The 2013 Grammy Nominations Are In!


It’s that time of the year y’all. Time to freak the freak out if your favorite album got snubbed by the Grammys… or… time to celebrate if you were hoping Frank Ocean would get SIX nominations for the amazingness that was Channel Orange!!! Agh! Yesterday Trent shared a review from Spin magazine, which named Channel Orange the album of the year and I was all like uhhhhhh duh! Called that circa July 2012, lol. So I was psyched to see him get Grammy lurve, along with other great artists like The Black Keys, Jack White, Miguel, Fiona Apple, and Jay-Z & Kanye. Click inside to see the complete list of nominees! Oh, and that Ukranian woman who sings Hunky Santa got hella snubbed!!!


The 55th Annual Grammy Awards- 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 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 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 Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra
“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO
“Payphone” — Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

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 Hard Rock/Metal Performance:

“I’m Alive” — Anthrax
“Love Bites (So Do I)” — Halestorm
“Blood Brothers” — Iron Maiden
“Ghost Walking” — Lamb Of God
“No Reflection” — Marilyn Manson
“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)” — Megadeth

Best Rock Album:

“El Camino” — The Black Keys
“Mylo Xyloto” — Coldplay
“The 2nd Law” — Muse
“Wrecking Ball” — Bruce Springsteen
“Blunderbuss” — Jack White

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 Alternative Music Album

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes
Will Ever Do — Fiona Apple
Biophilia — Björk
Making Mirrors — Gotye
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming — M83
Bad As Me — Tom Waits

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

“Wonderland” — Steve Aoki
“Don’t Think” — The Chemical Brothers
“> Album Title Goes Here <” — Deadmau5
“Fire & Ice” — Kaskade
“Bangarang” — Skrillex

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 R&B Song:

“Adorn” — Miguel
“Beautiful Surprise” — Tamia
“Heart Attack” — Trey Songz
“Pray for Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Refill” — Elle Varner

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Wild Ones” — Flo Rida Featuring Sia
“No Church In The Wild” — Jay–Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The–Dream
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” — John Legend Featuring Ludacris
“Cherry Wine” — Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
“Talk That Talk” — Rihanna Feautring Jay–Z

Best Rap Performance:

“HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)” — 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 & André 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 Rap Song:

“Daughers” — Nas
“Lotus Flower Bomb” — Wale featuring Miguel
“Mercy” — Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“The Motto” — Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
“N****s in Paris” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Young, Wild & Free” — Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars

Best Latin Pop Album:

“Independiente” — Ricard Arjona
“Ilusion” — Fonseca
“Kany Garcia” — Kany Garcia
“Con Quien Se Queda El Perro?” — Jesse Y Joy
MTV Unplugged — Juanes

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 Duo Performance:

“Even if It Breaks Your Heart” — Eli Young Band
“Pontoon” — Little Big Town
“Safe & Sound” — Taylor Swift & the Civil Wars
“On the Outskirts of Town” — The Time Jumpers
“I Just Come Here for the Music” — Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss

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

Best Blues Album:

“33 1/3″ — Shemekia Copeland
“Locked Down” — Dr. John
“Let It Burn” — Ruthie Foster
“And Still I Rise” — Heritage Blues Orchestra
“Bring It On Home” — Joan Osborne

Best Spoken Word Album:

“American Grown” (Michelle Obama) — Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers (Various Artists)
“Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy” — Bill Clinton
“Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power” — Rachel Maddow
“Seriously…I’m Kidding” — Ellen DeGeneres
“Society’s Child: My Autobiography” — Janis Ian

Best Comedy Album

Blow Your Pants Off — Jimmy Fallon
Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) — Margaret Cho
In God We Rust — Lewis Black
Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class — Kathy Griffin
Mr. Universe — Jim Gaffigan
Rize Of The Fenix — Tenacious D


Yo. I kinda can’t believe that 2 Chainz is now a Grammy-nominated artist! Aghh! Like, what am I supposed to do with that information, lol? I’m actually kinda excited to watch this year’s awards now that I’m seeing who’s up against who– Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, and Miguel in the Urban Contemporary category should be… pretty interesting.  And I actually like their choices for the rap categories. I must be getting old or something, because I remember being 15 and thinking the Grammys were wack… DMX didn’t get a lot of love back in the day, LMAO.

Song Of The Year is tricky– I love that Miguel’s Adorn is nominated, but Call Me Maybe did pretty much take over the world. And We Are Young is just… the ish. Fiona got nominated for her album, but I kinda feel like she deserved more love.

Are you impressed by this year’s selection? Who’d they miss? A lot of the categories I can’t even comment on (i.e. Country… and Latin Pop), so I’d love to hear what y’all think!


  • ClaireMichelle

    Looks like the Grammys are doing a solid job this year! So happy to see Ed Sheeran getting some love!! If Chris Brown wins though I will have to take back my previous complimentary comment on the Grammys.

