NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 05, 2012) — Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com) were announced tonight by The Recording Academy®
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“Wide Awake” is a song by American recording artist Katy Perry, from the album Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012). The song was written by Perry, Bonnie McKee, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter, and was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. The song was specifically written for Perry’s film Katy Perry: Part of Me, which plays during the end credits and from That’s Our Joe from the episode “Love Affair”. “Wide Awake” was released on May 22, 2012 by Capitol Records as the second single from the re-release and overall as the eighth and final single from the album.
Number of wins: 19
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, sometimes referred to as just “Stronger”, and originally known as “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, is a song by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson. It was written by Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, and Greg Kurstin; with Kurstin handling the production. It was sent to mainstream radio on January 17, 2012, by RCA Records as the second single from Clarkson’s fifth album, Stronger (2011). The track is an uptempo pop rock song that uses a vibrant beat pulsating with synth and electric guitar. According to Clarkson, the song was inspired by a Friedrich Nietzsche quote, translated to “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”, and its lyrics contain the theme of empowerment. The song has been received as an anthem for empowerment and recovery.
Number of wins: 11
“Rumour Has It” is a song by the English singer-songwriter Adele and last single from her second studio album, 21. The song was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder while the production was handled by Tedder. Adele revealed that the song was not inspired by the media but it was aimed at her friends who believed things they heard about her. Musically, “Rumour Has It” contains jazz, blues, and pop elements accompanied by a stomp beat and piano. It has been confirmed as the fourth single from 21 in the United States.
Number of wins: 10
“Where Have You Been” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011) serving as the fifth single. The song was written by Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Walter, Geoff Mack, and Calvin Harris, with the latter also producing the track with the assistance of Dr. Luke and Cirkut. “Where Have You Been” was released as the third international single from the album on May 8, 2012. The track is a dance-pop and techno house song that draws influence from trance, R&B and hip hop. It is backed by “hard, chilly synths” and contains a punk-inspired breakdown sequence. The song’s lyrics speak of a woman who is searching for a partner who will please her. “Where Have You Been” was met with positive reviews from most music critics, who likened the song to Talk That Talk’s lead single, “We Found Love”.
Number of wins: 10
“Call Me Maybe” is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen for her first EP Curiosity (2012). The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe as a folk song, but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay. Ramsay and young student Betty Mekonnen wrote the song on the Marianas Trench tour bus on their way home to Toronto. Mekonnen states that the song was originally written for her upcoming album but the song was written about Bryan Valderrama. It was released as the lead single from the EP on September 20, 2011, through 604 Records. After pop singers Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez tweeted about the song, Jepsen gained international attention and was signed to Schoolboy Records, releasing her single in the United States through the label. Musically, “Call Me Maybe” is an upbeat teen pop track that draws influences from dance-pop. Lyrically, the track alludes to the inconvenience that a love at first sight brings to a girl who hopes for a call back from a crush.
Number of wins: 9