Award season is rapidly approaching and the official nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards are definitely proof of that!

It may be films that get the majority of the buzz this time of year, but the Grammys make sure that music lovers get their fill of awards season mania, too. And in the 81 nomination categories for the February 10 show, there are some major surprises that took place. A few usual suspects and some you may not have heard of lead the nomination pack, while two very big teen-pop acts were shown the door and have no chance of winning a Grammy this year. Plus, we're always amused by some of the less notable nomination categories. Best Choral Performance? Best Surround Sound Album? Seriously?

Also, in case you're wondering, Kim Kardashian is NOT up for a Grammy in the Best Classic Instrumental Solo category -- that would be Kim Kashkashian.

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Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and Fun. are all tied for the lead with six nominations each. Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson are also both up for Record of the Year, while Carly Rae Jepsen could leave with Song of the Year.

The biggest surprise of the night though? Justin Bieber and One Direction got NOTHING! That's sure to drive down ratings in the teen demographic for this year.

Check out the nomination highlights below!

Album of the Year
» The Black Keys - El Camino
» Fun. - Some Nights
» Mumford & Sons - Babel
» Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
» Jack White - Blunderbuss

Record of the Year
» The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
» Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger"
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae - "We Are Young"
» Gotye feat. Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used to Know"
» Frank Ocean - "Thinkin Bout You"
» Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

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

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
» Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials
» Fun. - Some Nights
» Maroon 5 - Overexposed
» Pink - The Truth About Love

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran - "The A Team"
» Miguel - "Adorn"
» Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
» Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
» Fun. - "We Are Young"

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 and the Machine - "Shake It Out"
» Fun. - "We Are Young"
» Gotye feat. Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used to Know"
» LMFAO - "Sexy and I Know It"
» Maroon 5 - "Payphone"

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

Best Dance/Electronic Album
» Steve Aoki - Wonderland
» The Chemical Brothers Don't Think
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» Kaskade Fire & Ice
» Skrillex Bangarang

Best Rock Performance
» Alabama Shakes - "Hold On"
» The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
» Coldplay - "Charlie Brown"
» Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait"
» Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of Our Own"

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
» Anthrax - "I'm Alive"
» Halestorm - "Love Bites (So Do I)"
» Iron Maiden - "Blood Brothers"
» Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"
» Marilyn Manson - "No Reflection"
» Megadeth - "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)"

Best Rock Song
» Jack White - "Freedom at 21"
» Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait"
» The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
» Muse - "Madness"
» Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of Our Own"

Best Rock Album
» The Black Keys, El Camino
» Muse, The 2nd Law
» Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
» Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
» Jack White, Blunderbuss

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
» Bjork, Biophilia
» Gotye, Making Mirrors
» M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
» Tom Waits, Bad As Me

Best R&B Performance
» Estelle - "Thank You"
» Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi - "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
» Luke James - "I Want You"
» Miguel - "Adorn"
» Usher - "Climax"

Best Traditional R&B Performance
» Anita Baker - "Lately"
» Beyonce - "Love on Top"
» Melanie Fiona - "Wrong Side of a Love Song"
» Gregory Porter - "Real Good Hands"
» SWV - "If Only You Knew"

Best Urban Contemporary Album
» Chris Brown, Fortune
» Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
» Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

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 Performance
» Drake feat. Lil' Wayne - "HYFR (Hell Ya F---ing Right)"
» Jay-Z & Kanye West - "N---as In Paris"
» Nas - "Daughters"
» Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz - "Mercy"
» Young Geezy feat. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 - "I Do"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Flo Rida feat. Sia - "Wild Ones"
» Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream - "No Church in the Wild"
» John Legend feat. Ludacris - "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"
» Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse - "Cherry Wine"
» Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - "Talk That Talk"

Best Rap Song
» Nas - "Daughters"
» Wale feat. Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb"
» Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz - "Mercy"
» Drake feat. Lil' Wayne - "The Motto"
» Jay-Z & Kanye West - "N---as In Paris"
» Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars - "Young, Wild & Free"

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

Best Country Song
» Carrie Underwood - "Blown Away"
» Ronnie Dunn -"Cost of Livin' "
» Eli Young Band - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
» Alan Jackson - "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore"
» Eric Church - "Springsteen"

Best Country Solo Performance
» Dierks Bentley - "Home"
» Eric Church - "Springsteen"
» Ronnie Dunn - "Cost of Livin' "
» Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"
» Blake Shelton - "Over"
» Carrie Underwood - "Blown Away"

Best Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
» John Fullbright, From the Ground Up
» The Lumineers, The Lumineers
» Mumford & Sons, Babel
» Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Best Blues Album
» Shemekia Copeland, 33 1/3
» Dr. John, Locked Down
» Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn
» Heritage Blues Orchestra, And I Still Rise
» Joan Osborne, Bring It on Home

 

Who do you want to see take home a Grammy this year?

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