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Frank Ocean, Grammys: Singer Nominated For 6 Awards, Including Best Album Of The Year & Best New Artist

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Frank Ocean, the R&B standout of the year, is nominated for six awards at the 2013 Grammys. The Odd Future member and "Thinkin Bout You" singer lined up nods for Best New Artist, Record of the Year ("Thinkin Bout You"), Album of the Year ("channel ORANGE"), Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap Sung Collaboration (with Kanye West and Jay-Z on "No Church in the Wild") and Best Short Form Music Video (for "No Church in the Wild").

That ties Ocean with Kanye West, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, fun., Jay-Z and Mumford & Sons, who each remarkable scored six nominations.

Ocean was heavily favored as a nominee for Best New Artist, much-deserved hype built on the strength of not only his debut studio album, "channel ORANGE," but also his earlier mixtapes (his self-released "nostalgia ULTRA" was rated one of the best albums of 2011). Come Feb. 10, 2013, Ocean could be among the more decorated musicians at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Other artists who enjoyed a similar level of pre-nominations buzz included Mumford & Sons, whose "Babel" was expected to contend for Album of the Year against Ocean's disc.

While critics often gripe about the Grammys' somewhat peculiar way of picking nominees and awarding winners, the awards continue to live up to their motto, Music's Biggest Night. According to the Grammys, the award telecast attracted 39.9 million viewers last year -- the largest TV audience since 1984.

The nominations were announced during Tuesday's Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a one-hour special that aired live from Nashville and was hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J. As with the nominations, CBS will exclusively air the broadcast of the award show.

Photos from last year's show and our live blog of the nominations proceedings are available below.

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards have come to a close. Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys was a big winner, but Frank Ocean, fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West & Jay-Z were all honored with Grammys.

From all of us here at HuffPost Entertainment, we hope you enjoyed the show. See you again on Feb. 24 for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Here's Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift again, just because:

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Your complete list of Grammy winners, from fun. to The Black Keys to Mumford & Sons.

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@ johannacox : Not enough Beyonce and nowhere near enough Solange. #grammys

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@ TVWithoutPity : Wow, the closing #Grammys jam was bumrushed by sponsor shout-outs. Thought it was MCA forever, not commerce forever.

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LL Cool J gets cut off saying good night on the Grammys. Hashtag that, LL.

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This amalgam of rockers and hip-hop stars perform "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" to honor the late MCA. CBS, however, cuts them off with an rundown of the night's sponsors. Classy.

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Closing the Grammys in style.

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LL Cool J now making Grammys threats.

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Apparently, it does. Too bad, because they're good?

More on Mumford & Sons' big Grammys night can be found here.

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After The Black Keys won multiple awards and Frank Ocean performed to raves, was the Mumford & Sons win in the Album of the Year Grammys category an upset? More on the band's win here.

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@ vulture : Oh god it's Carey Mulligan looking so happy #grammys

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Mumford & Sons' "Babel" topped favorites like Frank Ocean, fun., The Black Keys and Jack White.

"We figured we wouldn't win anything because The Black Keys had been sweeping up all day," lead singer Marcus Mumford joked.

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She's British.

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@ m1keh0gan : This is definitely lifted from Kraftwerk's MoMA concert last year.

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@ ml_boardman : Can Frank Ocean start a line of headbands?

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@ ditzkoff : If they don't get Tom Hanks into this performance of "Forrest Gump," it's never happening.

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Run, Forrest, run.

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But not before covering Elton John #grammys

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Jason Sudeikis voices Applebee's commercials now.

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They're probably talking about "Girls."

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Elton John dedicates the Levon Helm tribute to the children and school teachers who lost their lives during the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

John, Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and T Bone Burnett performed "The Weight" by The Band to honor Helm, who was the band's drummer.

More on the Levon Helm tribute here.

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The Beastie Boys' MCA gets a big ovation from the Grammys crowd when his name is shown during the In Memoriam segment.

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R.I.P. Andy Williams, Davy Jones, Andy Griffith, Donna Summer, Marvin Hamlisch, Dick Clark and more.

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That's the point of this segment with Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake. It's a good message on a night of excess.

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Here's a picture of Prince at the Grammys:


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What's Record of the Year? Here you go:

The category celebrates the achievement of the artist as well as the producers, mixers and engineers who worked on the track, unlike Song of the Year, which awards only writers.

Gotye won Record of the Year; he accepted the award from Prince, obviously.

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Kelly Clarkson, continuing to win Grammys night:

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