Sunday 19 November 2017

Rap and country duet sets tone for Grammys

THIS year's Grammys are tipped to be the closest yet, with a variety of artists and music styles in the running.

And if to prove the point, the nominations were announced last night with an opening duet by country singer Taylor Swift and rap artist LL Cool J.

This year six different artists tied for lead nominee -- Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.

Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the year.

"We're speechless," Auerbach said.

The rockers little resemble any of the other acts at the top of the list.

The nominations for Jay-Z and West, two of hip-hop's most important figures, is a familiar refrain.

Each has routinely been at or near the top of the nominations list for the last several years.

Indie pop band fun., a featured performer during the show, rode the success of its anthemic hit We Are Young to sweep the major categories, earning nods for best new artist, song and record for We Are Young and album of the year for Some Nights.


"When you call your band fun. with a period at the end of the sentence, you set a very high standard for yourself and for fun itself," Taylor Swift, the concert's co-host, said in introducing them. "Fortunately this band from New York has lived up to the name in the best possible way."

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10 in Los Angeles.


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