Social media faces the music with Grammy nominations

Social Cues: Also trending on Twitter and Facebook are Transformers and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Singers Adele (left) and Beyonce pose together at the Grammys in 2013. They're both contenders for categories like song of the year and album of the year for the 2017 awards show.

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And the nominees are...

Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Adele fans have reason to celebrate on social media today as the three artists are Grammy nominees in several major categories.

Meanwhile, a hashtag parodying President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks is popping up across Twitter, and Facebook users are debating whether a Texas Republican's decision to cast his electoral vote for Trump is the right call.

Social Cues is our look at what's trending across social media. Here's what people are talking about Tuesday on Twitter and Facebook.

Grammys: The Recording Academy announced the candidates for the music industry's most prestigious awards Tuesday. Twitter users were eager to find out who's in the running with #GrammyNominations trending even before names were released. Fans were clamoring for their favorites, including Ariana Grande and One Direction. Heavy hitters like Adele, Beyonce and Justin Bieber have been nominated for top categories like song of the year and album of the year. The 59th Grammy Awards will air February 12 on CBS. (Editors' note: CNET is owned by CBS.)

#ImQualified: Twitter users are parodying Trump's cabinet picks. This comes a day after the president-elect picked Ben Carson for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, even though he has no government experience. Quips include Old Navy shoppers being qualified to head Veterans Affairs and Monopoly bankers being qualified to serve as secretary of the treasury.

Transformers: The trailer for the Autobots' return has social media buzzing with excitement. "Transformers: The Last Knight" is the fifth flick in the franchise and is set for release June 23. The trailer began trending on Twitter on Monday night when it aired during the Colts-Jets game and was trending on Facebook on Tuesday morning. The trailer promises that the series will dig deep into Transformers lore and shows Optimus Prime returning to fight some of his former allies.

Electoral College: A Texas Republican's decision that he won't cast his electoral vote for Trump has riled up social media. Trump won Texas on Election Day, and while Electoral College members are expected to vote on behalf of their state's decision, they can choose to reject it. Christopher Suprun wrote an op-ed in The New York Times explaining his actions. On Facebook, people are arguing whether he's making the right decision by rejecting Trump or acting out of line by turning his back on the will of the people.

Angela Merkel: The German leader, dubbed "Chancellor of the Free World" as Time Magazine's 2015 person of the year, called Tuesday for a complete burqa ban in Germany "wherever legally possible." Merkel became a symbol of acceptance after welcoming more than 1 million refugees into Germany, primarily from the Middle East, in 2015. But her proposed ban could signal an about-face to Germany's open-door attitude. The trending topic on Twitter led some prominent politicians like the UK's Nigel Farage to say her proposal came "too late."

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