Nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were announced last week during a live telecast concert on CBS. Hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, nominees in several major categories were announced before an arena of music fans in Tennessee.

It was an awesome idea to announce the nominees in such grand fashion. The show also featured some of the years biggest stars, making it even more exciting. I enjoyed it more than any award show this season, and nobody even won anything yet.

Props to my girl, Kelly Clarkson. Her name came up several times, including noms for the coveted Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Stronger (What Doesnt Kill You), Best Pop Album for Stronger and Best Pop Vocal Solo Performance for Stronger.

Clarkson is already a two-time Grammy winner, but this year everything seemed to fall into place, personally and professionally (lets pretend Duets didnt happen).

Clarkson is up against some major competition in each of her prospective categories, including the band Fun. Funs We Are Young goes head-to-head with Stronger for both Record and Song of the year honors. Funs album, Some Nights is also nominated for Best Pop Album along with Stronger (Clarkson), Overexposed (Maroon 5), The Truth About Love (Pink), and Ceremonials (Florence + The Machine).

I think Fun is going to dominate, but Clarkson has the best chance for Best Pop Album.

Best New Artist is always a head-scratcher for me. Its too difficult to see an obvious winner anymore. Each year, nominees become even more diverse. Fun is up against Alabama Shakes, Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers and Frank Ocean. I can see reasons any of those could win, but itll probably come down to Fun and The Lumineers. Fun has lived up to its name, and the groups songs seemed to capture a moment this year, resonating with listeners. I know the album did for me. Upset contender is Frank Ocean the young hip-hop artist broke new ground and not necessarily with his music. He came out.

I was caught off-guard when Album of the Year nominees were announced. Those I expected to see I didnt, expect for maybe Babel by Mumford & Sons, and those that were nominated surprised me. El Camino (The Black Keys) totally slipped under the radar for me as did Blunderbuss (Jack White) and Channel Orange (Frank Ocean). Some Nights by Fun rounded out the category.

Fun, Jay-Z, Paul Auerbach from The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West are in a six-way tie for the most, but even bigger news was who was left out including Lionel Richies album Tuskegee and Phillip Phillips single Home.

Justin Biebers snub is no surprise. Folks, hes not good. The fact hes upset he was snubbed makes it even more amusing to me. Can someone please tell him that the Grammys are for real artists who have talent and that seventh graders dont have a say in them?

David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.