Grammy night looks set to be a lot of fun for pop act fun. next year (13) – the trio picked up nods in four of the main categories announced at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live event in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (05Dec12).
The hitmakers will compete with Frank Ocean, TheBlack Keys, Mumford & Sons and Jack White for the Album of the Year Grammy in February (13) and Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The MAChine, Maroon 5 and Pink for the coveted Pop VocalAlbum prize.
Their We Are Young anthem is up for Record of the Year alongside The Black Keys (Lonely Boy), Clarkson (Stronger), Gotye (Somebody That I Used to Know), Frank Ocean (Thinkin’ ‘Bout You) and nominations concert co-host and six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift (We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together).
fun. were also nominated for the Best New Artist trophy with Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Ocean and Hunter Hayes, who earned a nod for Best Country Solo Performance for his hit Wanted. He’ll be up against Dierks Bentley (Home), Eric Church (Springsteen), Ronnie Dunn (Cost of Livin’), Blake Shelton (Over) and Carrie Underwood (Blown Away).
All 81 categories were revealed after the Grammy Nominations Concert Live, with fun., The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Jay Z, Ocean, Mumford & Sons and Kanye West leading all artists with six nods each, while The Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel scored five and rapper Nas and producer Jeff Bhasker grabbed four apiece.
Swift and LL Cool J co-hosted the nominations ceremony at the Bridgestone Arena, where fun., Maroon 5 and Ne-Yo performed live. Rapper LL Cool J took a moment at the end of the celebration to pay tribute to jazz great Dave Brubeck, who died earlier on Wednesday.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on 10 February (13).