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Finally, The Grammys Are Awesome!

The nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards represent a perfect intersection of music that is both popular AND good.

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The nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards were announced last night, and for once, the voting body honored a crop of artists who are both popular and critically acclaimed. It's a pretty amazing list with major nods for established acts like Jack White, Florence and the Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift, as well as up-and-coming stars like Frank Ocean, who is a contender in three of the top categories.

Record of the Year

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"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

Song of the Year

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"The A Team" - Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

"Adorn" - Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

"Call Me Maybe" - Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

"We Are Young" - Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

Nearly every category is competitive. It may be easy to predict who will likely go home with a statue, but the quality level is so high in the major categories that come show night, everyone will be biting their nails.

Who doesn't love the possibility of Skrillex performing at the Grammys?

Best Dance Recording

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"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 Pop Solo Performance

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"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 Rap Performance

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"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

The "Alternative Music" category has a wonderful "island of misfit toys" flavor this year.

Best Alternative Music Album

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The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple

Biophilia - Björk

Making Mirrors - Gotye

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - M83

Bad As Me - Tom Waits

Check out a complete list of nominees here.

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