Fresh acts triumphed over seasoned favorites in the marquee categories of Grammy Awards nominations announced Wednesday night, giving the top races a youthful tilt and giving the boot to such vets as Bonnie Raitt and Lionel Richie.
Battling for the coveted best-album trophy are Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, fun.'s Some Nights, Mumford & Sons' Babel, the Black Keys' El Camino and Jack White's Blunderbuss. Voters pushed lauded discs by Grammy-laden Boomers to lesser categories (Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, Raitt's Slipstream) or off the ballot entirely (Bob Dylan's Tempest, Richie's Tuskegee).
Ocean, Mumford and fun. lead the pack with six nods each, along with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Auerbach's band has five, as do Chick Corea and Miguel.
The Keys' Lonely Boy, Ocean's Thinkin Bout You and fun.'s We Are Young are up for record of the year against Kelly Clarkson's Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You), Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know and Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
Stronger and Young are also in the running for best song, given to composers, along with Ed Sheeran's The A Team, Miguel's Adorn and the committee-penned Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.