The biggest names and storylines stemming from the recent Grammy nominations

By Kyle Anderson
Updated December 14, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

More than any other awards-show announcement, the Grammy noms inspire equal parts head-scratching confusion and satisfying validation. Here are the big headlines going into the Feb. 10 ceremony (8 p.m. on CBS).

Equal Opportunity
Unlike last year, when Adele was a shoo-in to run the table, this year’s field is wide open. Six different (very different) acts each managed to snag six nods: Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun., and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Rise of the Cool Kids
The Academy continues to embrace indie faves. Call it the Bon Iver effect. Sure, there’s still plenty of pop to go around — Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift both scored three noms — but the love for smaller artists like Ocean and Gotye left chart-topping perennials Pink and Katy Perry mostly on the sidelines.

Sorry, Tween Girls — Your Swooning Gets No Gold
Though they released some of the biggest sellers of the year, boy acts like Justin Bieber, One Direction, and The Wanted were completely shut out of the tiny-gramophone party.