Male artists lead 2013 Grammy nominations

2012-12-06 11:47

Nashville – Male artists lead the nominations for the 2013 Grammys, as fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys landed six nods each for music’s biggest awards.

The nominations for New York-based indie-pop band fun. – made up of Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff – included the four main categories for record, song and album of the year, and best new artist.

fun., which also performed at the Grammy nominations concert with Janelle Monae, said it felt good to be recognised and they “took pride” in their live performances.

“Tonight, all I wanted to do was get up and really give it our all ... receiving the nomination is amazing and a culmination of hard work the three of us have put into this band,” lead singer Ruess told reporters backstage.

The group scored a huge hit with their first single, We Are Young, and then followed that up with the successful album Some Nights and single of the same name.

Joining fun. in the album, record of the year and best new artist categories was hip-hop artist Ocean.

The 25-year-old rapper-singer made waves earlier this year after revealing his first love was a man, a ground-breaking move in the hip-hop industry, which has faced criticism in the past for being hostile towards gays.

His debut album, Channel Orange was a critical and commercial success, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart in July.

Ocean and fun. will be competing with blues-rock group Alabama Shakes, country singer Hunter Hayes and folk-rockers The Lumineers for the coveted best new artist title.

While young male artists made up a large portion of nominees in key categories, noticeably absent was 18-year-old Canadian singer Justin Bieber, one of 2012’s biggest pop music stars with chart-topping album Believe and singles such as Boyfriend.

The winners will be announced at the televised awards show in Los Angeles on February 10.

- Reuters

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