Grammy Nominations: Hunter Hayes, Lumineers, Alabama Shakes on Best New Artist List

Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Civil Wars Also Claim Multiple Nominations

Nominations went to most of the usual suspects, but Hunter Hayes, the Lumineers and Alabama Shakes are in the running for best new artist in the all-genre category at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

Additionally, Mumford & Sons joined Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Fun. and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach as the top nominees with six nominations each.

The news was revealed Wednesday night (Dec. 5) during The Grammy Nominations Concert Live — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night. Taylor Swift, who netted three nominations, and LL Cool J co-hosted the CBS special broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

With Hayes representing mainstream country and Alabama Shakes and the Lumineers reflecting the growing Americana influence, the three are nominated in the new artist category with Frank Ocean and Fun. Hayes received two other nominations — a country solo performance nod for “Wanted” and a country album mention for his self-titled major label debut. The Lumineers are also up for best Americana album for their self-titled release, and Alabama Shakes are nominated for best rock performance for “Hold On.”

Mumford & Sons’ Babel is nominated for all-genre album of the year and Americana album of the year. Their “I Will Wait” is up for best rock performance and best rock song. “Learn Me Right,” a song featured in the film Brave, is among the nominees for best song written for visual media. And the band’s involvement in the Big Easy Express film documentary is nominated for best long form video.

Swift is nominated for all-genre record of the year for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” She and the Civil Wars are up for best country duo/group performance for “Safe & Sound.” Swift, the Civil Wars’ John Paul White and Joy Williams share a nomination with T Bone Burnett for best song written for visual media for “Safe & Sound,” which is featured in the Hunger Games film soundtrack.

Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” is nominated for record of the year and best pop solo performance. Clarkson’s Stronger is among the best pop album nominees.

Eric Church‘s “Springsteen” and Ronnie Dunn‘s “Cost of Livin’” received two nominations each in the country solo performance and country song categories. Church wrote “Springsteen” with Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell. Dunn co-wrote “Cost of Livin’” with Phillip Coleman.

Wednesday’s concert marked the first time the Grammy nominations concert has been held in Nashville. As might be expected, the evening had an additional emphasis on country music with Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry performing the Johnny Cash-June Carter Cash classic “Jackson” and Hayes singing segments of songs by the pop vocal album nominees he musically announced. Luke Bryan performed his hit, “I Don’t Want This Night to End.”

Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Little Big Town and the Lumineers served as presenters on the show that included performances by Maroon 5, Ne-Yo and a collaboration between Janelle Monae and Fun. The Who, recipients of the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award, performed “Won’t Get Fooled Again” during a segment taped at the band’s Sunday night concert in Nashville.

The Grammy Awards will be presented at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

See photos from the event.

Here’s a list of the country, Americana, folk and bluegrass nominees:

Country Solo Performance

“Home,” Dierks Bentley

“Springsteen,” Eric Church

“Cost of Livin’,” Ronnie Dunn

“Wanted,” Hunter Hayes

“Over,” Blake Shelton

“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Country Duo/Group Performance

“Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band

“Pontoon,” Little Big Town

“Safe & Sound,” Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars

“On the Outskirts of Town,” the Time Jumpers

“I Just Come Here for the Music,” Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss

Country Song

“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
Songwriters: Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins

“Cost of Livin’,” Ronnie Dunn
Songwriters: Phillip Coleman, Ronnie Dunn

“Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band
Songwriters: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay

“So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” Alan Jackson
Songwriters: Jay Knowles, Adam Wright

“Springsteen,” Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell

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

Americana Album

The Carpenter, the Avett Brothers

From the Ground Up, John Fullbright

The Lumineers, the Lumineers

Babel, Mumford & Sons

Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Bluegrass Album

The Gospel Side Of, Dailey & Vincent

Life Finds a Way, the Grascals

Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail, Noam Pikelny

Scratch Gravel Road, Special Consensus

Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers

Folk Album

Leaving Eden
Carolina Chocolate Drops

Election Special
Ry Cooder

Hambone’s Meditations
Luther Dickinson

The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile

This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, Various Artists