Frank Ocean And A Bunch Of Dudes Lead 2013 Grammy Nominations

Bisexual breakout star Frank Ocean leads the Grammy pack this year with a total of six nominations including Record and Album of the Year, as well as a nod for the kiss of death, also known as Best New Artist.

Mumford & Sons, fun., The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Jay-Z and Kanye West are also nominated for six trophies each, thus guaranteeing an evening high on testosterone and low on anything that could be considered interesting.

This year’s nominees continue the Grammys’ lurching attempt to remain relevant with a focus on younger, less pop-driven fare. To wit, the nominees in the four major categories:

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

Note the absence of a Bieber or a Rihanna or a One Direction. Taylor Swift, still reaping the benefits of whatever deal with Satan she struck years ago, and Kelly Clarkson are the only “mainstream” acts to infiltrate the grand daddy Record of the Year category.

Meanwhile, Ocean’s Channel Orange is among the most critically-acclaimed albums of the year and while it’s unlikely to set fire to the rain like Adele’s 21, it could snatch Ocean a trophy or two.

For a full list of Grammy nominations ( like you care) click here.

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    yesssss! still loving CHANNEL ORANGE. the first music in years i’ve acquired legitimately and in a physical copy.

    OMFG! “Pink Matter” — that soaring, unearthly, heartbreaking wail: “My god, you’re giving me pleeeasuuure!” sublime. Sexy. moving. get’s me every time.

    “Pyramids’ should have got a mention in best song; as should have kendrick lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
    after frank, kendrick lamar’s album would be my pick for second place followed by death grips.

    but if frank doesn’t win i’m team anyone that isn’t mumford and sons. the banjo is evil, this must be killed now!

  • Avenger

    Francine Rivers.


  • boring

    Only one nod to Tom Waits is whack as hell, since Bad as Me is fucking Album of the Year, as far as I’m concerned.

    …he said to no one in particular

  • boring

    My rad 2011 picks infinitely more delightful than The Grammys:

    The Book of Knots: Garden of Fainting Stars
    The Caretaker: An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
    Cliff Martinez: the Drive soundtrack
    Dirty Beaches: Badlands
    That awesome Neutral Milk Hotel box set reissue
    PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
    The Residents: Talking Light: Live at Bimbo’s
    Rory Scovel: Dilation
    unexpecT: Fables of the Sleeping Empire

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