Home" 
Eric Church — "Springsteen" 
Ronnie Dunn — "Cost of Livin'" 
Hunter Hayes — "Wanted" 
Blake Shelton— "Over" 
Carrie Underwood — "Blown Away"


Best Country Album

Zac Brown Band — Uncaged
Hunter Hayes — Hunter Hayes
Jamey Johnson — Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Miranda Lambert — Four the Record
The Time Jumpers — The Time Jumpers


Best Spoken Word Album
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Scott Cresswell and Dan Zitt — American Grown (Michelle Obama)
Bill Clinton — Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
Rachel Maddow — Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Ellen DeGeneres — Seriously … I'm Kidding
Janis Ian — Society's Child: My Autobiography


Best Comedy Album

Jimmy Fallon — Blow Your Pants Off
Margaret Cho — Cho Dependent (Live in Concert)
Lewis Black — In God We Rust
Kathy Griffin — Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class
Jim Gaffigan — Mr. Universe
Tenacious D — Rize of the Fenix

 

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