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2013 Grammy nominees revealed

06 December 2012, 13:11

Nashville - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for lead nominee.

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and FUN. have all been nominated in various categories, and are currently leading as top nominees.

Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the year, earning a spot with the others at the top of the list as the Grammy's primetime television special that was aired Wednesday night.

They were also nominated for record of the year for Lonely Boy.

"We're speechless," Auerbach said in a statement to AP from Germany, where he's on tour with drummer Patrick Carney.

The rockers resemble little of the other acts at the top of the list.

The nominations for Jay-Z and West, two of hip-hop's most important figures, is a familiar refrain. Each has routinely been at or near the top of the nominations list for the last several years.

FUN. sweeps away nominations

Indie pop band FUN. rode the success of its anthemic hit We Are Young - featuring Janelle Monae - to sweep of the major categories, earning nods for best new artist, song and record for We Are Young and album of the year.

The band's producer Jeff Bhasker is also up for four nominations.

"When you call your band FUN. with a period at the end of the sentence, you set a very high standard for yourself and for fun itself," Taylor Swift said.

"Fortunately this band from New York has lived up to the name in the best possible way."

R&B singer Frank Ocean made a bold social statement earlier this year when he noted he had a same-sex relationship in the liner notes of his new album channel ORANGE, and The Recording Academy rewarded him with the nominations for best new artist, record for Thinkin Bout You and album of the year.

British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, which made an auspicious debut in front of an international audience during the 2011 Grammys, is up for album of the year for Babel, one of 2012's best-selling releases.

No major snubs

There were no major snubs. Most of 2012's inescapable hits are represented in some way.

Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know is up for record of the year and Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe garnered a song of the year nod.

Drake, Rihanna and Nashville residents Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Jack White and best new artist nominee Hunter Hayes were among 16 nominees with three nods.

In many ways the nominations reflect a singles-driven year when no album rose to the level of acclaim as Adele's 21 or West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which dominated the Grammys last February.

The 5-year-old nominations show was held in Nashville for the first time.

LL Cool J returned to host the show, sharing duties with Swift, whose hit song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together earned a nod in the jam-packed record of the year category.

Song of the year nominees included Ed Sheeran's The A Team, Miguel's Adorn, Jepsen's Call Me Maybe and Clarkson's Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You).

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will take place on 10 February in Los Angeles where trophies will be handed out in 81 categories.

See the full list of Grammy nominees here.

- Chris Talbott, AP


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