Saturday, December 27, 2014

Frank Ocean, fun. lead Grammy nominees

Celebrated R & B singer Frank Ocean and aptly-named breakout pop band fun. lead the nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Frank Ocean, fun. lead Grammy nominees

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012 file photo, the US band ´"fun.," perform during the 2012 MTV European Music Awards show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, central Germany. fun. is among the six nominees with a leading six nods for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012 file photo, the US band '"fun.," perform during the 2012 MTV European Music Awards show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, central Germany. fun. is among the six nominees with a leading six nods for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Celebrated R & B singer Frank Ocean and breakout pop band fun. lead the nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

The silky voiced Ocean, a songwriter, producer and member of the Odd Future collective, picked up six nominations on Wednesday night as the full list of categories was announced immediately following an hour long live-from-Nashville telecast hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J. 

The Nate Ruess-led Fun. also got six noms, including nods in all four major categories. Plus, the band's producer, Jeff Bhasker, was also nominated for producer of the year, against the formerly Philadelphian DJ Diplo, among others. 

In between performances by The Band Perry, Maroon 5, The Who and Fun featuring Janelle Monae, the nominees for a few categories were actually announced on the CBS show, with Ocean joined in the best new artist category by country singer Hunter Hayes, as well as fun., The Lumineers and much loved soul-rock band Alabama Shakes.

Ocean is also a contender in the Album and Record of the Year categorys. In the former, his Channel Orange is up against the Black Keys' El Camino, Fun's Some Nights, Mumford & Sons' Babel and Jack White's Blunderbuss. In the latter, Ocean's highly addictive "Thinkin Bout You," which is in competition with The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," fun. feat Monae's "We Are Young" and Gotye feat Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used To Know." (What! No "Call Me Maybe"?)

That Carly Rae Jepsen tune did get some love in both the best pop vocal category and the all important song of the year slot, the songwriter's award in which she's duke it out with sensitive Brit (and friend of Taylor Swift) Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," the mononymous Miguel's "Adorn" plus "We Are Young" and "Stronger."

Philadelphia's The Roots are up for best rap album for Undun, against entries by Drake, Nas, 2 Chainz, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross.

Kanye West and Jay-Z got six nominations each, but none in the four major categories.  (There are 81 Grammy categories in total.) Munmford & Sons also nabbed six noms, and Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel got five.

Bruce Springsteen was nominated for three Grammys, and a song called "Springsteen" by Eric Church was nominated for two.

The Temple University Symphony Orchestra have a 40% chance of taking home a Grammy. It got two of the five nominations in the Best Instrumental Composition category, one for "Music of Ansel Adams: America" by Chris and Dave Brubeck (the jazz man who died yesterday), and, "Overture, Waltz and Rondo" written by Bill Cunliffe. The deeply locally connected recordings were released under the Boyer College of Music and Dance record label, BCM&D Records, and were commissioned by Boyer College.

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