  • fab4runner

    I LOVE that Love Bites by Halestorm was nominated. I have seen them live at Rock on the Range several times and they are really great. Lizzy Hale’s voice is amazing.

  • Kiki

    I am excited that Ed Sheeran is getting respect, but where is the love for Emeli Sande? I adore her!

  • Samantha

    I’m so proud of the Grammys!! Go Frank Ocean!! And I’m totally torn over several of categories. ..I’m very happy that Adorn got a nod, I love that song so much and I want to make babies while it plays in the background. ha ha.

  • MJ

    My homegirl, Kelly Clarkson with 4 noms! :)

  • Mark

    So excited that Florence + The Machine/’Ceremonials’ got some nods, won’t win but can’t wait to see what my girl Flo wears to the Grammys. Gotta admit, kinda surprised not to see Lana Del Rey up for any pop awards.
    HOW is “Call me Maybe” nominated for anything about awarding good music. HOW???
    I really hope the world ends this month.

    • @Mark — No Fiona Apple noms either but Taylor’s ‘We Are Never …’ nominated for Record of the Year? No. Just. No.

    • Mark

      ‘Idler Wheel’ was nominated for Best Alternative Album! Should have been nominated for album of the year though, without a doubt the best record of 2012.

    • @Mark — Ah, I missed that but yes, I agree. Fiona’s music is FAR superior — esp in Grammy terms — than Taylor’s music. Ugh.

    • Sam

      Grammy’s doesnt reward good music as much as it rewards popular music. Sometimes, good music makes its way in there, but, yeah, having a Grammy doesn’t mean sh*t anymore.

  • muchacha

    Shannon, you totally called Frank Ocean. I think he’ll win in the “Album” categories, but not for an individual song. I think his work is stronger when considered on the whole, rather than any individual piece. Of course, the exception to that rule is PYRAMIDS. Just so epic.

    I am surprised Calvin Harris wasn’t nominated for Electronica AOTY – I love listening to him when I workout!

    • Shannon

      muchacha, Thank YOU… lol! And I think you make a good point about the album. Even Pyramids (which is my fave song and the greatest song in the history of songs) is too strange, too unique for this kind of award. But the whole of Channel Orange deserves its props.

  • nicole

    oooh i so hope Frank Ocean wins!!!! i was laughing today on twitter because beiber fans are reallllly angry right now. – and his manager complaning about him not being nominated makes me giggle

    • Krissy

      “his manager complaning about him not being nominated makes me giggle”

      I had the exact same reaction, lol!

  • Erica Croce

    The “Hunky Santa” snub is appalling. And the fact that an OBVIOUSLY ripped-off song like “Call Me Maybe” was nominated instead is an additional slap in the face.

    In all seriousness, I think the Grammys got most of this right. There’s a couple weird things – “Young, Wild, and Free” being nominated, a snub for Emeli Sandé, etc. But overall it’s not bad. Also, wth is an “Americana” album and why is that a category?!

    • Shannon

      Erica Croce– thank you for pointing out the weirdness (and wrongness) of the Young Wild & Free nom and yeah– Emeli got snubbed. Also, I was hoping someone would ask about the Americana category, so I’d have an excuse to look it up on Wiki:

      In 2009, the Academy announced that the award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album would be split into two separate categories: Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Americana Album. The distinction between the two award categories is based on the use of acoustic versus electric instruments; acoustic instruments predominate in “contemporary folk” and electric instruments are characteristic of Americana.


    • Erica Croce

      Hey, I’m here to help!

      That’s interesting (and still strange) about Americana album…but it’s out of my wheelhouse so they can do what they want with that one. I’m certainly not going to crack down on them with the definition of folk music.

  • Jay

    Dan Auerbach and Tom Waits! Props to my growly men.

  • Sandy!

    “Adorn” better win something. You know that song gets everybody ready for sexy time lol

  • jenn

    Carly Rae Jepsen, really? Ugh

  • Krissy

    I was really surprised how under-represented female artists were in some of these categories! No females in Album of the Year, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Only one female for Best Country Solo Performance?

    That being said, I am glad to see M83 getting some love, and Bruce Springsteen for “We Take Care of Our Own” / Wrecking Ball. The concert last night made me realize how happy I would be if I never heard “We Are Young’ ever again. Soooo over it!

  • Matthew

    I’m a fan of Janelle Monae, but does anyone know what she contributes to the fun. song? She’s listed as a featured artist on it, but hell if I can hear her vocals at any point in the song. I’m assuming she is part of the group chorus. Or playing an instrument or something.

    • nicole

      she sings that “carry me home tonight/just carry me home tonight” part.

  • Kayla

    So I was all excited because I heard Lupe Fiasco received a nomination. I even had the thought that I might watch the Grammy’s this year…

    Best Urban Contemporary Album-
    “Fortune” — Chris Brown

    I cannot.