It was clearly men’s year music-wise as the announcement of the 2013 Grammy nominations showed that men have grabbed most of the top places.
There are six male solo artists or bands who scored six nominations each, starting with 2012 music stage rising sexy R&B star Frank Ocean, whose universally acclaimed record Channel Orange brought him the Album of the Year nod and Thinkin’ Bout You recognized as the Record of the Year. Fun., shares the Best New Artist nomination with Ocean as well as other nominations, having turned out a successful album in Some Nights and the Song of the Year in We Are Young. Of the more familiar names, with six nods under their belts are Mumford & Sons with their Album of the Year Babel, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Also, there are some notable omissions, like the fabulously popular Justin Bieber (out of the picture altogether) and One Direction (failing to make it into the Best New Artist category).
This male domination doesn’t mean lady artists haven’t come in for their share of glory – although they don’t come near getting a six. The mightiest of ’em all are Kelly Clarkson with four nods and the Song of the Year Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) to her credit, and Taylor Swift, three nominations and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together as the Record of the Year (and a new boyfriend!). Carly Rae Jepsen wasn’t hailed as a best newcomer, but she collected two nominations with her driving Call Me Maybe recognized as the Song of the Year.
The names of the nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards were given out by the Recording Academy on Wednesday at CBS’s special and concert with LL Cool J and Taylor Swift acting as hosts. Swift’s Mean hit opened the procedure performed by both hosts. Maroon 5 appeared halfway through the show performing three songs and put in an hour’s concert later for those collected at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. By the way, it was the largest venue for the special in all its 5 CBS years; and it was also the first time the show moved out of Los Angeles.
CBS will air the 55th annual Grammy Awards on February 10, broadcasted from the Staples Center in L.A.
And here’s the Grammy Winners List.