The 2013 Grammy Nominations: Well, at Least Frank Ocean Is Having a Good Morning

Frank OceanThis year’s Grammy nominations were announced Wednesday night, and it looks like we’re once again in for a bout of what is now the Grammy nomination’s trademark reaction-getter: a unique, intense swirl of confusion, revulsion, anger, fear, regret, weepiness, nostalgia, vertigo, and, in some extreme cases, slight temporary restless leg syndrome. So many crap albums to hate on! So many snubbed classics to heap praise on! So much ire to direct toward the governing body of the Recording Industry Association of America! So how about, at least for now, we focus on the positives? Like: Hey, Frank Ocean got nominated a whole bunch of times. Channel Orange is actually up for album of the year. Yeah, sure, it won’t win (Mumford & Sons’ soothing old-timey-ness means they’ve had this thing in the bag since Labor Day) — but album of the year! And “Thinkin Bout You” is up for record of the year? “Thinkin Bout You” is a truly fantastic song (which we’ve been listening to since the summer of 2011)! OK, I think I mostly succeeded in keeping the criticisms to myself there, yeah? And now, your 2013 Grammy nominees:

Record of the Year

Lonely Boy
The Black Keys

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson

We Are Young
Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe

Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Thinkin Bout You
Frank Ocean

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Taylor Swift

Album of the Year

El Camino
The Black Keys

Some Nights

Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange
Frank Ocean

Jack White

Song of the Year

The A Team
Ed Sheeran

Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Call Me Maybe
Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
JÖrgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly

We Are Young
Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun.
Featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Dance Recording


Let’s Go
Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo

Skrillex Featuring Sirah

Don’t You Worry Child
Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin

I Can’t Live Without You
Al Walser

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Steve Aoki

Don’t Think
The Chemical Brothers

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Fire & Ice


Best Rock Performance

Hold On
Alabama Shakes

Lonely Boy
The Black Keys

Charlie Brown

I Will Wait
Mumford & Sons

We Take Care Of Our Own
Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

I’m Alive

Love Bites (So Do I)

Blood Brothers
Iron Maiden

Ghost Walking
Lamb Of God

No Reflection
Marilyn Manson

Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)

Best Rock Song

Freedom At 21
Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)

I Will Wait
Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford, songwriters (Mumford &

Lonely Boy
Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

We Take Care Of Our Own
Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Best Rock Album

El Camino
The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto

The 2nd Law

Wrecking Ball
Bruce Springsteen

Jack White

Best Alternative Music Album

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Fiona Apple


Making Mirrors

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

Bad As Me
Tom Waits

Best R&B Performance

Thank You

Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi

I Want You
Luke James



Best R&B Song

Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Beautiful Surprise
Tamia Hill, Claude Kelly & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Tamia)

Heart Attack
Benjamin Levin, Rico Love & Tremaine Neverson, songwriters (Trey Songz)

Pray For Me
Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton & Patrick “jQue” Smith,
songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)

Darhyl “DJ” Camper, Elle Varner & Andrew “Pop” Wansel, songwriters (Elle Varner)
Track from: Perfectly Imperfect

Best R&B Album

Black Radio
Robert Glasper Experiment

Back To Love
Anthony Hamilton

Write Me Back
R. Kelly

Beautiful Surprise

Open Invitation

Best Rap Performance

HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)
Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne

N****s In Paris
Jay-Z & Kanye West


Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz

I Do
Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000

Best Rap Song

Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale
Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas)

Lotus Flower Bomb
Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel
Jontel Pimentel, songwriters (Wale Featuring Miguel)

Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton &
Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley & Reggie Williams, songwriters) (Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)

The Motto
Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil’

N****s In Paris
Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, songwriters (W.A.
Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Young, Wild & Free
Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez and Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars)

Best Rap Album

Take Care

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
Lupe Fiasco

Life Is Good

The Roots

God Forgives, I Don’t
Rick Ross

Based On A T.R.U. Story
2 Chainz

Best Country Album

Zac Brown Band

Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran
Jamey Johnson

Four The Record
Miranda Lambert

The Time Jumpers
The Time Jumpers

See the complete list of nominees here

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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