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Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Justin Bieber all nominated for this year’s CMT awards

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Justin Bieber are all nominated for this year’s Country Music Television (CMT) awards. Lady Antebellum, Taylor and Rascal Flatts lead proceedings with nods in three award categories, while Carrie Underwood is up for two awards. ‘Baby’ singer Justin gets his first ever CMT nomination, for the reworked version of his track ‘That Should Be Me’, featuring Rascal Flatts. The biggest award of the night, Video of the Year, sees Taylor’s ‘Mine’ in contest against tracks by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.

Taylor’s other two nominations in the viewer voted awards are also for the ‘Mine’ video, which has nods in the Female Video of the Year and Best Web Video of the Year categories.

Taylor has enjoyed phenomenal success since releasing her debut single in 2006, selling over 20 million albums worldwide and touring the world, and she has frequently told how overwhelmed and grateful she is for her success.

She said: “The fact the fans have done that much for me in such a short period of time is unreal, and I’m so excited and so thankful.

“I’ve gotten to experience just parts of the world I never thought I’d get to see, nonetheless play shows in and have the crowds singing the words back to me.” ”

Lady Antebellum’s ‘Hello World’ and Rascal Flatts’ ‘ Why Wait’ will square off against each other in the Video of the Year and Group Video of the Year categories, while the former band’s ‘Stars Tonight’ is also up for Best Web Video of the Year.

The CMT Awards will take place on June 8 in Nashville, Tennessee.

CMT Awards 2011, full list of nominations:

Video of the Year
Jason Aldean – ‘My Kinda Party’
Kenny Chesney – ‘The Boys of Fall’
Lady Antebellum – ‘Hello World’
Miranda Lambert – ‘The House That Built Me’
Rascal Flatts – ‘Why Wait’
Sugarland – ‘Stuck Like Glue’

Taylor Swift – ‘Mine’
The Band Perry – ‘If I Die Young’
Carrie Underwood – ‘Undo It’
Zac Brown Band – ‘Colder Weather’

Male Video of the Year
Jason Aldean – ‘My Kinda Party’
Kenny Chesney – ‘The Boys of Fall’
Toby Keith – ‘Bullets in the Gun’
Blake Shelton – ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’
Keith Urban – ‘Without You’

Female Video of the Year
Sara Evans – ‘A Little Bit Stronger’
Miranda Lambert – ‘The House That Built Me’
Reba McEntire – ‘Turn On the Radio’
Taylor Swift – ‘Mine
Carrie Underwood – ‘Undo It’

Group Video of the Year
Lady Antebellum – ‘Hello World’
Little Big Town – ‘Little White Church’
Rascal Flatts – ‘Why Wait’
The Band Perry – ‘If I Die Young’
Zac Brown Band – ‘Colder Weather’

Duo Video of the Year
Steel Magnolia – ‘Last Night Again’
Sugarland – ‘Stuck Like Glue’
The Civil Wars – ‘Barton Hollow’
The JaneDear Girls – ‘Wildflower’
Thompson Square – ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Lee Brice – ‘Love Like Crazy’
Aaron Lewis – ‘Country Boy’
Jerrod Niemann – ‘Lover, Lover’
The Band Perry – ‘If I Die Young’
Thompson Square – ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’

Collaborative Video of the Year
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson – ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’
Justin Bieber featuring Rascal Flatts – ‘That Should Be Me’
Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow – ‘Collide’
Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels – ‘Country Boy’
Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow – ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’

CMT Performance of the Year
Martina McBride and Train – ‘A Broken Wing’ from CMT Crossroads: Train and Martina McBride
Reba McEntire – ‘If I Were a Boy’ from Unplugged: Reba
Darius Rucker and Adele – ‘Need You Now’ from 2010 CMT Artists of the Year
Keith Urban and John Mayer – ‘Sweet Thing’ from CMT Crossroads: John Mayer and Keith Urban
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett – ‘Margaritaville’ from CMT Crossroads: Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band

Best Web Video of the Year
Jason Aldean – ‘My Kinda Party’ (live from the CMT.com webcast)
Luke Bryan – ‘It’s a Shore Thing’
Lady Antebellum – ‘Stars Tonight’
Blake Shelton – ‘Kiss My Country Ass’
Taylor Swift – ‘Mine’ (live from the Speak Now album release party)

Video Director of the Year
Deaton Flanigen (award-eligible videos include Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow’s ‘Collide’ and the JaneDear Girl’s ‘Wildflower’)
Trey Fanjoy (award-eligible videos include Miranda Lambert’s ‘The House That Built Me’ and Blake Shelton’s ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’)
Chris Hicky (award-eligible videos include Carrie Underwood ‘s ‘Undo It’ and Keith Urban’s ‘Without You’)
David McClister (award-eligible videos include The Band Perry’s ‘If I Die Young’ and LeAnn Rimes’ ‘Swingin”)
Roman White (award-eligible videos include Lady Antebellum’s ‘Hello World’ and Kellie Pickler’s ‘Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again’)

Taylor Swift was top selling artist of 2010

Taylor Swift was top selling artist of 2010

Taylor Swift was top selling artist of 2010

Taylor Swift was top selling artist of 2010. Taylor Swift was the biggest selling artist of 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2010, Swift sold 4,470,000 units, beating Eminem, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.The Beatles, who caved in to iTunes and finally released their music digitally in 2010, made the Top 10 at no. 10 with sales of 1,697,000 units. In 2009, Michael Jackson was the biggest selling artist with 8,286,000 units sold but then again he did have the ultimate publicity stunt . death.

