Grammys spread love with six top nominees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for top nominee — Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.
Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the year, earning a spot with the others at the top of the list as the Grammy’s primetime television special came to his hometown Wednesday night.
The rockers little resemble any of the other acts at the top of the list. The top nominations for Jay-Z and West, two of hip-hop’s most important figures, is a familiar refrain; each has routinely been at or near the top of the nominations list for the last several years.
Indie pop band fun., a featured performer during the show, aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on CBS, rode the success of its anthemic hit “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, to sweep of the major categories, earning nods for best new artist, song and record for “We Are Young” and album of the year for “Some Nights.” The band’s producer Jeff Bhasker is up for four nominations.
“When you call your band fun. with a period at the end of the sentence, you set a very high standard for yourself and for fun itself,” Taylor Swift, the concert’s co-host, said in introducing them. “Fortunately this band from New York has lived up to the name in the best possible way.”
Nominees in top categories for the Grammy Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nominees announced Wednesday in top categories for the 55th annual Grammy Awards:
Record of the Year: “Lonely Boy,” The 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.
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 (performed by 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),” Jorgen 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).
New Artist: Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers, Frank Ocean.
Pop Vocal Album: “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson; “Ceremonials,” Florence & The Machine; “Some Nights,” fun.; “Overexposed,” Maroon 5; “The Truth About Love,” Pink.
Rock Album: “El Camino,” The Black Keys; “Mylo Xyloto,” Coldplay; “The 2nd Law,” Muse; “Wrecking Ball,” Bruce Springsteen; “Blunderbuss,” Jack White.
R&B Album: “Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment; “Back To Love,” Anthony Hamilton; “Write Me Back,” R. Kelly; “Beautiful Surprise,” Tamia; “Open Invitation,” Tyrese.
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,” Chainz.
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.
Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album: “Campo,” Campo; “Dejenme Llorar,” Carla Morrison; “Imaginaries,” Quetzal; “Electro-Jarocho,” Sistema Bomb; “La Bala,” Ana Tijoux.
Jazz Vocal Album: “Soul Shadows,” Denise Donatelli; “1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project,” Kurt Elling; “Live,” Al Jarreau (And The Metropole Orkest); “The Book Of Chet,” Luciana Souza; “Radio Music Society,” Esperanza Spalding.