Jay-Z and Kanye set for Grammy glory

Jay-Z and Kanye West have swept the board at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! with six nominations apiece.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards nominees were announced in Nashville last night by co-hosts LL Cool J and Taylor Swift – with Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, and newcomers fun. and Frank Ocean also all being recognised in six categories.
Jay-Z and Kanye’s nods were spread between accolades for their hugely-successful Watch the Throne collaboration and their own respective works and high-profile associations.
Jay-Z received recognition for his features on I Do and Talk That Talk alongside Rihanna, while Kanye scored nominations for G.O.O.D. Music’s Mercy.
Mumford & Sons – who were tipped for great things earlier this year – also scored an impressive six nominations spread across some of the major categories, including Album of the Year for Babel.
Rihanna earned three nods for Talk That Talk, We Found Love and Where Have You Been, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Short Form Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance respectively.
American Idol alumni Kelly Clarkson also scored three nominations in some of the more prestigious groups – with her album Stronger up for Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.
The show’s co-host Taylor was honoured in three categories too for her catchy tune We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and her respective work on The Hunger Games soundtrack with Safe and Sound.
Canadian star Carly Rae Jepsen – who recently burst onto the mainstream radar – scored with her chart-topping single Call Me Maybe. The song was nominated in two categories – Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Chris Brown earned a nod for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Fame and country songstress Carrie Underwood scored two.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 10, after the Nominations Concert was moved to Nashville this year.

List of major nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards:

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

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

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

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 Country Solo Performance:
Home – Dierks Bentley
Springsteen"– Eric Church
Cost Of Livin’ – Ronnie Dunn
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Over – Blake Shelton
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

Best 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
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Thursday, 06. December 2012