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NASHVILLE (CAP) - The pop rock trio fun., R&B singer Frank Ocean and blues-rock combo The Black Keys were among more than 4,000 artists nominated for the recording industry's highest award, given out annually to most of the people who released a record or album that year.
The list of nominees in all 836 categories was unveiled during a televised concert hosted by singer Taylor Swift at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The program actually went for close to seven hours, at which point Swift collapsed from exhaustion before even getting through the entire list of nominees.
"This is even longer than a Bruce Springsteen concert," noted one of the few attendees still awake at the end of the presentation.
Artists in several of the categories - including Best Spoken Word/Swing Collaboration, Best Regional Roots Reggae/Salsa Album and Best YouTube Parody Of Rebecca Black's "Friday" - were surprised to be nominated, in many cases because their recording was never officially released.
"It actually doesn't exist outside of my iPhone, so I'm not sure how the Recording Academy even found out about it," said Best Freeform Gibberish nominee Frank "Puddinhead" Wilmere of Reno, Nevada. "But as we say in gibberish circles, booga-wooga-faboobly-do!"
Wilmere is currently favored to take home at least three Grammy statuettes.
HOLLYWOOD (CAP) - In an attempt to "stem the tide of wacky" that continues to engulf Gary Busey with each successive appearance on Celebrity Apprentice, the 68-year-old actor has opted to undergo a pre-emptive frontal lobotomy before the next season of the hit reality show.
In a rare unscheduled interview with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night, Busey said he was buoyed by Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy based solely on her statistical chances of contracting breast cancer and decided to do some math of his own.
"See, if 63% of America thinks I'm crazy, and 47% voted Republican in the last election, then that leaves a 10% chance I could get hit by a bus while crossing the street," Busey told Fallon.
HOLLYWOOD (CAP) - Star Trek: Into Darkness, the second Trek movie in the series of reboots directed by J.J. Abrams, ruled the box office over the weekend, drawing almost as huge an audience as one of George Takei's Facebook memes involving Capt. Jean-Luc Picard or a cat.
"Really, we couldn't be any happier," said Peter Franklin of Paramount Pictures of the opening weekend gross. "About the only way we could have done better is if we had made a meme involving Darth Vader or Willy Wonka or gay marriage, and George Takei had shared it."
Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series, now spends most of his time sharing memes on Facebook that are in turn liked and shared by his over 100 million followers, usually within minutes.