UPDATE 2-Male artists lead 2013 Grammy nominations

Vernell Hackett
Reuters Middle East

* Ocean lands album, record, best new artist of year nods

* Male performers lead top categories

(Adds Justin Bieber snub in paragraph 10)

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec 5 (Reuters) - Male artists led the

nominations announced on Wednesday for the 2013 Grammys, as

fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan

Auerbach from The Black Keys landed six nods each for music's

biggest awards.

The nominations for New York-based indie-pop band fun. -

made up of Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff - included

the four main categories for record, song and album of the year,

and best new artist.

fun., which also performed at the Grammy nominations concert

with Janelle Monae, said it felt good to be recognized and "took

pride" in its live performances.

"Tonight, all I wanted to do was get up and really give it

our all ... receiving the nomination is amazing and a

culmination of hard work the three of us have put into this

band," lead singer Ruess told reporters backstage.

The group scored a huge hit with its first single, "We Are

Young," and then followed that up with its successful album

"Some Nights" and single of the same name.

Joining it in the album, record of the year and best new

artist categories was hip hop artist Ocean.

The 25-year-old rapper-singer made waves earlier this year

after revealing his first love was a man, a groundbreaking move

in the hip hop industry, which has faced criticism in the past

for being hostile toward gays.

His debut album, "Channel Orange" was a critical and

commercial success, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album

chart in July.

Ocean and fun. will be competing with blues-rock group

Alabama Shakes, country singer Hunter Hayes and folk-rockers The

Lumineers for the coveted best new artist title.

While young male artists made up a large portion of nominees

in key categories, noticeably absent was 18-year-old Canadian

singer Justin Bieber, one of 2012's biggest pop music stars with

chart-topping album "Believe" and singles such as "Boyfriend."

The winners will be announced at the televised awards show

in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.


After British singer Adele dominated the previous Grammy

Awards with her juggernaut album "21," male artists took the

lead in the album of the year category, where Ocean and fun. are

competing with The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and Jack White.

British folk band Mumford & Sons, which scored six

nominations both in 2011 and 2012 for its debut album, "Sigh No

More," landed six more nominations on Wednesday for its

chart-topping sophomore album, "Babel," which is the second

biggest-selling album in the United States this year.

Ohio rock duo The Black Keys, formed by frontman Auerbach

and drummer Patrick Carney, landed five nominations, while

Auerbach also notched a non-classical producer of the year

nomination for his work on four albums.

Blues-rocker Jack White, the former frontman of The White

Stripes, picked up three nods for his chart-topping debut solo

album "Blunderbuss."

Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West continued to pick up nods for

their 2011 album, "Watch The Throne," including best rap

performance for "N****s in Paris." Jay-Z also landed nods for

collaborating on songs with Young Jeezy and Rihanna, while West

scored multiple nominations for his song "Mercy."

Kelly Clarkson was one of the few leading female nominees,

picking up three nominations, including record of the year and

best pop vocal album.

R&B singer Rihanna also landed three nods, including best

solo pop performance for "Where Have You Been."

Record of the year nominees saw an assortment of rock, pop

and hip hop nominees, with Clarkson's "Stronger" competing with

The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy," fun.'s "We Are Young," Australian

artist Gotye's heartbreak hit "Somebody That I Used To Know,"

Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You," and Taylor Swift's "We Are Never

Ever Getting Back Together."

To be eligible for nominations this year, artists had to

release their music between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012.

Adele, who swept the awards in February with six accolades

including the top three, landed only one nomination this year

for best pop solo performance, as she did not release any music

in the eligibility time frame.

The nominations for the top awards and main categories were

announced during an hour-long televised concert in Nashville for

the first time, co-hosted by country-pop artist Swift and

veteran Grammy host, rapper-actor LL Cool J.

Adding a twist to the announcements, Hayes sang the nominees

for best pop album, a tight contest between Maroon 5, Clarkson,

Pink, fun. and Florence and the Machine. Hayes picked up two

nods for best new artist and best country vocal performance.

British rock legends The Who will receive the Grammy

Lifetime Achievement Award in February.

(Writing by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Peter Cooney and Lisa


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