Hunter Hayes admits he's stunned and amazed to be among the Grammy nominees. The country star explains that such recognition was the furthest thing from his mind when he was working on his self-titled debut album.
Hunter is a three-time nominee. He's up for Best New Artist, while his CD is in the running for Best Country Album and his chart-topping hit "Wanted" is a contender for Best Country Solo Performance. Taylor Swift's name is also in a few categories. Her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" has a shot at Record of the Year, while she's earned two bids for the song "Safe & Sound," her collaboration with The Civil Wars for the film "The Hunger Games." Taylor and Hunter also had a hand in announcing some of the hopefuls at the televised "Grammy Nominations Concert," which took place in Nashville this year.
Other country contenders include Eric Church and Ronnie Dunn, who each have a couple of chances to win. Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood are also on the list of nominees. And Alison Krauss has the chance to extend her record as the Grammy's most awarded female artist. "I Just Come Here For The Music," her collaboration with Don Williams, is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, and could account for her 28th career Grammy. Fun. and Frank Ocean are the top nominees heading into the 55th annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony is set to take place in Los Angeles and air on CBS on February 10th.
A list of nominees in select categories for the 55th annual Grammy Awards follows.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
Fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"
Gotye "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Frank Ocean, "Thinking About You"
Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys, "El Camino"
Fun., "Some Nights"
Mumford and Sons, "Babel"
Frank Ocean, "Channel Orange"
Jack White, "Blunderbuss"
SONG OF THE YEAR
Ed Sheeran, "The A Team" (performed by Ed Sheeran)
Miguel Pimentel, "Adorn" (performed by Miguel)
Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, "Call Me Maybe" (performed by Carly Rae Jepsen)
J?rgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (performed by Kelly Clarkson)
Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, "We Are Young" (performed by Fun.)
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Zac Brown Band, "Uncaged"
Hunter Hayes, "Hunter Hayes"
Jamey Johnson, "Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran"
Miranda Lambert, "Four The Record"
The Time Jumpers, "The Time Jumpers"
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 COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Eli Young Band, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
Little Big Town, "Pontoon"
Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars, "Safe & Sound"
The Time Jumpers, "On The Outskirts of Town"
Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss, "I Just Come Here For The Music"
BEST COUNTRY SONG
Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, "Blown Away" (performed by Carrie Underwood)
Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin'" (performed by Ronnie Dunn)
Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (performed by Eli Young Band)
Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, "So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore" (performed by Alan Jackson)
Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, & Ryan Tyndell, "Springsteen" (performed by Eric Church)
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
The Avett Brothers, "The Carpenter"
John Fullbright," From The Gr