The Grammy nominations have been announced in Nashville with a concert hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift.
The show mixed live performances from artists like Maroon 5, The Who and fun., some of whom turned out to be up for awards.
The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for top nominee – 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, earning a spot with the others at the top of the list as the Grammy's primetime television special came to his hometown Wednesday night.
Indie pop band fun., a featured performer during the show, aired live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on CBS, 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 the UK’s 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.
Swift and LL Cool J opened the show by putting together a beat-box version of Swift's hit Mean. Hayes displayed his versatility while announcing the best pop vocal album by singing snippets of each star's hit song.
Maroon 5 played headliner, singing three songs mid-show before finishing off the live broadcast. The group stuck around for an hour long performance afterward for the crowd in attendance.
Assisted by Monae, fun. reimagined We Are Young with orchestral strings as the crowd sang along, Ne-Yo, in wine-colored bowler, kicked things up with a cadre of dancers on his new club-infused song Let Me Love You.