Grammy Nominations Announced: Scores, Snubs and Surprises!

Taylor Swift and L.L. Cool J revealed this year's nominees. Find out which artists made the cut and which ones were left behind!

This year's Grammy Award nominations were announced on CBS Wednesday night during a live nominees concert in Nashville, hosted by Taylor Swift and L.L. Cool J. A mix of newcomers -- Frank Ocean, fun. -- and veteran musicians -- Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys -- were nominated for the top categories, while some fan favorites notably failed to make the cut.

Five acts scored six nominations a piece: hip hop icons Jay-Z and Kanye West, folk rockers Mumord & Sons and newcomers Frank Ocean and fun. The Black Keys and Miguel both followed closely behind, earning five nods each -- while The Black Keys' guitarist, Dan Auerbach, received an additional solo nod for producer of the year.

Ocean and fun. have the distinction of being nominated for record of the year, album of the year, and best new artist -- while fun. also earned a nod for song of the year for their ubiquitous teen anthem "We Are Young."

The best new artist nominees surprisingly did not include British boy band One Direction, Australian indie rocker Gotye, or arguably the most covered artist of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen -- although her extremely catchy "Call Me Maybe" was deservedly recognized for song of the year and best pop vocal performance. Instead, the nominees joining fun. and Ocean are Las Vegas rockers Lumineers (whose song "Ho Hey" is seemingly in every commercial and film trailer), old-school rockers Alabama Shakes, and adorable country wunderkind Hunter Hayes (who's only 21!).

Original American Idol champion Kelly Clarkson continues to prove her resilience with four nominations for record and song for "Stronger," whereas her fellow Idol alum, Carrie Underwood received just one nod for best country solo performance for "Blown Away."

Taylor Swift had to settle for one top nomination (for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together") and two others for her collaboration with the Civil Wars on the Hunger Games track "Safe & Sound." However, her new hit album Red will be eligible for next year's Grammys -- so she has something exciting to look forward to!

In rock news, Ohio-bred duo The Black Keys and English folk quartet Mumford & Sons will battle it out for album of the year, best rock performance and best rock song (but interestingly not best rock album, since Mumford & Sons is nominated in the best Americana genre instead).

And if you're missing some of your favorite musical ladies, don't fret. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Adele and Pink may not be included in the top categories, but you can find them over in the pop categories. And the same goes for Beyonce, whose only nomination is for best traditional R&B performance for "Love on Top."

But one huge star who was noticeably absent from the entire list is Justin Bieber. His new album, Believe, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, but he got no love from the Grammy board. Do you think they made a mistake?

Here's the list of the major category nominations.

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

Album of the Year
The Black Keys, El Camino
fun., Some Nights
Mumford & Sons, Babel
Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
Jack White, Blunderbuss

Song of the Year
"The A Team," Ed Sheeran, songwriter
"Adorn," Miguel Pimentel, songwriter
"Call Me Maybe,"  Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters
"We Are Young," Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters

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

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, "Set Fire to the Rain"
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 Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Florence & The Machine, Ceremonials
Fun., Some Nights
Maroon 5, Overexposed 
Pink, The Truth About Love

Best Country Solo Performance
Dierks Bentley, "Home" 
Ronnie Dunn, "Cost Of Livin'"
Hunter Hayes "Wanted" 
Blake Shelton, "Over" 
Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

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

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Feb. 10 on CBS from L.A.'s Staples Center. For a complete list of the nominations, check out the official Grammys website.

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