Nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are definitely some surprises in the bunch. To be nominated, the music in question had to have been released between September 1, 2009, and September 30, 2010. Some highlights among the nominees, in alphabetical order:

  • Arcade Fire (3): Album Of The Year (The Suburbs), Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Ready To Start”), Best Alternative Music Album (The Suburbs)
  • Band Of Horses: Best Alternative Music Album (Infinite Arms)
  • Devendra Banhart: Best Recording Package (What Will We Be)
  • The Black Keys (5): Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Tighten Up”), Best Rock Instrumental Performance (“Black Mud”), Best Rock Song (“Tighten Up”), Best Alternative Music Album (Brothers), Best Recording Package (Brothers)
  • B.O.B., Eminem and Hayley Williams: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (“Airplanes, Part II”)
  • Broken Bells: Best Alternative Music Album (Broken Bells)
  • Flight Of The Conchords: Best Comedy Album (I Told You I Was Freaky)
  • Florence + The Machine: Best New Artist
  • Green Day: Best Musical Show Album (American Idiot)
  • Kings Of Leon (2): Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Radioactive”), Best Rock Song (“Radioactive”)
  • Lamb Of God: Best Metal Performance (“In Your Words”)
  • Mumford And Sons (2): Best New Artist, Best Rock Song (“Little Lion Man”)
  • Muse (3): Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Resistance”), Best Rock Song (“Resistance”), Best Rock Album (The Resistance)
  • Paramore: Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“The Only Exception”)
  • Pixies: Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package (Minotaur deluxe edition)
  • Slayer: Best Metal Performance (“World Painted Blood”)
  • Switchfoot: Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album (Hello Hurricane)
  • Them Crooked Vultures: Best Hard Rock Performance (“New Fang”)
  • They Might Be Giants: Best Musical Album For Children (Here Comes Science)
  • Vampire Weekend: Best Alternative Music Album (Contra)
  • The White Stripes: Best Boxed Of Special Limited Edition Package (Under Great White Northern Lights), Best Long Form Music Video (Under Great White Northern Lights)

The ceremony will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2010, and will air on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. EST. You can find the full list of nominees here.