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Report from Last Night's 55th GRAMMY Awards Nominations in Nashville, TN

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Chatting everything pop & GRAMMYs on GRAMMY Live last night

Nominations for The 55th GRAMMY Awards are an eclectic bunch that reflects the wide variety of musical genres that The Recording Academy represents. Nominations in all of The Academy's 81 categories were announced earlier tonight immediately following a live CBS telecast from Nashville that featured performances by Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Ne-Yo, The Who and Fun. featuring Janelle Monae.

There were no major surprises or upsets in the Academy's hotly-contested Record of the Year category except that there are six nominations. Historically, this category only lists five. The Black Keys "Lonely Boys," Kelly Clarkson "Stronger," Fun "We Are Young," Gotye "Somebody That I Used To Know," Frank Ocean "Thinkin About You" and Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" all received a nomination.  

The Album of the Year nominees include "El Camino" (The Black Keys), "Some Nights" (Fun), "Babel" (Mumford & Sons), "Channel Orange" (Frank Ocean) and "Blunderbuss" (Jack White). I had hoped for a little more pop in this category with perhaps a nod for Pink's "The Truth About Love" or Maroon 5 "Overexposed" but both of them were nominated (and lead) in the pop categories.

Pop received plenty of representation in the Song of the Year category with Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe," Kelly Clarkson "Stronger" and Fun "We Are Young." There were also surprise nominations for Miguel "Adorn" and Ed Sheeran "The A Team." Both are terrific and well-deserved. After superstar success in the U.K., Sheeran is on the verge of breaking out in North America and this nomination will give him a massive boost forward.

The Best New Artist category was full of surprises as well. Nominees are rock newcomers Alabama Shakes ("we like to keep it real and wet," they told me backstage), Fun, teen country crooner Hunter Hayes (humble and thankful backstage), The Lumineers (literally speechless backstage) and Frank Ocean. Think what you want about this line up of nominees, but this Best New Artist ensemble is a great and diverse group of artists that reflects the GRAMMYs all-inclusive perspective on music. 

Adele managed to slip in with a live version of "Set Fire To The Rain" that is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance together with Kelly Clarkson "Stronger," Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe," Katy Perry "Wide Awake" and Rihanna "Where Have You Been." Interestingly, Rihanna's "We Found Love" did not receive any song nominations. It deservedly did get a nod for Best Short-Form Video.

LMFAO and Florence & The Machine have lots to celebrate tonight. They both got nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance which may have come as a big surprise to both of them. Gotye, Fun and Maroon 5 rounded out this category. Pink received a very well-deserved nod in the Best Pop Vocal Album category that also includes Kelly Clarkson, Florence & The Machine, Fun and Maroon 5. I hope this opens up the opportunity for Pink to perform during the GRAMMY Awards as I still have that spectacular GRAMMY performance of "Glitter In The Air" fresh in mind.

Missing from the nominations is David Guetta featuring Sia "Titanium" that I believed was Song of the Year worthy. Fortunately, Sia did receive her very first GRAMMY nod for her collaboration with Flo Rida on "Wild Ones" in the Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Apart from an unexpected nod for Al Walser with "I Can't Live Without You" (a head scratcher to say the least), there were no big surprise in the Dance category with Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5 and Steve Aoki all receiving nominations. 

The 55th GRAMMY Awards will air live on February 10, 2013 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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