The top 10 selling artists of 2010 were:

1. Taylor Swift (4,470,000)
2. Eminem (4,317,000)
3. Lady Antebellum (3,848,000)
4. Justin Bieber (3,728,000)
5. Glee (3,603,000)
6. Susan Boyle (2,711,000)
7. Lady Gaga (2,591,000)
8. Michael Jackson (2,118,000)
9. Zac Brown Band (1,824,000)
10. The Beatles (1,697,000)

Miranda Lambert Celebrates 27th Birthday With 4 Wins At The CMA Awards

Miranda Lambert Celebrates 27th Birthday With 4 Wins At The CMA Awards

Miranda Lambert Celebrates 27th Birthday With 4 Wins At The CMA Awards

Miranda Lambert Celebrates 27th Birthday With 4 Wins At The CMA Awards. The CMA Awards has given Miranda Lambert not one, but four really cool gifts for her 27th birthday on Wednesday. The songstress took home Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s single “The House That Built Me” was honored for both Song and Video of the Year at the “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” while her “Revolution” took the top prize of Album of the Year. She said upon accepting the Female Vocalist honor from country music legend Loretta Lynn, “The woman that paved the way for all females ever in country music is standing here beside me and handed me this award… I’m going to keep going for the other women in this industry.” It’s not only her night. Her fiancé Blake Shelton also won a major trophy that night, winning Male Vocalist of the Year. His “Hillbilly Bone,” featuring Trace Adkins, also won Musical Event of the Year. Brad Paisley, who co-hosted the show along with Carrie Underwood at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, was named Entertainer of the Year for the first time. He was Male Vocalist for the past three consecutive years. And based on the blogsphere review, Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t suck in her country music debut at the show. The Oscar-winning actress played the guitar and sang a track from her upcoming film “Country Song” with Vince Gill. Her performance actually received a standing ovation.
The complete list of winners:

•Entertainer: Brad Paisley
•Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
•Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton
•Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
•Vocal Duo: Sugarland
•New Artist: Zac Brown Band
•Album: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
•Single: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
•Song: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
•Video: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
•Musical Event: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
•Musician: Mac McAnnally

Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum Lead Nominees For “2010 American Music Awards”

Justin Bieber, Nominee For "2010 American Music Awards".

Justin Bieber, Nominee For "2010 American Music Awards".

Justin Bieber, Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead Nominees For “2010 American Music Awards”. Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the pack of nominees for the “2010 American Music Awards,” taking place this November. The multiplatinum-selling rapper and country crooners both earned 5 nominations each. Eminem earned nods in categories like Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album for “Recovery,” and Artist of the Year. Eminem has previously taken home 7 American Music Awards, including three awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist. Lady Antebellum was nominated for Favorite Band, Duo, or Group, Favorite Country Album for “Need You Now,” and for T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist, which fans can vote for online or through T-Mobile texting. It’s their first American Music Awards nominations. Justin Bieber scored the second highest amount of nominations this year. He earned four nods, including Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for “My World 2.0.” Katy Perry, Ke$ha, B.o.B., and Usher all earned three nominations each. Usher, also a Favorite Male Artist nominee, is among the first confirmed performers for the show, as well as “Raise Your Glass” singer P!nk and Bon Jovi, both promoting new hits collections. More performers and presenters are set to be announced closer to the show. The “2010 American Music Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

2010 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

POP or ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Usher

Favorite Female Artist
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum
Train

Favorite Album
Justin Bieber/ My World 2.0
Eminem/ Recovery
Katy Perry/ Teenage Dream

COUNTRY MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Brad Paisley

Favorite Female Artist
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album
Jason Aldean/ Wide Open
Lady Antebellum/ Need You Now
Carrie Underwood/ Play On

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
B.o.B.
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album
B.o.B./ B.o.B. Presents
Drake/ Thank Me Later
Eminem/ Recovery

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Favorite Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Sade

Favorite Album
Alicia Keys/ The Element of Freedom
Sade/ Soldier of Love
Usher/ Raymond v. Raymond

SOUNDTRACKS

Favorite Album
AC/DC / Iron Man 2
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Muse
Phoenix
Vampire Weekend

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Michael Buble
Lady Antebellum
Train

LATIN MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Daddy Yankee
Enrique Iglesias
Shakira

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
TobyMac

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber
Eminem
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Nominations

B.o.B
Justin Bieber
Taio Cruz
Jason Derulo
Ke$ha
Lady Antebellum
Travie McCoy
Mike Posner

Zac Brown Band Earn First #1 On Billboard Albums Chart With “You Get What You Give”

Zac Brown Band Earn First #1 On Billboard Albums Chart With "You Get What You Give".

