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Aust’s Urban, Aarons, DJ Fish seek Grammys

By AAP Newswire

Country music star Keith Urban, hitmaker Sarah Aarons and former Gold Coast pro-surfer turned DJ Paul "Fish" Fisher will lead an eclectic group of Australians to the 61st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Australian Christian band For King & Country and Melbourne-born New Age musician Lisa Gerrard will also be in the hunt for music's most coveted awards on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake enter the ceremony with the most nominations.

Lamar has eight, including seven for his music for the Marvel Studios blockbuster film Black Panther.

Drake has seven nods.

Lamar, Drake, Cardi B, Post Malone and Brandi Carlile filled the Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

Prolific 24-year-old Melbourne songwriter Aarons is also in the running for Record and Song of the Year for Zedd's hit The Middle.

Urban, a past winner of four Grammys, is nominated for Best Solo Country Performance for Parallel Line.

Fisher, one of the world's top house and techno producers, is nominated for best dance recording for his hit Losing It.

He is competing against the genre's heavyweights including Silk City duo Mark Ronson and Diplo for Electricity, featuring Diplo.

For King & Country, led by Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone and also no strangers to the Grammys with two wins in 2015, were nominated for best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song for their hit Joy.

Gerrard is nominated for Best New Age Album for Hiraeth.