News Charts / Awards 03/12/2009

Beyonce Leads The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Nominations With 10 And Taylor Swift Earns Eight!



LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ Recording Academy) - Nominations for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest over the past year in music, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the second 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."

The one-hour special - broadcast live on CBS from Club NOKIA at L.A. LIVE - featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by the Black Eyed Peas, DJ/producer David Guetta, Maxwell, Nick Jonas & The Administration, Sugarland, and host LL COOL J. Presenters included Linkin Park, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain, and Dwight Yoakam. The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Jan. 31, 2010, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys. For a complete nominations list, please visit www.grammy.com.

Beyonce tops the nominations with 10, Taylor Swift garners eight, and the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, and Kanye West each earn six nods. Guetta, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga receive five each; and Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, Kings Of Leon, John Newton, RedOne, Bruce Springsteen, T-Pain, and Keith Urban each have four nominations.

"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," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Once again, the GRAMMY Awards process has yielded a well-rounded and diverse group of impressive nominees across multiple genres. Coupled with the second year of our primetime nominations special, which featured stellar performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, the road to Music's Biggest Night and the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in January is off to an exciting start."

Following is a sampling of nominations in 109 categories from the GRAMMY Awards' 30 Fields:

GENERAL FIELD
Album Of The Year:
I Am…Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
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" - Beyonce
"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, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
"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" - India.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" - Beyonce & 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
Twang - George 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 will be mailed on Dec. 16 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They 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.

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards - the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music - The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.






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