Grammy Nominations Skew Older (Again!) Justin Bieber Snubbed 1

Rappers Jay Z and Kanye West dominate Grammys again.

Kanye West and Jay-Z were some of the familiar faces among nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards that once again are skewed to older artists, probably a refection of the age of Grammy voters.

Outside of the best new artist category, there were mostly familiar faces among this year’s nominees for major awards. To be eligible their work had to be released between Oct. 2011 and Sept. 2012.

Of course, there were notable exceptions, which helps the stodgy Grammy Awards maintained credibility. The awards are considered the most prestigious in the industry and are voted on by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The four top categories are Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist because they are not restricted by genre.

British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons and five other acts West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and indie group, fun., received six nods each. Only fun. is new.

Justin Bieber released his third studio album Believe in June, which he said mark a different direction in his career, but not one that Grammy voters apparently thought was significant. Bieber mentor Usher grabbed one nod Best R&B performance for song off Looking 4 Myself.

But Bieber protege, pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen was a surprise nominee for two awards, including best song and best solo performance.

One of the biggest faces in rap this year, Nicki Minaj, also garnered no nominations, despite her unique style, rap talent and the success of her record Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, although it was part re-release from 2010’s Pink Friday.

“American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard released his album Letters from Birmingham, and Idol’s Adam Lambert released Trespassed and both came up empty handed.

Among past winners, Madonna released MDNA, Norah Jones released Little Broken Hearts

Also on the outside looking in is new UK boy bands The Wanted and One Direction, a creation of Simon Cowell that apparently scored low on credibility with Grammy voters, despite two new albums. The didn’t even make best new artists.

Frank Ocean is an exception. This is his first trip to the Grammys as a nominee. He’s up for five awards including Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Album of the Year.

Indie band fun. is also a new entry. The band formed in 2008 and has released two albums, including this year’s Some Nights. They scored nominations on the strength of their hit song “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae. They’re up for Best New Artist, song and record of the year and Album of the Year.

Florence And The Machine was nominated in 2010 as best new artist and is up for two awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Shake It Out” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Ceremonials.

Potential Grammy nominees must clear two rounds of voting. Academy members are supposed to vote on quality alone, without considering sales, chart performance, personal friendships, regional preferences or company loyalty.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Gramaphones will be handed out in 81 categories. Check out the nominees for major awards, and to the Grammys site for a full list of award nominees.

Grammy Nominees Major Categories
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

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

Song Of The Year
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
Adorn – Miguel Pimentel
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ – Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Pop Solo Performance
Set Fire To The Rain [live] – Adele
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
Where Have You Been – Rihanna

Best Pop Vocal Album
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Ceremonials’ – Florence & the Machine
Some Nights – Fun.
Overexposed – Maroon 5
The Truth About Love – Pink

Best Rock Performance
Hold On – Alabama Shakes
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
Charlie Brown – Coldplay
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
We Take Care Of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
I’m Alive – Anthrax
Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm
Blood Brothers – Iron Maiden
Ghost Walking – Lamb Of God
No Reflection – Marilyn Manson
Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) – Megadeth

Best Rock Song
Freedom at 21 – Jack White
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
Madness’ – Muse
We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen

Best Rock Album
El Camino – The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
The 2nd Law – Muse
Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss – Jack White

Best Dance Recording
Levels’ – Avicii
Let’s Go’ – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-yo

‘Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Wonderland – Steve Aoki
Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
Album Title Goes Here – Deadmau5
Fire & Ice – Kaskade
Bangarang – Skrillex

Best Alternative Music Album
The Idler Wheel… – Fiona Apple
Biophilia – Björk
Making Mirrors – Gotye
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. – M83
Bad As Me – Tom Waits

Best R&B Song
Adorn – Miguel Pimentel
Beautiful Surprise’ – Tamia
Heart Attack – Trey Songz
Pray For Me – Anthony Hamilton
Refill – Elle Varner

Best R&B Album
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back – R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise – Tamia
Open Invitation – Tyrese

Best Rap Performance
Hyfr (Hell Ya … Right) – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne
… In Paris – Jay-z & Kanye West
Daughters- Nas
Mercy – Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
I Do – Young Jeezy featuring Jay-z & André 3000

Best Rap Song
Daughters – Nas
Lotus Flower Bomb – Wale
Mercy – Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
The Motto – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne
… In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West
Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars

Best Rap Album
Take Care’ – Drake
Food & Liquor II – Lupe Fiasco
Life Is Good’ – Nas
Undun’ – The Roots
God Forgives, I Don’t’ – Rick Ross
Based On A T.r.u. Story’ – 2 Chainz

Best Country Solo Performance
Home – Dierks Bentley
Springsteen – Eric Church
Cost Of Livin – Ronnie Dunn
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Over – Blake Shelton
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood fea. Alison Krauss

Best Country Song
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Cost Of Livin – Ronnie Dunn
Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ – Eli Young Band
So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore – Alan Jackson
Springsteen -Eric Church

Best Country Album
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes
Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson
Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers