Eminem’s “Recovery” was made complete Wednesday night as the Recording Academy nominated him for 10 awards, including the biggest ones such as ‘Best Album’, ‘Best Song,’ and ‘Record of The Year.’
Bruno Mars was not far behind with 7 nominations,while Lady Antebellum, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga all had six each. Lady Gaga also was nominated for ‘Album Of The Year’ award – the second straight nomination in the category for her. Other key nominees included Cee Lo: His profane but profound “(Expletive) You” was nominated for record and song of the year.
For the third year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, that featured performances by nominees such as Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Train and Miranda Lambert.
“This year’s nominations are a true reflection of an exceptional and talented community of music makers that embody some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
“It’s most gratifying to see the GRAMMY Awards process once again produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres. Coupled with the third year of our primetime nominations special, the road to Music’s Biggest Night, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, is off to an exciting start.”
For Eminem, “Recovery” was a critical and commercial triumph. It became the best-selling album of the year so far, with more than 3 million copies sold, and spawned top hits like “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, which was nominated for ‘Best Song’ and ‘Record Of The Year’ awards.
Country trio Lady Antebellum’s album “Need You Now” was the second-best selling album of the year, fueled by the lovelorn title track. Grammy voters rewarded that success, nominating them for album of the year and also record and song of the year for the crossover hit.
Other nominees for record of the year included the rap hit “Nothin’ On You” by newcomer B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars, and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ anthem for New York, “Empire State of Mind.”
Rounding out the nominations for song of the year were Ray LaMontagne’s “Beg Steal Or Borrow” and Lambert’s hit “The House that Built Me,” written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.
Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” was one of the year’s top hits but was shut out of the record and song of the year categories. Yet the pop star, who kicked off the broadcast with a performance of the song wearing a sparkly silver mini-dress, was far from disappointed.
Perry’s album “Teenage Dream” was nominated for album of the year, along with Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster,” “Recovery,” “Need You Now” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.”
“It’s amazing. It’s like no other award show because I feel like you’re being recognized by your peers,” Katy Perry said during the show. “And there’s so many fantastic performers and artists that could be in this category, so when they nominate you, it feels like a win.”
Bieber appeared on the show from London and was rewarded for staying up late: he was nominated for best new artist in a category that also included Drake, Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and jazz artist Esperanza Spaulding. “It feels amazing. I can’t believe I’m in this position. Thank you to the fans,” Bieber said. “I don’t know what to say.”
Here’re the nominations in the four General Field categories:
For Best Record Of The Year, the nominees are “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars; “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem Featuring Rihanna; “F*** You,” Cee Lo Green; “Empire State Of Mind” by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys; “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum
For Album Of The Year, the nominees are “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire; “Recovery” by Eminem; “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum; “The Fame Monster” by Lady Gaga; “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry.
For Song Of The Year award, the nominees are “Beg Steal Or Borrow” by Ray LaMontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs); “F*** You” by Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green); “The House That Built Me” by Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert); “Love The Way You Lie” by Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Rihanna); “Need You Now” by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
For Best New Artist, the nominees are Justin Bieber; Drake; Florence & The Machine; Mumford & Sons; Esperanza Spalding
Following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, the nominees are “Airplanes, Part II” by B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams; “Imagine” by Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare; “If It Wasn’t For Bad” by Elton John & Leon Russell; “Telephone” by Lady Gaga & Beyoncé; and “California Gurls” by Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg.
Nominees for Best Dance Recording are “Rocket” by Goldfrapp; “In For The Kill” by La Roux; “Dance In The Dark” by Lady Gaga; “Only Girl (In The World)” by Rihanna; and “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn.
For Best Rock Song, the nominees are “Angry World” by Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young); “Little Lion Man” by Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons); “Radioactive” by Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon); “Resistance” by Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse); and “Tighten Up” by Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys).
The nominees for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals are “Take My Time” by Chris Brown & Tank; “Love” by Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller; “You’ve Got A Friend” by Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin; “Shine” by John Legend & The Roots; and “Soldier Of Love” by Sade.
Nominations in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration are “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars; “Deuces” by Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall; “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem & Rihanna; “Empire State Of Mind” by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys; and “Wake Up! Everybody” by John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common.
The Best Country Song nominees are “The Breath You Take” by Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (George Strait); “Free” by Zac Brown, songwriter (Zac Brown Band); “The House That Built Me” by Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert); “I’d Love To Be Your Last” by Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson); “If I Die Young” by Kimberly Perry, songwriter (The Band Perry); “Need You Now” by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum).
Nominees for Best Americana Album are The List by Rosanne Cash; Tin Can Trust by Los Lobos; Country Music by Willie Nelson; Band Of Joy by Robert Plant; and You Are Not Alone by Mavis Staples.
This year’s Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominees are Rob Cavallo, Danger Mouse, Dr. Luke, RedOne, and the Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine).
This year’s GRAMMY Awards process registered the highest number of submissions ever with nearly 20,000 entries. However, due to low entries in Category 60 — Best Regional Mexican Album — submissions in this category were sorted into other categories for consideration. As a result, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will feature 108 out of 109 categories.
GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 15 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 12, 2011, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the GRAMMY telecast.