It’s the U.K and Oz vs. the U.S.! This week, folksy British rockers Mumford & Sons, Australian sensation Gotye, Coldplay, Muse, and Florence and the Machine all claimed nominations for the upcoming 55th annual Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced Wednesday from the heart of country and western music, Nashville, Tenn.
West Londoners Mumford & Sons landed an impressive six nods, including Album of the Year, for the group’s unstoppable sophomore album, Babel, which has become 2012’s second biggest-selling album in the U.S.
In the rock arena, Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto and Muse’s The 2nd Law will compete against The Black Keys’ (El Camino), Bruce Springsteen (Wrecking Ball) and Jack White’s Blunderbuss for Best Rock Album.
Florence and the Machine, fronted by glamorous British chanteuse Florence Welch, is going up against Maroon 5 (Overexposed), Kelly Clarkson (Stronger), Pink (The Truth About Love), and fun. (Some Nights) for the coveted Best Pop Vocal Album of 2012. Florence’s soaring song “Shake It Out” was also flagged for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Gotye’s heartbreak hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” was selected for Record of the Year against Clarkson’s “Stronger,” The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy,” fun.’s “We Are Young,” rapper Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You,” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
In the competitive dance category, the Swedes dominated the Best Dance Recording nominations with“Levels” by Avicii (Tim Bergling), “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo, “Bangarang,” by Skrillex and Sirah, “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin, and in a surprise move, newcomer Al Walser with “I Can’t Live Without You.”
Other performers landing six nominations in total were fun., rappers Frank Ocean, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys. British legends The Who will receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the awards show, which airs February 10, 2013 on CBS.
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