Grammy nomination snubs, surprises & surefire contenders

Where was the love for the heartthrobs? That's the biggest question after both Justin Bieber and One Direction – two of this year's biggest sellers – were shut out when the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were announced recently in conjunction with a concert televised live from Nashville.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s fans plan to boycott the Grammy Award ceremony to showcase their displeasure over the singer not getting nominated.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s fans plan to boycott the Grammy Award ceremony to showcase their displeasure over the singer not getting nominated.

Where was the love for the heartthrobs? That's the biggest question after both Justin Bieber and One Direction – two of this year's biggest sellers – were shut out when the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were announced recently in conjunction with a concert televised live from Nashville. Bieber seemed a good bet to at least grab a best pop vocal album nod for his hit Believe, while One Direction appeared to have an even better shot to make the best new artist cut.

Apparently there were no 12-year-old girls voting this year.

But those boys weren't the only ones snubbed by voters: Nicki Minaj and Lionel Richie both failed to get recognized for their hit albums Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and Tuskegee, respectively. Richie, teaming up with country stars to remake his hits, appeared to have sure-fire bait for album of the year.

With no Adele in 2012, the wealth was spread.

Six artists were tied for the most nominations: the Black Keys's Dan Auerbach; FUN; Jay-Z; Mumford & Sons; Frank Ocean; and Kanye West each scored six. But with Jay-Z and West mostly relegated to the rap categories, it's really all about the other four, who all are up for the prestigious album of the year.

No big surprises

None is a major surprise, but the fifth nominee – Jack White's Blunderbuss – was somewhat unexpected. Maroon 5, which only scored two nominations despite having a banner year, seemed poised to contend for Overexposed.

The record of the year candidates were also a likely bunch, with the Black Keys ("Lonely Boy"); Kelly Clarkson ("Stronger [What Doesn't Kill You]"); FUN featuring Janelle Monae ("We Are Young"); Gotye featuring Kimbra ("Somebody That I Used to Know"); and Taylor Swift ("We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together") picking up nods.

But Ocean was a welcome surprise for "Thinking Bout You."

Neo-soul man Ocean was an expected contender for best new artist, where he will compete with power-pop band FUN and country breakout Hunter Hayes. But no one saw bluesy rockers Alabama Shakes coming here. And the Lumineers, a folk-rock trio, seemed a long shot to beat out Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen or even Ed Sheeran for a spot.

At least Sheeran, the kind of singer-songwriter type that Grammy voters usually love, got nominated for song of the year for his folkie hit "The A Team." Also less expected but well-deserved in this category: Miguel's R&B single "Adorn."

In fact, Miguel earned an impressive five nods, including best urban contemporary album for Kaleidoscope Dream. And with three nominations, including best country album for his self-titled set, Hayes was one heartthrob who will give the girls someone to cheer for when the winners are announced at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 

Full list of nominees

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 Monae
• 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
• Fun
• Hunter Hayes
• The Lumineers
• Frank Ocean

Song of the year

• The A Team - Ed Sheeran
• Adorn - Miguel
• Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
• Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
• We Are Young - Fun featuring Janelle Monae

Best pop solo performance

• Set Fire To The Rain (Live) - Adele
• Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
• Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
• Wide Awake - Katy Perry
• Where Have You Been - Rihanna

Best pop duo/group performance

• Shake It Out - Florence & The Machine
• We Are Young - Fun featuring Janelle Monae
• Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye featuring Kimbra
• Sexy And I Know It - LMFAO
• Payphone - Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

Best pop vocal album

• Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
• Ceremonials - Florence & The Machine
• Some Nights - Fun
• Overexposed - Maroon 5
• The Truth About Love - Pink

Best dance recording

• Levels - Avicii
• Let's Go - Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
• Bangarang - Skrillex featuring Sirah
• Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
• I Can't Live Without You - Al Walser
Best dance/electronica album
• Wonderland - Steve Aoki
• Don't Think - The Chemical Brothers
• Album Title Goes Here < - Deadmau5
• Fire & Ice - Kaskade
• Bangarang - Skrillex

Best traditional pop vocal album

• Christmas - Michael Buble
• A Holiday Carole - Carole King
• Kisses On The Bottom - Paul McCartney

Best rock performance

• Hold On - Alabama Shakes
• Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
• Charlie Brown - Coldplay
• I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
• We Take Care Of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen

Best rock song

• Freedom At 21 - Jack White
• I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
• Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
• Madness - Muse
• We Take Care Of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen

Best rock album

• El Camino - The Black Keys
• Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
• The 2nd Law - Muse
• Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
• Blunderbuss - Jack White

Best R&B performance

• Thank You - Estelle
• Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) - Robert Glasper Experiment featuring

Ledisi

• I Want You - Luke James
• Adorn - Miguel
• Climax - Usher

Best urban contemporary album

• Fortune - Chris Brown
• Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel
• Channel Orange - Frank Ocean

Best R&B album:

• Black Radio - Robert Glasper Experiment
• Back To Love - Anthony Hamilton
• Write Me Back - R. Kelly
• Beautiful Surprise - Tamia
• Open Invitation - Tyrese

Best rap performance

• HYFR - Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
• N****s In Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West
• Daughters - Nas
• Mercy - Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
• I Do - Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z & Andre 3000

Best 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 - 2 Chainz

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

Best Americana album

• The Carpenter - The Avett Brothers
• From The Ground Up - John Fullbright
• The Lumineers - The Lumineers
• Babel - Mumford & Sons
• Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt

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