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The 2013 Grammy Nominations Are Pretty Much What You’d Expect Them to Be

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Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J joined six-time winner Taylor Swift to announce the 2013 Grammy nominations on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the words no one said were “wow, really?” because it was basically a lineup of the usual suspects.

While most of the nominations went to return offenders (and we do mean “offenders” — have you heard Swift or Katy Perry sing live?), ‘We Are Young’ band fun. came out of left field to snag a whopping six nods.

Strangely enough, these included Best New Artist, despite their album ‘Some Nights’ being their sophomore effort. But accuracy is for dorks. It may as well have been their debut in the eyes of the mainstream.

Nods that particularly made us smile? Frank Ocean for Best New Artist; Kelly Clarkson (who can sing tax documents and make them awesome), for just about every pop category; and Pink‘s ‘The Truth About Love.’

One contender who’s not done slaying just yet? Adele, who swept last year’s Grammys, is back once more to show them how it’s done. The ’21′ chanteuse earned a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Set Fire to the Rain [Live],’ the only live track included in the nominations list. Because, yes, she is that much better than you. Deal.

Here’s the list of the major nominations:

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, ‘Stronger’
Florence + the Machine, ‘Ceremonials’
fun., ‘Some Nights’
Maroon 5, ‘Overexposed’
Pink, ‘The Truth About Love’

Record of the Year
The Black Keys, ‘Lonely Boy’
Kelly Clarkson, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’
fun., ‘We Are Young’
Gotye, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
Frank Ocean, ‘Thinkin’ ‘Bout You’
Taylor Swift, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Album of the Year
The Black Keys, ‘El Camino’
fun., ‘Some Nights’
Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’
Frank Ocean, ‘Channel ORANGE’
Jack White, ‘Blunderbuss’

Song of the Year
‘The A Team’ (Ed Sheeran)
‘Adorn’ (Miguel)
‘Call Me Maybe’ (Carly Rae Jepsen)
‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ (Kelly Clarkson)
‘We Are Young’ (fun.)

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ [Live]
Kelly Clarkson, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’
Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Call Me Maybe’
Katy Perry,’Wide Awake’
Rihanna, ‘Where Have You Been’

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Florence + the Machine, ‘Shake It Out’
fun., ‘We Are Young’ Feat. Janelle Monae
Gotye, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ Feat. Kimbra
LMFAO, ‘Sexy and I Know It’
Maroon 5, ‘Payphone’ Feat. Wiz Khalifa

Best Dance Recording
Avicii, ‘Levels’
Calvin Harris, ‘Let’s Go’ Feat. Ne-Yo
Skrillex, ‘Bangarang’ Feat. Sirah
Swedish House Mafia, ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ Feat. John Martin
Al Walser, ‘I Can’t Live Without You’

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Steve Aoki, ‘Wonderland’
The Chemical Brothers, ‘Don’t Think’
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Kaskade, ‘Fire & Ice’
Skrillex, ‘Bangarang’

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Anita Baker, ‘Lately’
Beyoncé, ‘Love on Top’
Melanie Fiona, ‘Wrong Side of a Love Song’
Gregory Porter, ‘Real Good Hands’
SWV, ‘If Only You Knew’

Best R&B Song
‘Adorn’ (Miguel0
‘Beautiful Surprise’ (Tamia)
‘Heart Attack’ (Trey Songz)
‘Pray for Me’ (Anthony Hamilton)
‘Refill’ (Elle Varner)

Best R&B Album
Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio’
Anthony Hamilton, ‘Back to Love’
R. Kelly, ‘Write Me Back’
Tamia, ‘Beautiful Surprise’
Tyrese, ‘Open Invitation’

Best Rap/Sung CollaborationBest Rap Performance
Flo Rida, ‘Wild Ones’ Feat. Sia
Jay-Z & Kanye West, ‘No Church in the Wild’ Feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream
John Legend, ‘Tonight (Best You Ever Had)’ Feat. Ludacris
Nas, ‘Cherry Wine’ Feat. Amy Winehouse
Rihanna, ‘Talk That Talk’ Feat. Jay-Z

Best Rap Song
‘Daughters’(Nas)
‘Lotus Flower Bomb’ (Wale Feat. Miguel)
‘Mercy’ (Kanye West Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
‘The Motto’(Drake Feat. Lil Wayne)
‘N—-s in Paris’(Jay-Z & Kanye West)
‘Young, Wild & Free’ (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Feat. Bruno Mars)

Best Rap Album
Drake, ‘Take Care’
Lupe Fiasco, ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1′
Nas, ‘Life Is Good’
The Roots, ‘Undun’
Rick Ross, ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’
2 Chainz, ‘Based on A T.R.U. Story’

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