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Grammys 2013 nominations announced: FUN., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach lead pack

Published: December 6, 2012 | 7:54 am
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Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff and Nate Ruess of FUN., the only group with a shot at the top prizes at the Grammy’s early next year, perform at the MTV EMA’s 2012 at Festhalle Frankfurt last month.

Get ready for some FUN. at this year’s Grammys.
The floridly melodic pop trio named FUN. emerged as the only act capable of sweeping all three top awards this time — Album, Record and Song of the Year.
In addition, the hit group, best known for the vocally-rich smash “We Are Young,” has a bid in the coveted Best New Artist slot.

In sheer numbers, FUN. shares its total tally of nominations (6) with five other acts: Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach, of the Black Keys.

From left, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons, which is expected to be a favorite at the Grammys.


Singer Frank Ocean performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sept. 6.

Auerbach’s band claims five nominations of its own (his sixth bid comes in the Producer of the Year slot). Jazz legend Chick Corea and R&B singer Miguel also bagged five nominations apiece.The Album of the Year prize pits two rockers (Black Keys “El Camino” and Jack Black “Blunderbuss”) against a neo-folky (Mumford & Sons “Babel”), an R&B singer (Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange”) and a yearning pop act (FUN.’s “Some Nights”).

Despite their high number of nominations, neither Jay-Z nor Kanye West have bids in any of the top slots. Ocean, Mumford, and The Keys have that distinction, along with FUN.

The top Record prize repeats mentions of the Black Keys, Ocean, and FUN. (for “We Are Young,” cut with avant-R&B singer Janelle Monae) but adds bids for Kelly Clarkson (“Stronger”), Gotye with singer Kimbra (“Somebody That I Used To Know”) and Taylor Swift (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”).


Taylor Swift may be unlucky at love, but the country pop singer was nominated for a Record of the Year prize.

Though Swift’s song was eligible for entry this year, her full album, “Red,” missed the deadline by over a month.

Much like Record of the Year, the top Song prize gives shots to Clarkson’s hit, and the one by FUN. but mixes in “The A Team,” by British pop singer Ed Sheeran, “Adorn,” sung by critically-admired R&B singer Miguel, and “Call My Maybe,” the much-parodied, global phenomenon, chirped by Canadian teen idol Carly Rae Jepsen.

The other most desired award – Best New Artist – not only features the heavily favored FUN. and Frank Ocean, but also neo-folk-rock hit makers The Lumineers, country star Hunter Hayes, and the blues-rock break-out band, Alabama Shakes.

Ocean, a member of the underground hip-hop collective OFWGKTA, generated major headlines this year when he announced that his first lover was a man – a first for a singer associated with a major hip-hop act.

FUN.’s video for “Some Nights” has been viewed on YouTube over 45 million times, fired by a choral sound that has reminded some of Queen. Their song “We Are Young” has been seen on YouTube over 154 million times.

The most surprising snubs in the top categories were suffered by Rihanna and Drake.


Rihanna was one of the biggest surprise snubs.

The top nominees were revealed Wednesday night during a live broadcast on CBS. The Grammys themselves will be telecast Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.


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