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"he nominations this year truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence in their respective fields."
—-Neil Portnow, Recording Academy

GRAMMY RACE GETS UNDERWAY WITH BEYONCE, TAYLOR SWIFT ON TOP

Beyonce has 10 Noms, Taylor Swift Eight, With Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and Kanye Six Apiece, David Guetta, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga Five
A pair of divas, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, were the big winners in tonight’s announced nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on CBS, Jan. 31, live (except on the west coast) from L.A.’s Staples Center.

In a nationally televised concert event tonight, The Recording Academy unveiled the nominees, which were topped by Beyonce with 10 nods and Taylor Swift with eight.

Both are up for Album of the Year, along with The Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D., Lady Gaga’s The Fame and dark horse Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the Groograux King, a tribute to their late bandmate, founding member LeRoi Moore.

Those nominations are a boost for Interscope head Jimmy Iovine, who has shepherded both The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga to stardom. In all, the Peas grabbed six nominations, along with Maxwell and Kanye West, while David Guetta, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga each earned five. Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, Kings of Leon, John Newton, Lady Gaga producer RedOne, Bruce Springsteen, T-Pain and Keith Urban nabbed four apiece.

Beyonce, Swift and Gaga will go at it in the Record of the Year category, where “Halo,” “Poker Face” and “You Belong With Me,” respectively, will also be challenged by the Black Eyed Peas’ upbeat “I Gotta Feeling” and Kings of Leon’s sole rock entry, “Use Somebody.”

In Song of the Year, the award for writers, it’ll be the three gals again, with Gaga and RedOne’s “Poker Face” and Swift and Liz Rose’s “You Belong With Me” up against Beyonce, et. al’s “(Single Ladies) Put a Ring on It,” Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” and Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings” (written by Hod David and Muzse).

In Best New Artist, the category Lady Gaga was eliminated from because she received a nomination last year, the contenders were no surprise: Zac Brown Band, Keri Hilson, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and The Ting Tings.

Said Portnow: "The nominations this year truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence in their respective fields. Once again, the Grammy Awards process has yielded a well-rounded and diverse group of impressive nominees across multiple genres. We’re off to an exciting start."

Other factoids:

Colbie Caillat not only got nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for her own album Breakthrough, but she’s also up for two Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals on two different duets, one with Taylor Swift (“Breathe”), the other with Jason Mraz (“Lucky”).

Kelly Rowland grabbed a Best Dance Recording nod for her collaboration with David Guetta, “When Love Takes Over”

Crystal Method got another nod in the Best Electronic Dance Album category, where they will go up against a typically eclectic field of Lady Gaga, David Guetta, LMFAO and Pet Shop Boys.

Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Prince go for the alter cocker award in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

Daryl Hall and John Oates, who have amazingly never won a Grammy, get their first nomination since 1983 in Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for “Sara Smile,” a 33-year-old song they revived on their Live at the Troubadour album.

Glassnote's Phoenix got a nod in the Best Alternative Music Album field along with David Byrne and Brian Eno's Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, an album that only came out in digital form.

Andy Samberg's Lonely Island and T-Pain earned a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "I'm on a Boat," where they'll go up against Beyonce and Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Keri Hilson, among others.

They may have eliminated the Polka category, but that didn't prevent Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra from nabbing his 1,287,287 nomination, this one for Best Traditional Folk Album.

Following is a sampling of nominations in 109 categories from the GRAMMY Awards' 30 Fields. For a complete list, go to www.Grammy.com.

GENERAL FIELD
Album Of The Year:
I Am…Sasha Fierce — Beyoncé
The E.N.D. — The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame — Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King — Dave Matthews Band
Fearless — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:
"Halo" — Beyoncé
"I Gotta Feeling" — The Black Eyed Peas
"Use Somebody" — Kings Of Leon
"Poker Face" — Lady Gaga
"You Belong With Me" — Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Song Of The Year:
"Poker Face" — Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
"Pretty Wings" — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" — Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"Use Somebody" — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"You Belong With Me" — Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

POP FIELD
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
"I Gotta Feeling" — The Black Eyed Peas 
"We Weren't Born To Follow" — Bon Jovi 
"Never Say Never" — The Fray 
"Sara Smile" — Daryl Hall & John Oates
"Kids" — MGMT 

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
"Sea Of Heartbreak" — Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen 
"Love Sex Magic" — Ciara & Justin Timberlake
"Lucky" — Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat 
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" — Willie Nelson & Norah Jones
"Breathe" — Taylor Swift & Colbie Caillat 

