Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Taylor Swift, and fun. will all hit the stage as performers at this year's 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, the Recording Academy announced today (January 9). Each of those acts is up for several statues, with Mumford & Sons, fun., and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach leading the pack with six nominations apiece (Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Jay-Z all received six nods as well). Without Auerbach's producer nomination, the Black Keys are eligible in five categories, while Rihanna and Swift each have a shot at three awards.
Mumford's Worst New Music-tagged Babel earned the English folk four-piece acknowledgements for Album of the Year and Best Americana Album; the LP's lead single, "I Will Wait," could win trophies for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance; the quartet's contribution to Pixar's Brave, "Learn Me Right," landed in the Best Song Written for Visual Media group; and the London band's Big Easy Express documentary could be dubbed Best Long Form Music Video.
Some Nights, fun.'s Best Albums of 2012 honoree, faces off against Babel and the Black Keys' El Camino for Album of the Year (also in the running: our Album of the Year, Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE and Jack White's super-popular-on-vinyl solo debut, Blunderbuss), and also could collect Best Pop Vocal Album. The New York pop trio will have to fight off Frank for Best New Artist — not to mention Alabama Shakes, Hunter Hayes, and the Lumineers. And, of course, fun.'s ubiquitous hit "We Are Young" has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
As previously mentioned, the Keys' Auerbach pulled down a producer nomination and the garage rock duo could take home Album of the Year, rounding out their four other nods: Best Rock Album for El Camino, and Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song for "Lonely Boy." Rihanna has a shot at three Gramophones: Best Pop Solo Performance for "Where Have You Been," Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the Jay-Z-featuring "Talk That Talk," and Best Short Form Music Video for "We Found Love." Also up for three awards is Swift, who could earn Record of the Year for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," but also has a chance to win Best Song Written for Visual Media (along with T. Bone Burnett and the Civil Wars) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (again with the Civil Wars) for Hunger Games ballad "Safe & Sound."
The 55th annual Grammy Awards, hosted once again by LL Cool J, will broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS on February 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST.