Mumford & Sons fly flag for Britain at Grammys

The folk-rockers have had huge success in the US. Picture: Wattie Cheung
The folk-rockers have had huge success in the US. Picture: Wattie Cheung
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British folk-rock act Mumford & Sons are in the running for six Grammy awards as they continue to enjoy huge US success.

The band, who have seen massive sales for second album Babel, are among half a dozen artists that each have six nominations for the annual ceremony, to be staged in February.

They are up for one of the biggest prizes of the night, album of the year, against the likes of Jack White and Frank Ocean.

And curiously for a UK band, the Mumfords are also up for the prize of best Americana album, against the likes of Bonnie Raitt and the Lumineers.

Their haul of nominations also includes best rock performance and best rock song for I Will Wait.

The other acts that received six nods were Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, fun and Dan Auerbach – who was given five nominations as a member of the Black Keys and one as producer of the year.

A number of UK acts found themselves up for prizes in the 81 categories, including Adele, who dominated this year’s event in February with six wins. This time she is up for just best pop solo performance for a live version of Set Fire To The Rain.

Ed Sheeran is nominated for song of the year for The A Team, while Florence and The Machine could be up for two prizes with Shake It Out up for best pop group performance and Ceremonials a contender for best pop vocal album.

Sir Paul McCartney is shortlisted for two prizes – best traditional pop vocal album for Kisses On The Bottom and best historical album for the reissue of Ram.

Muse are up for a pair – best rock song with Madness and best rock album for The 2nd Law. Coldplay also landed two nominations, with Mylo Xyloto competing for best rock album and the song Charlie Brown 
battling for best rock performance.

The Chemical Brothers are shortlisted for best dance/electronica album with Don’t Think and Iron Maiden are in the running for the best hard rock/metal prize with the track Blood Brothers.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards are to be staged in Los Angeles on 10 February.


El Camino - The Black Keys

Some Nights - fun.

Babel - Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange - Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss - Jack White


Lonely Boy - Black Keys

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson

We Are Young - fun. featuring Janelle Monae

Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye featuring Kimbra

Thinkin Bout You - Frank Ocean

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift


Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

SONG OF THE YEAR (Songwriter’s award)

The A Team - Ed Sheeran, songwriter

Adorn - Miguel Pimentel, songwriter

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

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) - Jörgen Elofsson, David

Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters

We Are Young - Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters


Stronger - Kelly Clarkson

Ceremonials - Florence and the Machine

Some Nights - fun.

Overexposed - Maroon 5

The Truth About Love - Pink


El Camino - The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay

The 2nd Law - Muse

Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen

Blunderbuss - Jack White


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


Black Radio - Robert Glasper Experiment

Back To Love - Anthony Hamilton

Write Me Back - R. Kelly

Beautiful Surprise - Tamia

Open Invitation - Tyrese


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


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