Grammy nominations revealed
For a change, the winners aren't already preordained.
Last year, anyone with the slightest sense of how the Grammys tend to go down knew on nomination night that Adele would dominate come ceremony time, including an easy sweep of three of the so-called Big Four categories: album, song and record of the year. (She'd already won best new artist in 2009.)
This year, however, the field is wide open – and what seems like an obvious favorite at the moment might not be come Feb. 10, when the 55th Grammy Awards are handed out at Staples Center.
Six acts came away with a leading six nominations apiece when noms were revealed Wednesday night at the annual hour-long, performance-filled unveiling. It was hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, featured turns from the Who and Ne-Yo and Maroon 5, and were held for the first time at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, a rare Recording Academy foray away from the industry's epicenters, Los Angeles and New York.
Breakthrough soul star Frank Ocean, blues-rocker Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, English neo-folk quartet Mumford & Sons, indie-pop outfit fun. and rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z all pulled in a half-dozen nods, including album of the year honors for all but the last two.