Frank Ocean is up for three major awards at the Grammys.
Frank Ocean and Carly Rae Jepsen are among the emerging new artsts that could win Grammy gold at the 55th Grammy Awards tonight in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast on CBS, but you can catch lots more action by watching the network’s live steam Internet broadcast.
Gramaphones will be handed out in 81 categories and you can see those that don’t make the regular broadcast on live stream.
Check out the nominees for major awards below, and go to the Grammys site for a full list of award nominees.
The awards are considered the most prestigious in the industry and are voted on by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The four top categories are “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist.” Those are the only categories open to all genres of music.
Record of the Year honors is a contest between sentimental favorite Kelly Clarkson for her song “Strong,” and Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.” Taylor Swift is also a threat to win for her song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
Ocean is also in the running for coveted Album of the year. But a strong darkhorse contender is newcomer Fun. for their album Some Nights. It’s a tough category to call because of excellent contributions by The Black Keys for El Camino, Mumford & Sons’ Babel and Jack White’s powerful Blunderbuss.
Song of the Year is a horserace between “Call Me Maybe” by Jepsen and Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” But “We Are Young” by Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe is a darkhorse contender.
In the best new artist category, it’s also a toss-up among Alabama Shakes, Fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers and Frank Ocean. Our bet is on Ocean, again, but Fun. is a wildcard and Alabama Shakes could pull and upset.
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
Album Of The Year El Camino – The Black Keys Some Nights – Fun. Babel – Mumford & Sons Channel Orange – Frank Ocean Blunderbuss – Jack White
Song Of The Year The A Team – Ed Sheeran Adorn – Miguel Pimentel Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ – Kelly Clarkson We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Best New Artist Alabama Shakes Fun. Hunter Hayes The Lumineers Frank Ocean
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 Vocal Album Stronger – Kelly Clarkson Ceremonials’ – Florence & the Machine Some Nights – Fun. Overexposed – Maroon 5 The Truth About Love – Pink
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 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
‘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 Alternative Music Album The Idler Wheel… – Fiona Apple Biophilia – Björk Making Mirrors – Gotye Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. – M83 Bad As Me – Tom Waits
Best R&B Song Adorn – Miguel Pimentel Beautiful Surprise’ – Tamia Heart Attack – Trey Songz Pray For Me – Anthony Hamilton Refill – Elle Varner
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 (Hell Ya … Right) – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne … 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 Song Daughters – Nas Lotus Flower Bomb – Wale Mercy – Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz The Motto – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne … In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars
Best Rap Album Take Care’ – Drake Food & Liquor II – 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 Solo Performance Home – Dierks Bentley Springsteen – Eric Church Cost Of Livin – Ronnie Dunn Wanted – Hunter Hayes Over – Blake Shelton Blown Away – Carrie Underwood fea. Alison Krauss
Best Country Song Blown Away – Carrie Underwood Cost Of Livin – Ronnie Dunn Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ – Eli Young Band So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore – Alan Jackson Springsteen -Eric Church
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
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