Taylor Swift and LL Cool J hosted the nomination concert live from Nashville
Rapper LL Cool J and six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift co-hosted tonight’s Grammy nominations concert in Swift’s hometown of Nashville. In addition to honoring the Grammy nominees, the show paid tribute to folk legend Johnny Cash and hosted performances by Maroon 5, fun. ft. Janelle Monae, the Band Perry and Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Ne-Yo and the Who.
Country singer Hunter Hayes sang the nominees for Pop Vocal Album:
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”
Florence + the Machine, “Ceremonials”
fun., “Some Nights”
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
P!nk, “The Truth About Love”
Grammy winner Sheryl Crowe and country singer Chris Young announced Record of the Year:
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”
fun. ft. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye ft. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
It was around this time, 30 minutes into the performance, that Bieber fans started collectively sweating, scared that the artist wouldn’t win a coveted nomination (#BieberForGrammy and #JustinDeservesAGrammy were both trending in the U.S.):
Justin better be nominated for at least ONE Grammy.— Smile Justin. ♥ (@BiebahBoss) December 6, 2012
I'm SO nervous for Justin right now. He REALLY deserves a Grammy and he better be nominated for at LEAST one.— jaz (@biebertoronto) December 6, 2012
Quick prayer circle before all the Grammy nominations are announced. twitter.com/NJJustinTeam/s…— haha (@NJJustinTeam) December 6, 2012
Praying to god Justin gets nominated for something. He deserves a Grammy more then anyone.— ♡ (@DashingDrews) December 6, 2012
The suspense mounted after country music act Little Big Town sang a random partial-cover of the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and announced the Best New Artist noms, the most diverse of the night:
Honoring the country theme of the event, the Lumineers then named the Best Country Solo Performances:
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin’”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
Event hosts Cool J and Swift ended with Album of the Year:
The Black Keys, “El Camino”
fun., “Some Nights”
Mumford and Sons, “Babel”
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
Jack White, “Blunderbuss”
Despite the night’s homage to country music, it was the second consecutive year that no country album has made it to album of the year. Instead, the night’s big winners were a mix of rockers and hip-hop artists: Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West, who each walked away with six Grammy nominations. Unfortunately for Beliebers, the AMA winner didn’t make the cut this year. (And neither did international boy band sensation One Direction.)
LL Cool J will host the 55th Annual Grammy Award ceremony on Feb. 10.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at email@example.com. More Prachi Gupta.
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