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2013 Grammy Nominations: The Complete List (In All The Categories That You Care About)

The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in Los Angeles tonight during a live special that aired on CBS. Hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, the show featured performances from the likes of fun., Maroon 5, Ne-Yo and more. The 2013 Grammys will be broadcast on CBS February 10th at 8/7c.

This year’s nominations were dominated by a few big names: The Black KeysDan Auerbach, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West top the nominations with six each; the Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel each garner five nods; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards. [via Grammy.com]

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Here’s a (mostly) complete list of the 2013 Grammy Nominations!

RECORD OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”
fun., “We Are Young”
Gotye, “Somebody I Used To Know”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys, El Camino
fun., Some Nights
Mumford & Sons, Babel
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Jack White, Blunderbuss

BEST NEW ARTIST
Alabama Shakes
fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

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Merry Year-End List Season! Spin, NME, New York and Stereogum Share Their Favorites From 2012


The end of the year is upon us, which means: List Season! Many of our favorite publications and websites are rounding-up their favorite albums and songs and comebacks and etc. from throughout the year and putting them in one place for our revealing. These lists are always interesting because they make space to celebrate artists whose names maybe weren’t atop the Billboard/iTunes/YouTube charts all year, or whose music is less amendable to constant radio play than, say, Maroon 5‘s “Payphone,” and they are a fun way to look back at what you loved from the year past and to discover what you might of missed (that’s what 2013′s list is for). Of course we’ve got all sorts of lists of our own coming down the pipe, but before then we thought we would share what some of our fellow music loving sites are saying.

Today in year-end lists: Spin, NME, New York Magazine and Stereogum share their favorites; Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware, Miguel, Chairlift, Japandroids and Cloud Nothings get a lot of love.

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Frank Ocean Rejects The ‘Bisexual’ Label In GQ Profile Story

Frank Ocean Refuses To Label Himself Bisexual

Amy Wallace wrote a fantastically written profile, “Ocean-ography,” on Frank Ocean for GQ magazine. Wallace pulled out of Frank the important small details that complete the bigger picture to otherwise mysterious prolific songwriter and singer. It’s less about the back story on how a kid goes from working at Fatburger to writing songs for Justin Bieber and Beyonce. Instead it’s a window into Frank as a creative, a human, a man. Read more…

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Frank Ocean’s Music Takes Over Monday’s Episode Of Gossip Girls

Frank Ocean's Music To Be Featured on Gossip Girls

What does Gossip Girl and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange have in common? Seemingly nothing on the surface. Dig a little deeper and the commonalities become apparent. Channel Orange’s “Super Rich Kids” sounds like a description of Ladera Heights, which is often referred to as the black Beverly Hills. Gossip Girls is centered around young, wealthy adults in Manhattan’s upper east side. Ocean’s perspective on sex, drugs and love are explored throughout Channel Orange while Gossip Girls is based on the same core themes. It makes sense that Frank’s music will be featured on Monday’s episode of the CW drama, according to Rolling Stone. Read more…

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Brandy’s Two Eleven Revives The R&B Of Yesteryear

Brandy's Two Eleven

Every generation romanticizes the quality of music of their youth, particularly when compared to what’s presently ruling the radio. This statement certainly holds true for 80s babies that came of age in the 90s —like myself— who remember the legion of R&B artists who made soulful music, and to this day yearn for the return of true rhythm and blues. Brandy was among that elite class that shaped my musical memories, and one of the few who has managed to stay around.

As with any artist interested in evolving, Brandy experimented with different sounds on both 2004’s Afrodisiac and 2008’s Human. Diehard fans, who connected so deeply with her debut Brandy and its follow-up Never Say Never, yearned to see Brandy reconnect with the genre and pump some new life into the weakened heart of R&B. The 33-year-old singer wasn’t oblivious to this when she started creating her sixth album, Two Eleven. “I wanted to give my fans something that they’ve been waiting for, that they deserve,” Brandy told me when we spoke in the days immediately following her new album’s release. “For so long they really wanted me to get back to the root of R&B.” Read more…

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Frank Ocean Talks Dreams, Diet And Death In Musing New Tumblr Post

Frank Ocean is back on his blog grind. The last time the crooner used TextEdit was just ahead of his Channel Orange release, when he posted a moving account of his first love, who just happened to be a man. Last night the generous star returned to his Tumblr, this time with less of a mission in mind but still with ever so much to say. This note is more free-wheeling and less pointed than the last, touching quickly on his dreams, his diet and even death, before Ocean sweetly concludes: “Good night moon.”

Major revelations include confirmation that Ocean has been in the studio with Pharrell and Jay-Z, and that he’s always making new music. And all the rest read like a revelation — a bit about love, lots of new projects and one mention of Bill Murray. Like Ocean himself, it’s funny and smart, quirky and honest, and well worth the attention. Maybe Ocean should consider a career in blogging?

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Pharrell, Jay-Z And Frank Ocean Are In The Lab For What Could Be A Magical Collaboration

Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Pharrell in the Studio Together

Now that Pharrell has teased the potential of an epic collaboration between himself, Frank Ocean and Jay-Z, they must deliver nothing short of magic. Yesterday evening when Pharrell tweeted a photo of the three kings in the studio together the Internet went bonkers. “Yessur, in the studio with @S_C_ and @frank_ocean. pic.twitter.com/OrYHz0t0,” he tweeted. Pharrell’s one of the hottest producers in the game. Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange was arguably one of the best records of the year so far. And Jay-Z? Just ending his sold out eight concert series at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, this guy has had the rap game on lock for over a decade now. Read more…

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Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream Puts The Soul Back In R&B, Despite His Feeling That The Genre Has Become A ‘Caricature Of Itself’

Kaleidoscope Dream is the magical sophomore album by Miguel, an LP in which he infuses the sounds of rock, soul and funk into the expanding box that is modern R&B. On “Adorn,” which is currently No. 1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts, he croons about love and intimacy over the funky bass line. “‘Adorn’ is romantic, but it’s dirty at the same time,” he told us the day his album dropped. “It’s all the highs of love with all the coolness of the party.” Then there’s “Use Me,” “Do You,” “Arch & Point,” and “Pussy Is Mine” that explore the beauty of intimacy. While “Do You” is as much about the sensuality (“Do you like hugs? Do you like love?”) as it is about sex (“I wanna do you like drugs tonight”), the provocative “Pussy Is Mine” is completely about Miguel’s friend with benefits making him feel like it is all his. Read more…

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Frank Ocean Goes With The Flow In New Rap Song Called “Blue Whale”

Last night, just ’cause and without ceremony or comment, Frank Ocean dropped a new track called “Blue Whale”  on his Tumblr. Like Frank songs past, it’s a sort of melancholic tropical deal; unlike Frank songs past, Frank drops the sweet croon and instead raps. Frank’s flexed his rap muscles before — albeit only briefly on epic Odd Future posse track “Oldie” (at 5:17, if you’re short on time) — but this is, as far as we can tell, his first front to back rap song. It could maybe use one of his trademark hooks (what song couldn’t?), but coming off the success of Channel Orange and a string of high profile performances, the fact is that Ocean owes us nothing. So why not, like he says, “Let a relevant n***** do what a relevant n***** feel” and let him rap if he wants to?

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