55th Annual Grammy Award Nominations

The nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards were announced in part during the now annual Grammy Nominations Live Concert. A full comprehensive list of all the nominees are posted on the official Grammy website. Here is a rundown of some of the categories, plus some of my thoughts.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • The Black Keys, El Camino
  • fun., Some Nights
  • Mumford and Sons, Babel
  • Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
  • Jack White, Blunderbuss

To be honest, I haven’t listened to all of these albums in their entirety so I can’t comment too much. I am a little disappointed that Kelly Clarkson and Coldplay didn’t get included, but given all the buzz about the albums that were nominated, I must admit it’s a really solid collection.

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • The Black Keys, Lonely Boy
  • Kelly Clarkson, (What Doesn’t Kill You) Stronger
  • fun. ft. Janelle Monae, We Are Young
  • Gotye ft. Kimbra, Somebody That I Used to Know
  • Frank Ocean, Thinkin’ About You
  • Taylor Swift, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

When I posted my predictions for who would get nominated, I ruled out “We Are Young” and “Somebody That I Used To Know” for the simple fact that they were technically released in the previous eligibility period (meaning for last year’s awards show). That aside, now that they are full-fledged nominees, I’m not entirely surprised by their inclusion. My bias is that Kelly Clarkson should win, but the impact that “We Are Young” had is too big to ignore.

SONG OF THE YEAR

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

First of all, I’m sorry to have listed the nominees by who sang the song, because this award technically goes to the songwriters, but it was just easier. That being said, I can’t believe “Call Me Maybe” is nominated here and you can’t honestly tell me that they could win with lyrics like “Hey I just met you and this is crazy. But here’s my number, call me maybe.” Though I am so happy that Ed Sheeran is nominated, I’m sticking with my guns that it’s between Kelly Clarkson and fun. If “We Are Young” ends up winning ROTY, “Stronger” will probably win in this category.

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Alabama Shakes
  • fun.
  • Hunter Hayes
  • The Lumineers
  • Frank Ocean

Prior to this morning, while reading up on critics/journalists predictions for nominations, I had no idea who Alabama Shakes were. But there were a lot that were hoping that they would get nominated, so win for the journalists here. I figured fun. would get nominated and Hunter Hayes as well, while The Lumineers’ nomination was a pleasant surprise. I must say though, I can’t believe I forgot to include Frank Ocean in my predictions because he really had a banner year. I think it’ll be a toss-up between fun. and Frank Ocean for the win, but you never know.

Certainly disappointed that Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande (though the latter was a rather big long shot) didn’t get nominated. Now, would it be mean to say that I’m happy the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction didn’t get nominated?

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

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

Adele and Kelly Clarkson were a given in the category (though I have to wonder why they went with the live version of “Set Fire to the Rain”), and I am completely happy about it. However, I have a serious issue with the other three nominees. One, Rihanna’s song is more of a dance track. Two, you’re really going to pick these three songs over Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up”, John Mayer’s “Shadow Days”, and Ed Sheeran’s “The A-Team”?! REALLY???!!! The songs I named are far superior to the three songs that were nominated in their place. Unacceptable, Grammys. Unacceptable.

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

  • Florence + the Machine, Shake It Out
  • fun., We Are Young
  • Gotye ft. Kimbra, Somebody That I Used to Know
  • LMFAO, Sexy and I Know It
  • Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa, Payphone

Soooo, whoever could’ve predicted that LMFAO would EVER be nominated for a Grammy? Like seriously, which one of these things is not like the other? Anyways, moving on…I had “One More Night” pegged as Maroon 5’s nomination, but I suppose it really could’ve gone either way. The Grammys clearly bent the rules for Gotye and fun., though I kind of assumed that if “We Are Young” was ineligible, fun. would’ve been nominated for “Some Nights” anyways. I would’ve put “Shake It Out” in my initial predictions, but I wasn’t entirely sure when it got officially released, but doesn’t matter now anyways.

And seriously? LMFAO got nominated?!

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
  • Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
  • fun., Some Nights
  • Maroon 5, Overexposed
  • P!nk, The Truth About Love

I got three out of five correct in my predictions! Again, I really should’ve seen fun.’s nomination coming and for some reason I dismissed P!nk’s album, possibly because I thought it didn’t make the cutoff for the eligibility period – but I’m happy that I turned out to be wrong. A considerably strong set of pop albums nominated, without a doubt.

I’m a little indifferent on the rest of the full categories. However, some quick thoughts on individual nominees or non-nominees:

  • A little shocked there wasn’t more love for Coldplay’s album Mylo Xyloto, save for a nod in the Best Rock Album category and a single nom in Best Rock Performance for “Charlie Brown”
  • They’re still giving Chris Brown nominations? This one in Best Urban Contemporary Album for his latest.
  • I incorrectly assumed that the Grammys would be weird and end up nominating the Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars collaboration of “Safe and Sound” under Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – it ended up going under Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The song also got a nod in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category.
  • Miranda Lambert’s song “Over You” (co-written with Blake Shelton) was surprisingly not nominated for anything. Damn shame, because it’s a really good song.
  • Jimmy Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off nominated in Best Comedy Album! I just really love “History of Rap.”
  • Though Jason Mraz’s album Love Is A Four Letter Word didn’t receive a nomination in Best Pop Vocal Album, it at least did get recognition in the Best Engineered Album Non-Classical category.

After all is said and done, it certainly looks like fun. is the artist/band to beat heading into awards night, but hopefully Kelly Clarkson can steal a few awards away from them. Thoughts on this year’s crop of nominees? Any surprises? Shocking snubs? Sound off in the comments!

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air on February 10th, on CBS.

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