Country stars share Grammy spotlight for music's big night

Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:59am EST
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* Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, FUN. vying for album of year

* Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood among country nominees

* Justin Timberlake, Elton John to perform

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Country music artists will share the spotlight with rising stars and veteran performers at the Grammy Awards on Sunday as they take the stage for music's biggest night.

Grammy organizers want to bring the attention back to the music this year, after the death of singer Whitney Houston the night before last year's awards ceremony cast a pall over the live show.

This year's key categories are dominated by male artists, with British folk band Mumford & Sons, indie-pop trio FUN. and R&B singer Frank Ocean going into the show with six nominations each, including for the top award of album of the year.

They will be among dozens of performers including U.S. rockers The Black Keys, who have five nods, and former White Stripes frontman Jack White, who has three nominations.

After paying tribute to electronic dance music last year, the Grammys are highlighting country music. Nominations were announced last December in a live concert from Nashville.   Continued...