Frank Ocean Grabs 6 Grammy Nominations, 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy & More Earn Nods

· December 6, 2012

The nominations for the Grammys are in and it looks like Frank Ocean might just be the man to beat. Music’s golden child, not quit fitting in any specific genre box, earned an impressive six nominations during the announcement ceremony Wednesday (Dec. 5) night.

Taylor Swift, and LL Cool J hosted the live ceremony concert in Nashville airing on CBS.

Ocean earned nods in the coveted Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist categories, and shares the same amount of nominations with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Fun., and Black Keys member  Dan Auerbach. In response, Ocean expressed his feelings by  posting the words “wow” and “wtf” on his Tumblr page.

With so much momentum behind his Channel Orange debut, made stronger by an open letter he posted just ahead of the project’s release, the last year has been quite a change for the 25-year-old. Channel Orange was released ahead of schedule and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, selling 131,000 copies in its first week.

Other notables grabbing recognition include 2 Chainz, Nas, Young Jeezy,  Drake,  Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Click here to see the list of general nominations, and be sure to watch the 55th annual Grammy Awards live on CBS Feb. 10 at 8p.m. EST.

Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:

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

Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards’ other 29 Fields:

For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are “Set Fire To The Rain (Live)” by Adele; “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson; “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen; “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry; and “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna.

The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are “Shake It Out” by Florence & The Machine; “We Are Young” by Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe; “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra; “se*y And I Know It” by LMFAO; and “Payphone” by Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa.

For Best Dance/Electronica Album, the nominees are Wonderland by Steve Aoki; Don’t Think by the Chemical Brothers; > Album ti*le Goes Here < by Deadmau5; Fire & Ice by Kaskade; and Bangarang by Skrillex.

The nominees for Best Rock Performance are “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes; “Lonely Boy” by the Black Keys; “Charlie Brown” by Coldplay; “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons; and “We Take Care Of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen.

For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple; Biophilia by Björk; Making Mirrors by Gotye; Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. by M83; and Bad As Me by Tom Waits.

The nominees for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration are “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida featuring Sia; “No Church In The Wild” by Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream; “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” by John Legend featuring Ludacris; “Cherry Wine” by Nas featuring Amy Winehouse; and “Talk That Talk” by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z.

For Best Country Album, the nominees are Uncaged by Zac Brown Band; Hunter Hayes by Hunter Hayes; Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran by Jamey Johnson; Four The Record by Miranda Lambert; and The Time Jumpers by the Time Jumpers.

The nominees for Best Americana Album are The Carpenter by the Avett Brothers; From The Ground Up by John Fullbright; The Lumineers by the Lumineers; Babel by Mumford & Sons; and Slipstream by Bonnie Raitt.

This year’s Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Dan Auerbach, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs, and Salaam Remi.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 16, 2013, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th GRAMMY telecast.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on GRAMMY Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz is director.

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  • Bam6475

    Congrats to them.

  • HAR125LEM

    Nas got 4 nominations.

  • Beauty_001

    Miguel, Nas, Tamia, and SWV getting some recognition.

  • Ice

    Congrats to Frank Ocean though.

  • Pceezy

    For all u inspiring rappers there is HOPE!!!,,,, 2 CHAINZ- Rap Album of the Year,,,, lol,,,,, not sure if that would make me go harder or just give up if I was in the rap game

    • MoorFedayeen

      Mixtapes>>>>>>albums

      I took his album off the MP3 and something has to really be bad for me to do that.

  • BzB

    i just can’t get into a gay man signing love songs. and don’t even bring up luther cause it ain’t the same. at least he wasn’t out and front page with his status. personally it annoys me how they used his homosexual status as a marketing tool. i’m all for tolerance, but i’m not for indoctrination.

    • 1luv

      I also feel the same way. Listening to a gay man singing about his love that’s the same sex as he is is not my thing.

      • jamar

        +1000…franky b!tch cant even sing…why would i care about the grammys in a whack azz music industry run by devils,thats out to corrupt people minds.

  • http://Atlnightspots Damn homie

    The want black men to feminine so bad. They are rewarding homosexual behavior in black males. All of a sudden he gets six nominations. There is a war going on

    • MoorFedayeen

      I agree but he puts out quality music. Hard to say he aint. Since that infamous tweet of him coming out the closet I swore I wouldn’t listen to him but like the Weeknd his music is fresh and on something new. He never speaks of men in his songs either otherwise I’d NEVER listen to his music again. He only sings about females.

      • BzB

        …@moor got a autographed frank ocean cd and sleeps with it under his elmo pillow while wearing a rainbow print bandanna… smhlol

      • dusty

        actuall he does on the song forrest gump but yeah that shit is on repeat

  • Paul

    Guys channel orange was actually a really good album. Songs were well written and production was great….music is music I don’t think just because he claims to be gay they would reward him

    • jamar

      open your other eye Paul.