Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean Square Off W/ Leading Grammy Nods

Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean Square Off W/ Leading Grammy Nods

Rap mogul Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean lead the upcoming 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony with a total of six nominations each.

Along with the threesome, three other acts managed to land six nods at last night’s Grammy announcement celebration in Los Angeles.

Six artists were tied for the most nominations: the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach; FUN; Jay-Z; Mumford & Sons; Frank Ocean; and Kanye West each scored six. But with Jay-Z and West mostly relegated to the rap categories, it’s really all about the other four, who all are up for the prestigious album of the year. (People)

Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange will also contend for the prestigious Album of the Year award.

Ocean was nominated for three of the four major awards: In addition to his album-of-the-year nod, he is in contention for record of the year (“Thinkin’ Bout You”) and best new artist, which included some heavy competition: Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes and the Lumineers. (Chicago Tribune)

Rap stars like Nas, Drake and 2 Chainz will have a chance to contend for Grammy gold.

Rap Album: “Take Care,” Drake; “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1,” Lupe Fiasco; “Life Is Good,” Nas; “Undun,” The Roots; “God Forgives, I Don’t,” Rick Ross; “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” Chainz. (CBS News)

Rap icon LL Cool J and country singer Taylor Swift hosted last night’s Grammy Nominations event.

Swift hosted the CBS special with LL Cool J and it featured performances by The Who and Maroon 5, who received multiple nominations. The five-year-old nominations show spent its first year outside Los Angeles, making its debut in Nashville, Tenn., at the Bridgestone Arena. It marked the largest venue the show has been held in. The 55th annual Grammy Awards take place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. (Washington Post)

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony airs Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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