2012 Grammy Nominees

It’s the Oscars of the music industry, the GRAMMYs, and the nominees selected for the 55th annual incarnation of the awards ceremony represent some of the best albums released this year (check out LA Music Blog’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 for another perspective on the year’s outstanding musical efforts). I feel like any one of the five nominees for Album of the Year could take home the award, and I’m particularly stoke to see fun. represented in that category.

Check out the nominees in just a fraction of the GRAMMY’s 30+ categories below, and let me know in the comments who you’ll be pulling for when the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony takes place on February 10th.

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 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 DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM:
Wonderland – Steve Aoki
Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
> Album Title Goes Here < – Deadmau5
Fire & Ice – Kaskade
Bangarang- Skrillex

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 SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO:
“Houdini” – Foster The People (Daniels, video directors; Gaetano Crupi, video producer)
“No Church In The Wild” – Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream (Romain Gervais, video director; Mourad Belkeddan, video producer)
“Bad Girls” – M.I.A (Romain Gavras, video director; Romain Gavras, video producer)
“We Found Love” – Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris (Melina Matsoukas, video director; Juliette Larthe & Ben Sullivan, video producers)
“Run Boy Run” – Woodkid (Yoann Lemoine, video director; Roman Pichon, video producer)

For a full list of nominees:

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards website