Kimbra caps amazing year with Grammy nod

Kimbra at the Australian music industry Aria Awards. Photo/AP
Kimbra at the Australian music industry Aria Awards. Photo/AP

Kimbra and Gotye have managed yet another accolade for their hit song Somebody That I Used To Know, with the Melbourne-based artists nominated for record of the year at the Grammy Awards.

The nomination caps a highly successful year for Kimbra, who is originally from Hamilton.

She won five Tuis including best album at the New Zealand Music Awards and was named female artist of the year at the Australian Arias.

Gotye and Kimbra were also nominated for the best pop duo/group performance Grammy, while Gotye's album Making Mirrors will compete in the category for best alternative music album.

Six different artists tied for top nominee at the nominations concert in Nashville on Wednesday - 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.

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

The top 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. rode the success of its anthemic hit We Are Young, featuring Janelle Monae, to sweep of the major categories, earning nods for best new artist, song and record for We Are Young and album of the year for Some Nights. The band's producer Jeff Bhasker is up for four nominations.

R&B singer Ocean made a bold social statement earlier this year when he noted he had a same-sex relationship in the liner notes of his new album channel ORANGE, and The Recording Academy rewarded him with the major nominations best new artist, record for Thinkin Bout You and album of the year.

And British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, which made an auspicious debut in front of an international audience during the 2011 Grammys, is up for album of the year for Babel, one of 2012's best-selling releases.

Miguel, who helped Ocean shake up the R&B world this year, and jazz great Chick Correa join the Keys with five nominations apiece. Nas and recording engineer Bob Ludwig join Bhasker at four apiece.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10 in Los Angeles. Trophies will be handed out in 81 categories.

Nominees announced Wednesday in top categories for the 55th annual Grammy Awards:

Grammy nominations:

Album of the Year

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

Record of the Year

Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young - Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye, featuring Kimbra
Thinkin Bout You - Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

Fun.
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Song of the Year

The A Team - Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
Adorn - Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
Call Me Maybe - Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen and Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin and Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
We Are Young - Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe)

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