Male artists lead 2013 Grammy nominations

Vernell Hackett
Reuters Middle East

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

nominations announced on Wednesday for the 2013 Grammys, as

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

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

biggest awards night.

After British singer Adele dominated this year's awards with

her juggernaut album "21," male artists took the lead in

categories such as album of the year, with The Black Keys, fun.,

Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Jack White competing for one of

the night's top awards.

The winners will be announced at the awards televised from

Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

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

and hip hop nominees, with The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy," Kelly

Clarkson's "Stronger," fun.'s "We Are Young," Australian artist

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

Frank Ocean's "Thinkin About You," and Swift's "We Are Never

Ever Getting Back Together" receiving nods.

The best new artist category saw a diverse range of artists,

with blues-rock group Alabama Shakes, indie-pop band fun.,

country singer Hunter Hayes, folk-rockers The Lumineers and hip

hop artist Frank Ocean all competing for the coveted title.

The nominations for the top awards and key 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 normal announcement method, country

artist Hunter Hayes sang the nominees for best pop album, a

tight contest between Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, fun. and

Florence and the Machine. Hayes picked up two nods for best new

artist and best country vocal performance.

Concert performers included Maroon 5 singing a medley of

their hits, and fun. featuring Janelle Monae and Ne-Yo. Paying

homage to Nashville's country roots, country artists The Band

Perry and Dierks Bentley performed a tribute to Johnny Cash with

his song "Jackson."

British rock legends The Who will receive the Grammy

Lifetime Achievement Award in February.

(Reporting By Vernell Hackett, writing by Piya Sinha-Roy;

editing by Philip Barbara)

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