Best Pop Vocal Album:
The E.N.D. — The Black Eyed Peas
Breakthrough — Colbie Caillat
All I Ever Wanted  — Kelly Clarkson
The Fray — The Fray
Funhouse — P!nk

DANCE FIELD
Best Dance Recording:
"Boom Boom Pow" — The Black Eyed Peas
"When Love Takes Over" — David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
"Poker Face" — Lady Gaga
"Celebration" —Madonna
"Womanizer" — Britney Spears

ROCK FIELD
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance:
"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" — Bob Dylan
"Change In The Weather" — John Fogerty
"Dreamer" — Prince
"Working On A Dream" — Bruce Springsteen
"Fork In The Road" — Neil Young

Best Rock Song:
"The Fixer" — Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready & Eddie Vedder, songwriters (Pearl Jam)
"I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" — Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge & Larry Mullen Jr., songwriters (U2)
"21 Guns" — Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tré Cool, songwriters (Green Day)
"Use Somebody" — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"Working On A Dream" — Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Best Rock Album:
Black Ice — AC/DC
Live From Madison Square Garden — Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
21st Century Breakdown — Green Day
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King — Dave Matthews Band
No Line On The Horizon — U2

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today — David Byrne & Brian Eno
The Open Door — Death Cab For Cutie
Sounds Of The Universe — Depeche Mode
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Phoenix
It's Blitz! — Yeah Yeah Yeahs

R&B FIELD
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
"Blame It" — Jamie Foxx & T-Pain 
"Chocolate High" — Indie.Arie & Musiq Soulchild
"Ifuleave" — Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige
"Higher Ground" — Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
"Love Has Finally Come At Last" — Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby

Best R&B Album:
The Point Of It All — Anthony Hamilton
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics — India.Arie
Turn Me Loose — Ledisi
Blacksummers' Night — Maxwell
Uncle Charlie — Charlie Wilson

RAP FIELD
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"Ego" — Beyoncé & Kanye West 
"Knock You Down" — Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo
"Run This Town" — Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
"I'm On A Boat" — The Lonely Island & T-Pain
"Dead & Gone" — T.I. & Justin Timberlake

Best Rap Song:
"Best I Ever Had" — Aubrey Drake Graham, D. Hamilton & M. Samuels, songwriters (Drake)
"Day 'N' Nite" — S. Mescudi & O. Omishore, songwriters (Kid Cudi)
"Dead And Gone" — C. Harris, R. Tadross & J. Timberlake, songwriters (T.I. & Justin Timberlake)
"D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" — Shawn Carter & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka, Janko Nilovic & Dave Sucky, songwriters) (Jay-Z)
"Run This Town" — Shawn Carter, R. Fenty, M. Riddick, Kanye West & E. Wilson, songwriters (Athanasios Alatas, songwriter) (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)

Best Rap Album:
Universal Mind Control — Common
Relapse — Eminem
R.O.O.T.S. — Flo Rida
The Ecstatic — Mos Def
The Renaissance — Q-Tip

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
"Cowgirls Don't Cry" — Brooks & Dunn
"Chicken Fried" — Zac Brown Band        
"I Run To You" — Lady Antebellum
"Here Comes Goodbye" — Rascal Flatts
"It Happens" — Sugarland

Best Country Song:
"All I Ask For Anymore" — Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
"High Cost Of Living" — Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
"I Run To You" — Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
"People Are Crazy" — Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters (Billy Currington)
"White Horse" — Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best Country Album:
The Foundation — Zac Brown Band
TwangGeorge Strait
Fearless — Taylor Swift
Defying Gravity — Keith Urban
Call Me Crazy — Lee Ann Womack

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD  (**NEW FIELD**)
Best Americana Album:
Together Through Life — Bob Dylan
Electric Dirt — Levon Helm
Willie And The Wheel — Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel
Wilco (The Album) — Wilco
Little Honey — Lucinda Williams

Best Contemporary Folk Album:
Middle Cyclone — Neko Case
Our Bright Future — Tracy Chapman
Live — Shawn Colvin
Secret, Profane & Sugarcane — Elvis Costello
Townes — Steve Earle

This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to: T Bone Burnett, Ethan Johns, Larry Klein, Greg Kurstin and Brendan O'Brien.

Grammy ballots for the final round of voting go out Dec. 16 to all voting members and are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 8, 2010, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.

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