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Grammy Nominations: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean & fun. Lead Pack
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.05.2012



Frank Ocean and fun. joined Kanye West, Jay-Z and Mumford & Sons in leading the list of nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Wednesday night. Ocean and fun. both earned five nominations in a year where, unlike many recent ones, no particular artist dominated the field. Ocean got nominated for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange, Record of the Year for "Thinkin Bout You," Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his featured spot on Kanye West and Jay-Z's "No Church in the Wild" and Best New Artist. fun. was nominated for Album of the Year (Some Nights); Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("We Are Young") and Best New Artist.

Meanwhile, Kanye received two nominations each for "N****s In Paris" and "Mercy," both earning spots in Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, as well as the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Church in the Wild." Jay-Z was nominated for the same Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award, another for "Talk that Talk" with Rihanna, the "N****s In Paris" nominations with Kanye and Best Rap Performance for a featured spot on Young Jeezy's "I Do" alongside André 3000.

Check out the full list below:

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
fun.
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 Featuring 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





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