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Newcomers shake up Grammy nominations

It was all fun. Wednesday as the New York indie pop band with the oddly-spelled name picked up no fewer than six Grammy nominations in its breakout year.

During a gala nomination ceremony in country music's hometown of Nashville, fun. found itself in the running for best album (“Some Nights”) and best record (the morose hipster drinking anthem “We Are Young”).

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J host the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012.  Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryLuke Bryan performs at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Wade Payne/Invision/APDierks Bentley performs at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/APHunter Hayes poses for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Donn Jones/Invision/APThe Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee December 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryTaylor Swift and LL Cool J host the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo: Wade Payne/Invision/APCo-host Taylor Swift poses for a photo at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Donn Jones/Invision/APMusic Producer Jimmy Jam poses for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Donn Jones/Invision/APNeil Portman, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, poses for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Donn Jones/Invision/APCountry Artist Rhett Walker of the Rhett Walker Band poses for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Donn Jones/Invision/APA file photo of Dan Auerbach, lead singer of The Black Keys.  Dan Auerbach received one nomination and the band got five nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)Dierks Bentley performs with The Band Perry during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryHunter Hayes performs during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClarySheryl Crow and Chris Young announce nominations during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryFans take photos of hosts Taylor Swift and LL Cool J with their cell phones at the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012.  Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryNe-Yo performs during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo:  REUTERS/Harrison McClaryNe-Yo performs during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryThe Lumineers announce nominations during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryFrom left, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild, of the musical group Little Big Town, announce the nominees for best new artist at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. Pho ...Maroon 5 performs during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012.    Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryJanelle Monae performs with the band fun. during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012.     Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClaryJanelle Monae performs with the band fun. during the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tennessee on December 5, 2012.     Photo: REUTERS/Harrison McClary

It also picked up nominations for best song, best new artist, best pop duo/group performance and best pop vocal album ahead of the February 10 awards presentation in Los Angeles.

Asked in a livestreamed backstage interview how they'd celebrate, the trio fronted by Nate Ruess -which earlier played “We Are Young” for the Bridgestone Arena crowd - gave a jovial one-word response: “Drink.”

Rap artist Frank Ocean scored four nominations, for best album (the critically acclaimed “Channel Orange”), record of the year (“Thinkin Bout You”), best new artist and best urban contemporary album.

Ocean caused a stir in the macho and sometimes homophobic realm of hip hop when he revealed in a Tumblr blog prior to the release of “Channel Orange” that he had been involved in a gay relationship.

The Grammys are the premier music industry awards in the United States, with no fewer than 81 categories ranging from pop and country to jazz, gospel, Latino and world music.

Winners are determined by voting among members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Also vying for best album are three-time Grammy winners The Black Keys for “El Camino,” British rock-folk group Mumford & Sons for “Babel” and rocker Jack White for “Blunderbuss.”

Record of the year contenders also include the Black Keys' “Lonely Boy,” Kelly Clarkson's “Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You),” Gotye's “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Taylor Swift's “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Swift co-hosted the nominations Ä televised live on CBS - alongside hip-hop statesman LL Cool J. Passing mention was given late in the broadcast to the death earlier in the day of jazz maestro Dave Brubeck, of “Take Five” fame.

Last year's Grammys were dominated by British soul songstress Adele, who collected six awards, including album of the year for “21” Ä only the second woman in Grammy history to collect so many awards in a single go.

Nominated for best song this year were British balladeer Ed Sheeran's “The A Team,” Miguel's “Adorn,” Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” and Clarkson's “Stronger,” alongside “We Are Young.”

Both Gotye, born in Belgium and based in Australia, and Jepsen, from Canada, were fixtures on American pop radio this summer, with their singles enjoying heavy rotation along with fun. and Maroon 5.

Failing to get any nominations in major Grammy categories were veterans Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Lionel Richie, R & B diva Rihanna, teen idol Justin Bieber and Brit boy band One Dimension.

Nominees for best world music album included Mali's Amadou & Mariam for “Folila,” South Africa's Hugh Masekela for “Jabulani” and Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar for “The Living Room Sessions Part One.”

Up for best Latin pop album were “Independiente” by Ricardo Arjona, “Ilusion” from Fonseca, Kany Garcia's self-titled outing, Jesse Y Joy's “Con Quien Se Queda El Perro?” and Juanes' “MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition.” - Sapa-AFP

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