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Originally published December 07, 2012

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Frank Ocean Lead Grammy Nominee List

by Alexis Taylor
AFRO Staff Writer

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    2013 Grammy Awards Nominees (Courtesy Image)

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The Recording Academy has released its official list of nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards this week, with seasoned artists such as Anita Baker, SWV, and Beyonce mixed in with newcomers like Frank Ocean.

Elle Varner could take the prize for Best R&B Song for her hit “Refill.” Robert Glasper’s name showed up in the Best R&B Album hat for his “Black Radio” project.

“I am so extremely honored to have received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance,” said London-bred artist Estelle in a Facebook status update. “I couldn't have done it without all of you.”

Rappers Drake and Lil’ Wayne will go against Jay-Z and Kanye West as “HYFR” and “N****s In Paris” duke it out in the Best Rap Performance category along with Nas, for “Daughters.” Both Jay-Z and Kanye have two nominations in this category for their performances of “I Do” and “Mercy,” respectively.

Jay-Z, Kanye, and Frank Ocean were all nominated a total of six times, along with other top nominees Dan Auerbach, and Fun.

Sisters Mary Mary could snag the trophy in the Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music category. Audiences have watched the pair juggle raising their families while also recording albums with songs like the nominated “Go Get It” on their hit WE TV reality show, “Mary Mary.”

Artists who completed work between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept.30 of this year competed for awards in a total of 81 separate categories.

The 55th Grammy Awards will be on held Feb.10 at the Los Angeles Staple Center and can be viewed live on CBS at 8 p.m..