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Grammys 2013: Mumford & Sons, fun and Kanye West lead nominees

Mumford & Sons

Story by Jack Foley

MUMFORD & Sons, fun and Kanye West are among the acts who lead the nominations for the 2013 Grammy Music Awards.

All three have six nods each along with Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and The Black Keys.

Mumford & Sons are recognised for their sophomore album, Babel, with nominations including best rock song and album of the year.

The LP is the second biggest-selling album in the US this year behind Taylor Swift’s Red, which was ineligible for nomination because of its later release date.

Jay-Z and Kanye West are jointly nominated for their album, Watch The Throne, while the duo are also shortlisted for best rap performance for their track Paris.

West also has multiple nominations for his song Mercy, while Jay-Z is further recognised for his collaborations with Young Jeezy and Rihanna.

Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson picked up three nominations each and will be competing against each other in the best pop solo performance category for Where Have You Been and Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) respectively.

Other British nominees include Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris and Florence + The Machine.

Adele, who dominated last year’s awards with six prizes, got only one nomination this year for best pop solo performance, as she did not release any music in the time frame (from October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012).

And The Who will receive the Grammy lifetime achievement award.

The winners will be announced in Los Angeles on February 10.

Main nominees at a glance

Album of the year
El Camino – The Black Keys
Some Nights – Fun
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss – Jack White

Record of the year
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young – Fun featuring Janelle Monae
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Best new artist
Alabama Shakes
Fun
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Song of the year
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
Adorn – Miguel
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young – Fun featuring Janelle Monae

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 Monae
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 dance recording
Levels – Avicii
Let’s Go – Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
Bangarang – Skrillex featuring Sirah
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser

Best dance/electronica album
Wonderland – Steve Aoki
Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
Album Title Goes Here – Deadmau5
Fire & Ice – Kaskade
Bangarang – Skrillex

Best traditional pop vocal album
Christmas – Michael Buble
A Holiday Carole – Carole King
Kisses On The Bottom – Paul McCartney

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 song
Freedom At 21 – Jack White
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
Madness – Muse
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 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 urban contemporary album
Fortune – Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Best R&B album
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back – R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise – Tamia
Open Invitation – Tyrese

Best rap performance
HYFR – Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
N****s 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 & Andre 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 album
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes
Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson
Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers

Best Americana album
The Carpenter – The Avett Brothers
From The Ground Up – John Fullbright
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Slipstream – Bonnie Raitt