Alternative artists take center stage at Grammy Awards

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- The Grammy Awards are scheduled to be handed out Sunday in Los Angeles. Many new artists are up for top awards.

    "We are young" could be the theme of "The 55th Annual Grammy Awards." This year, the spotlight isn't on veterans like Springsteen or Dylan. It's about fun., and The Black Keys, and Mumford and Sons, and Frank Ocean and Jack White. They're all nominated for "Album of the Year," and they're all in their 20s or 30s.

    In addition, Mumford and Sons, Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, Frank Ocean and fun. go into Sunday's ceremony with six nods apiece matching nominations earned by hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Kanye West.

    But this past year, attention was focused on the breakout stars, most notably fun., the power pop trio from New York and Frank Ocean, the New Orleans R&B singer who shot to stardom with this emotional performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," where he sang about an unrequited love with another man.

    Both Ocean and fun. are nominated for "Best New Artist," along with country multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes. He says, "It's awesome to have nominations for my debut record."

    Also nominated is blues-rock group Alabama Shakes and folk-rock trio, The Lumineers.

    On Sunday, look for Justin Timberlake's first Grammy performance in four years and Rihanna's first solo turn at the Grammys since a physical altercation with Chris Brown caused her to cancel in 2009, and a collaboration featuring Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna.

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