It was a fun night for fun. at the Grammy Awards nominations TV special in Nashville on Wednesday.
On the strength of their smash hit “We Are Young,” the pop-rock band earned nominations in four of the five categories revealed on the CBS telecast. And the reason they didn’t get a nod in the remaining category is that it was dedicated to country music.
fun. is nominated for album of the year and best pop vocal album, for Some Nights; record of the year, for “We Are Young”; and best new artist.
It was announced immediately after the telecast that fun. had tied for the most nominations with six, along with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West.
Taylor Swift and LL Cool J hosted the special, which was dubbed Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!! Aside from the announcement of the nominees in select categories, the program featured performances by some of the newly-minted nominees as well as other prominent artists. They included:
— Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry: the Johnny Cash–June Carter song “Jackson,” in a tribute to The Man in Black.
— Maroon 5: “One More Night,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “Daylight” and “Payphone.”
— The Who: “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
— Luke Bryan: “I Don’t Want This Night to End.”
— fun. featuring Janelle Monae: “We Are Young.”
— Ne-Yo: “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself).”
The 55th Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013. CBS will televise the ceremony.
Here are the categories announced on the telecast:
Album of the Year
The Black Keys, El Camino
fun., Some Nights
Mumford and Sons, Babel
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Jack White, Blunderbuss
Record of the Year
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
fun. featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Best New Artist
Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
fun., Some Nights
Maroon 5, Overexposed
Pink, The Truth About Love
Best Country Solo Performance
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin'”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
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