Out lesbians dominate Grammy’s ‘spoken word’ category

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Nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were released on Dec. 5 and one category – Best Spoken Word Album – is dominated by out lesbians.

Openly lesbian entertainers Janis Ian and Ellen DeGeneres and out journalist Rachel Maddow are nominated in the category. The other nominees are former President Bill Clinton, for “Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy,” and first lady Michelle Obama, for “American Grown.”

Ian is nominated for the audio version of her autobiography, “Society’s Child,” which is punctuated by her vocals of choruses and relevant lines of her songs that describe each chapter of her life. Rachel Maddow is nominated for “The Unmooring Of American Military Power” and DeGeneres is nominated for the audio version of her book “Seriously... I'm Kidding.”

The awards show will take place on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be live broadcast on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), FUN., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West topped the nominations with six each; The Black Keys, Chick Corea, and Miguel each received five nods; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards.

Following is a sampling of nominations in 81 categories from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields:

Album Of The Year:

El Camino — The Black Keys

Some Nights — FUN.

Babel — Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss — Jack White

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

Best New Artist:

Alabama Shakes

FUN.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Song Of The Year:

“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)

POP FIELD

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 Duo/Group Performance:

“Shake It Out” — Florence & The Machine

“We Are Young” — FUN. Featuring Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra

“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO 

“Payphone” — Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa 

DANCE FIELD

Best Dance/Electronica Album:

Wonderland — Steve Aoki

Don’t Think — The Chemical Brothers

> Album Title Goes Here < — Deadmau5 Fire & Ice — Kaskade Bangarang — Skrillex

ROCK FIELD

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 Album:

El Camino — The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto — Coldplay

The 2nd Law — Muse

Wrecking Ball — Bruce Springsteen

Blunderbuss — Jack White

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album

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

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance:

“Thank You” — Estelle

“Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)” — Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi

“I Want You” — Luke James

“Adorn” — Miguel

“Climax” — Usher

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Fortune — Chris Brown

Kaleidoscope Dream — Miguel

Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

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

RAP FIELD

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“Wild Ones” — Flo Rida Featuring Sia 

“No Church In The Wild” — Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” — John Legend Featuring Ludacris

“Cherry Wine” — Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse

“Talk That Talk” — Rihanna Feautring Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance:

“HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)” — Drake Featuring Lil Wayne

“N****s 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 Album

Take Care — Drake

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 — 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

COUNTRY FIELD

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

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

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD 

Best Americana Album:

The Carpenter — The Avett Brothers

From The Ground Up — John Fullbright

The Lumineers — The Lumineers

Babel — Mumford & Sons

Slipstream — Bonnie Raitt

Best Blues Album:

33 1/3 — Shemekia Copeland

Locked Down — Dr. John

Let It Burn — Ruthie Foster

And Still I Rise — Heritage Blues Orchestra

Bring It On Home — Joan Osborne

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album:

American Grown (Michelle Obama) — Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers (Various Artists)

Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy — Bill Clinton

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power — Rachel Maddow

Seriously…I’m Kidding — Ellen DeGeneres

Society’s Child: My Autobiography — Janis Ian

COMEDY FIELD

Best Comedy Album

Blow Your Pants Off — Jimmy Fallon

Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) — Margaret Cho

In God We Rust — Lewis Black

Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class — Kathy Griffin

Mr. Universe — Jim Gaffigan

Rize Of The Fenix — Tenacious D