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Male artists dominate Grammy noms with 6 top nominees

posted 6 Dec 2012, 01:59 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 6 Dec 2012, 02:01 ]

The Black Keys, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & SonsFrank Ocean, and Kanye West top the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

NASHVILLETENNESSEEUNITED STATES (DECEMBER 05, 2012) (THE RECORDING ACADEMY/CBS) - Male artists led the nominations for the 2013 Grammys, as fun., Jay-ZKanye WestFrank OceanMumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys landed six nods each for music's biggest night.

Male artists took the lead in categories such as album of the year, with The Black Keys, fun., Mumford & SonsFrank Ocean and Jack White competing for the night's top award.

Record of the year nominees saw an assortment of rock, pop and hip hop nominees, with The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," fun.'s "We Are Young," Australian artist Gotye's heartbreak hit "Somebody That I Used To Know," newcomerFrank Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You," and Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

The best new artist category saw a diverse range of artists as well, with blues-rock group Alabama Shakes, fun., country singer Hunter Hayes, folk-rockers The Lumineers and hip hop artist Frank Ocean all competing for the coveted title.

Adding a twist to the normal announcement method, country artist Hunter Hayes sang the nominees for best pop album, a tight contest between Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, fun. and Florence and the Machine. Hayes picked up two nods best new artist and best country vocal performance.

The nominations for the top awards were announced during an hour-long televised concert held in Nashville, co-hosted by Swift and rapper-actor LL Cool J. Concert performers included Maroon 5, fun., Ne-Yo and The Band Perry, who performed a tribute to Johnny Cash with his song "Jackson."

The winners will be announced at music's biggest night, televised from Los Angeles on February 10, 2013.