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The Grammy Awards You Don't Hear About


You know the big names: Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kanye West.

You probably know some of the upstarts: The Black Keys, Gotye, Frank Ocean, Skrillex, Fun.

And you might know a few of the categories: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist.

But when the 55th Annual Grammy Awards air live on Sunday at 8:00p.m. ET, did you know they’ll be giving out a total of 81 of those golden gramophones?

After completely overhauling the categories last year, the Recording Academy added a few more for 2013. Of course host LL Cool J won’t have time to preside over each one, so only the most popular are televised.

And while it’s exciting to see your favorite artists take the stage, scoping out some of the less well-known names and the categories they fall into can be a great way to discover cool new tunes. You can check out the comprehensive list of nominees at Grammy.com, but for starters take a look at the assortment below — and then maybe have a listen…

Best Americana Album

"The Carpenter," The Avett Brothers

"From The Ground Up," John Fullbright

"The Lumineers," The Lumineers

"Babel," Mumford & Sons

"Slipstream," Bonnie Raitt 

Best Gospel Song

"Go Get It," Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters Mary Mary

"Hold On," Cheryl Fortune, James Fortune & Terence Vaughn, songwriters James Fortune & FIYA, Monica & Fred Hammond, Track from: Identity

"I Feel Good," Phillip Feaster, Fred Hammond, Jonathan Miller & Calvin Rodgers, songwriters Fred Hammond, Track from: God, Love & Romance

"My Testimony," Aaron Lindsey & Marvin Sapp, songwriters Marvin Sapp, Track from: I Win

"Released," Donald Lawrence, songwriter, Bill Winston & Living Word Featuring Donald Lawrence 

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

"Cross Roads," Ravi Coltrane, soloist - Track from: Spirit Fiction

"Hot House," Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists - Track from: Hot House

"Alice In Wonderland," Chick Corea, soloist - Track from: Further Explorations, Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian

"J. Mac," Kenny Garrett, soloist  Track from: Seeds From The Underground

"Ode," Brad Mehldau, soloist - Track from: Ode (Brad Mehldau Trio) 

Best Tropical Latin Album

"Cubano Soy," Raúl Lara Y Sus Soneros

"Desde Nueva York A Puerto Rico," Eddie Montalvo

"Retro," Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña

"Formula Vol. 1," Romeo Santos 

Best Classical Compendium

Partch: Bitter Music, Partch, ensemble; John Schneider, producer

Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis - Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers

Une Fête Baroque, Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor; Daniel Zalay, producer 

Best Recording Package

Biophilia, Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors Björk

Boys & Girls,  Brett Kilroe, art director Alabama Shakes

Charmer, Gail Marowitz, art director Aimee Mann

Love This Giant, Noah Wall, art director David Byrne & St. Vincent

Swing Lo Magellan, David Longstreth, art director Dirty Projectors 

Best Song Written For Visual Media

"Abraham's Daughter" (From "The Hunger Games"), T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne, songwriters Arcade Fire

"Learn Me Right" (From "Brave"), Mumford & Sons, songwriters Birdy & Mumford & Sons

"Let Me Be Your Star" (From "Smash"), Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, songwriters Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty

"Man Or Muppet" (From "The Muppets"), Bret McKenzie, songwriter Jason Segel & Walter

"Safe & Sound" (From "The Hunger Games"), T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"Wild Ones," Flo Rida Featuring Sia - Track from: Wild Ones

"No Church In The Wild," Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream Track from: Watch The Throne

"Tonight (Best You Ever Had),"  John Legend Featuring Ludacris

"Cherry Wine,"  Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse Track from: Life Is Good

"Talk That Talk," Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z- Track from: Talk That Talk