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Wednesday
Dec052012

Grammy Nominations Announced Tonight: Whose Names Will Be Called?

Island Def JamLast time around, Adele was Queen of the Grammys.  Which artists' names will be called tonight, when the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards are announced?  The nominees in the top categories will be revealed on the CBS primetime special The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!, co-hosted by Grammy winners LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, and airing live from Nashville, Tennessee tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

In addition to the revelation of the nominees for the music industry's highest honor, the special will also feature musical performances by Ne-Yo, pop stars Maroon 5 and fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, rock legends The Who and country stars The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

So, who'll be racking up the nods tonight?  Billboard.com editor Tye Comer tells ABC News Radio that unlike earlier this year, when it was wall-to-wall Adele, Grammy is likely to spread the love among a handful of nominees in the top categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.  The one name he's convinced will figure in all four categories: Frank Ocean.

"I do think that he created one of the best albums of 2012," Comer says of Ocean's Channel Orange album, which even Adele raved about via Twitter.  He tells ABC News Radio. "I think that not only is he a shoo-in for the Best New Artist nomination, I think that he could surprise people with a Best Song and Best Record nomination for 'Thinkin Bout You,' and possibly even a Best Album nomination."

In addition, according to Comer, music veterans, including Lionel Richie, may also see their latest albums recognized.

Here are a few more artists albums and songs that may be in the mix Wednesday night: Rihanna for Talk That Talk and Alicia Keys for "Girl on Fire."

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