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2013 Grammy Nominations

 

After what has become an increasingly unnecessary “concert,” we learned a few of the nominees in what I guess The Grammys thinks are the biggest categories. True, everyone wants to know Record and Album of The Year, and who could be cursed with an Artist Of The Year nod but can’t they just skip all this and announce these at 6 a.m. like they used to?  At least we would be spared from Taylor Swift‘s scripted banter with LL Cool J.

Swift, along with Fun. and Frank Ocean got a number of noms, along with The Black Keys. We’ll have to wait and see who the big winners are when the show airs live on February 10 on CBS.

 

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, 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 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 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 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 Rock Album

El Camino – The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
The 2nd Law – Muse
Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss – Jack White

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 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 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 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 Country Solo Performance

Home – Dierks Bentley
Springsteen - Eric Church
Cost Of Livin’ – Ronnie Dunn
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Over – Blake Shelton
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

 Check out the full list of nominees on Grammy.com!

On Stage and Behind The Scenes at The GRAMMYS! [PICTURE HEAVY!]

Photos: Grammys.com

I have to say, the Grammys ended up being better than I expected. There was a bit of a change, there were more performances ever this year and a few upsets. Gaga crawled out of an egg and The Biebs went home empty handed, let’s look back!

Notice the only "diva" truly helping Xtina is Florence??

The show kicked off with a tribute to Aretha FranklinJennifer Hudson showed off her new body, Florence Welch got her time to shine and Christina got a chance to redeem herself. Some people claimed she flubbed another lyric, I DIDN’T HEAR IT, but I thought she did a great job. Even recovering from a slip. We were also treated to a slimmer Aretha giving her thanks from at home where she’s still recovering from an illness. (Lord, PLEASE don’t let The Queen have pancreatic cancer as has been rumored. PLEASE.)

DARLING. Willow and Gaga...Paws UP!

After the break, get it, Lady Gaga hatched from her egg in a yolk-like get up. I personally didn’t enjoy the performance, the choreography was very New Kids on The Block, but it’s okay, she was Born That Way! She even turned little Willow Smith into a monster.

Muse!

Lenny Kravitz, looking fine as ever, introduced Muse. Sad, though, that Matt Bellamy is going to be known as the other guy who knocked up Kate Hudson from now on. They later won Best Rock Album.

The monocle is BACK!

Janelle stage diving!

One of the best performances of the night came from B.O.B, Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars. Bobby Ray sported a monocle, please let them come back in fashion! Janelle tightroped across the stage and then dove off of it.

Justin Bieber and his “mentor” Usher did a joint performance. Honestly, I blanked out at this part. Usher needs to stop performing “OMG” and doing his half-assed regionals cheerleading competition routine.

Esperanza Spaulding - Gorgeous and gracious

[Side Note: The lovely and gorgeous Esperanza Spalding won BEST NEW ARTIST over Bieber then had both her Wikipedia page and Twitter account attacked by Bieber's scary-ass stans.  She deserved to win, everyone who was nominated would have deserved it if they had won. Bieber needs to tell his snot-nosed stans to calm their pre-teen tits because one of these days their mess is going to make it offline.  I still fear for Selena Gomez. By the way, didn't she look fabulous?]

Selena...gorgeous and grown UP!

David Lettereman introduced the other performance trio of Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan. I was shocked at how good looking the first two groups were and how gravely Bob’s voice sounded now.

Bieber with the Human Muppet, CeeLo

Cee Lo out-crazied Gaga and channeled Elton John with his performance of his hit “F*** You.” Because she insists on doing things, Gwyneth Paltrow joined him (“Whyyeeeeeeee??”) and crawled on his piano like she was on of those puppets. I have to say I was disappointed that Animal, Janice and Fozzy Bear didn’t join Cee Lo. They are the resident musicians on Sesame Street.

Katy Perry. Meh.

Katy Perry is still alive and showed us some of her wedding pictures.  Oh.  Okay.

RiRi
Em and Dre

Rihanna performed twice, despite being sick, like that even mattered.  Dr. Dre joined Eminem on stage for the first time making hip hop history. This was stressed I don’t know how many times. Props to Skyler Grey who sang with them but never had her face shown. Fun fact: She wrote the hook to “Love The Way You Lie.”

Arcade Fire wins Album of the Year!

Arcade Fire won ALBUM OF THE YEAR and gave me a headache during their first performance. I love how all 52 of them were genuinely surprised that they had won and decided to close out the show.

Gaga, Bey and Urrrsher

One thing I kept hearing last night was, where is Beyonce?  It’s not like she was nominated for a major award, but she was there. Hanging out in the audience with her pal Paltrow and backstage with Gaga and Usher, the outfit is a little Cabaret-ish but she seemed to be enjoying herself.

So.  What were YOUR faves?  Or least favorites?  C’mon.  TELL US!