The nominees have been announced for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, and ex-pats are the state's best chance to take home hardware.

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Frank Ocean

This year, Louisiana's best hopes of bringing home Grammys come from people who've left the state for bigger success. Christopher Breaux was a singer, songwriter and student at UNO before he moved to Los Angeles, became Frank Ocean and released the excellent Nostalgia Ultra mixtape and, this year, Channel Orange, which earned him four nominations including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Hunter Hayes began as a child accordion prodigy; now he's playing country music, and when he sang "Wanted" in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as part of The Flaming Lips' 24-hour tour, three girls standing in front of him almost blushed themselves to death. That sort of charisma and musical strength paid off with nomination in the Best New Artist, Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance categories. 

The Grammys will be awarded February 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. on CBS. Here's the list of categories in which Louisiana has a rooting interest. If I've missed somebody, let me know and I'll update the list.

Record Of The Year
"Lonely Boy"
The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Track from: El Camino

"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
Kelly Clarkson
Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited]

"We Are Young"
Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Some Nights
[Fueled By Ramen]

"Somebody That I Used To Know"
Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
[Universal Republic]

"Thinkin Bout You"
Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean, producer; Jeff Ellis, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Track from: Channel Orange
[Def Jam]

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Taylor Swift
Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, producers; Serban Ghenea, engineer/mixer; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
[Big Machine Records]

Album Of The Year
El Camino
The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer

Some Nights
Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[Fueled By Ramen]

Mumford & Sons
Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
André 3000, John Mayer & Earl Sweatshirt, featured artists; Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean & Pharrell, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Philip Scott, Mark "Spike" Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
[Def Jam]

Jack White
Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[Third Man/Columbia Records]

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Chris Brown
[RCA Records]

Kaleidoscope Dream
[RCA Records / Bystorm Entertainment]

Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
[Def Jam]

Best Rap Performance
"HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)"
Drake Featuring Lil' Wayne
Track from: Take Care
[Cash Money Records]

"N****s In Paris"
Jay-Z & Kanye West
Track from: Watch The Throne
[Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC]

Track from: Life Is Good
[Def Jam]

Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
[G.O.O.D. Music / Island Def Jam]

"I Do"
Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000
Track from: TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition
[Def Jam]

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"Wild Ones"
Flo Rida Featuring Sia
Track from: Wild Ones
[Poe Boy/Atlantic]

"No Church In The Wild"
Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
Track from: Watch The Throne
[Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC]

"Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"
John Legend Featuring Ludacris
[Epic Records]

"Cherry Wine"
Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
Track from: Life Is Good
[Def Jam]

"Talk That Talk"
Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
Track from: Talk That Talk
[Def Jam]

Best Rap Song
Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas)
Track from: Life Is Good
[Def Jam; Publishers: Rich Daily Since '71, Universal Music Publishing, Unichappell Music]

"Lotus Flower Bomb"
Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriters (Wale Featuring Miguel)
[MMG/Warner Bros.; Publishers: WB Music/Deadstock Music/Verrin Howard/Miguel Jontel Pimentel Publishing/Fusician Publishing]

Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley & Reggie Williams, songwriters) (Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
[G.O.O.D. Music; Publishers: Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood/RLFG Music/FF to Def Pub./Neighborhood Pusha/Sony ATV Songs/Ty Epps Music/Copyright Control/Roynet Music Dub Plate Music]

"The Motto"
Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil' Wayne)
Track from: Take Care
[Cash Money Records]

"N****s In Paris"
Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Track from: Watch The Throne
[Def Jam; Publishers: Hit-Boy Music/Very Good Beats, Hip Hop Since 1978, Dean's List Productions, Unichappell Music]

"Young, Wild & Free"
Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars)
Track from: Mac And Devin Go To High School: Music From And Inspired By The Movie
[Atlantic; Publishers: My Own Chit Publishing/EMI Blackwood, PGH Sound, Mars Force Music/Roc Nation Music, Toy Plane Music-Universal Music, Westside Independent, WB Music, Late 80's Music, Beechwood Music, BMG Platinum, Rebellion Corps.]

Best Country Solo Performance
Dierks Bentley
[Capitol Records Nashville]

Eric Church
[EMI Records Nashville]

"Cost Of Livin'"
Ronnie Dunn
[Arista Nashville]

Hunter Hayes
Track from: Hunter Hayes[Atlantic]

Blake Shelton
Track from: Red River Blue
[Warner Bros. Records]

"Blown Away"
Carrie Underwood
Track from: Blown Away
[19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville]

Best Country Album
Zac Brown Band
[Southern Ground/Atlantic]

Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran
Jamey Johnson
[Mercury Records]

Four The Record
Miranda Lambert
[The RCA Records Label Nashville]

The Time Jumpers
The Time Jumpers

Best Blues Album
33 1/3
Shemekia Copeland
[Telarc International]

Locked Down
Dr. John

Let It Burn
Ruthie Foster
[Blue Corn Music]
[Note: Recorded at Piety Street Recording with a New Orleans band.]

And Still I Rise
Heritage Blues Orchestra
[Raisin' Music]

Bring It On Home
Joan Osborne
[Saguaro Road]

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)
Keola Beamer
['Ohe Records]

Shi Kéyah – Songs For The People
Radmilla Cody
[Canyon Records]

Weldon Kekauoha
['Ohelo Records]

Nothin' But The Best
Corey Ledet With Anthony Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie And André Thierry
[Corey Ledet]

The Band Courtbouillon
Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy
[Valcour Records]

Best Spoken Word Album
American Grown (Michelle Obama)
(Various Artists)
Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers
[Random House Audio/Books on Tape]

Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy
Bill Clinton
[Random House Audio/Books on Tape]

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power
Rachel Maddow
[Random House Audio/Books on Tape]

Seriously... I'm Kidding
Ellen DeGeneres
[Hachette Audio]

Society's Child: My Autobiography
Janis Ian
[Audible, Inc.]