Frank Ocean, The Black Keys, fun., Jay-Z, Kanye West and Mumford & Sons lead the 55th Annual Grammy Awards with 6 nominations apiece. The nominations were announced last night in Los Angeles via a live telecast aired on CBS. Frank Ocean, whose Channel Orange is among the year’s best reviewed albums, is the obvious breakout story among the pop contenders, with Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist as well as Rap and Short Form Music Video nominations under his belt. Channel Orange debuted at #2 and currently sits at #127 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart; you can expect that to skyrocket back north next week in wake of his Grammy publicity blitz. Expect boosts, too, for fellow multi-category leaders The Black Key’s El Camino, Mumford & Sons’ Babel and fun.’s Some Nights. The song no Earthling could escape this year, Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe,’ surprisingly only received two nominations, though one of them, Best Song, is any pop songwriter’s dream prize. She’ll battle Kelly Clarkson’s comeback hit, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’, in both that category, as well as Best Pop Female.
Notable left-of-center inclusions include Fiona Apple’s Best Alternative nomination for The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, a Best Dance/Electronica Album nod for electronic veterans Chemical Brothers’ Don’t Think, and Jack White’s solo debut, Blunderbuss, recognized in both the Album of the Year and Best Rock categories. See all nominees here.