Zac Brown Band Earn First #1 On Billboard Albums Chart With "You Get What You Give".

Zac Brown Band Earn First #1 On Billboard Albums Chart With “You Get What You Give”. The Zac Brown Band earns their first #1 album this week on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with the release of their latest album, “You Get What You Give.” “You Get What You Give,” their first album since 2008’s “The Foundation,” sold 153,000 copies its first week. The album, which features collaborations with Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, is their second to crack the top 10 on the albums chart. Following in second with their latest debut is Maroon 5 with “Hands All Over,” the band’s third studio album. Selling 142,000 copies in their first week, the album features first single “Misery.” It’s the group’s third top 10 album and their first album since 2007’s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” which sold a much heftier 429,000 copies its first week. Last week’s #1, Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns,” is down to #3 this week, with 70,000 copies sold. Selena Gomez & The Scene debut with their second top 10 album, “A Year Without Rain.” The album debuts at #4 selling 66,000 copies in its first week, propelled by the hit title track and first single “Round & Round.” Santana debuts at #5 with “Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time,” his 12th top 10 album. The album features collaborations with Chris Daughtry and India.Arie, among others. The album sold 66,000 copies its first week. Down to #6 this week is Eminem with “Recovery,” selling 66,000 copies. Trey Songz drops from #2 to #7 this week with his latest album, “Passion, Pain & Pleasure.” The album also moves 66,000 copies. At #8 is a debut from John Legend & the Roots on the collaboration album, “Wake Up!” The album is Legend’s fifth top 10 album and the Roots’ sixth. The album moves 63,000 copies its first week. At #9 this week is a debut from country singer Billy Currington with “Enjoy Yourself.” Moving 45,000 copies, the album is Currington’s first top 10 on the chart. Closing out at #10 for another week is Justin Bieber with “My World 2.0.” The album, featuring hits “Baby” and the new single “U Smile,” sells another 33,000.

Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending October 9th, 2010:

1. You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band

2. Hands All Over, Maroon 5

3. A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park

4. A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez & the Scene

5. Guitar Heaven, Santana

6. Recovery, Eminem

7. Passion, Pain & Pleasure, Trey Songz

8. Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots

9. Enjoy Yourself, Billy Currington

10. My World 2.0, Justin Bieber

Matthew Fox, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Matthew Fox, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Matthew Fox, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Matthew Fox, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS.   Mo 5/17: Matthew Fox, Zac Brown Band, “American Idol” castoff Michael Lynche, Jason Randal.   Matthew Fox,  handsome actor with leading-man looks and charisma to spare, one only wonders why it took actor Matthew Fox’s career over a decade to finally set sail with his starring role as natural-born leader Jack on the hit ABC series Lost. Commanding the screen as the brave but conflicted organizer of a group of airplane-crash survivors stranded on a mysterious island, Fox played no small part in bringing compelling drama back to the small screen in a time when reality television seemed to dominate the dial. Of course, Lost wasn’t Fox’s first foray into television drama, having previously established himself as one of five siblings prematurely thrust into adulthood when their parents are killed by a drunk driver in the Golden Globe-winning Party of Five, but it did find him excelling in a manner that could point to a long and fruitful career. Unlike many actors who realize their calling early in life, in the Wyoming native’s early years, it seemed as if an acting career was the absolute farthest thing imaginable in terms of future job prospects. Fox was raised on a ranch that raised horses and barley, and when it came time to choose a college, he opted to study economics at Columbia University — where he also made quite a name for himself on the gridiron.  All arrows pointed to a prosperous future career on Wall Street, but when Fox was convinced to try his hand at modeling, the chips seemed to fall into place, and he was soon appearing on television commercials and essaying guest appearances on such popular sitcoms as Wings. In 1992, Fox went back to college for a role in the short-lived TV comedy Freshman Dorm, and though that show itself was decidedly short-lived, it helped his career by leading to roles in the film My Boyfriend’s Back, the made-for-television feature If I Die Before I Wake, and, eventually, Party of Five. After his wining performance in Party of Five making Fox a familiar face to television viewers, it seemed only a matter of time before he stuck out on his own. Following a touching turn opposite Donald Sutherland in the made-for-television drama Behind the Mask, Fox took the role of an ex-policeman-turned-private investigator whose near-death experience bridges a gap to the spirit world in the supernaturally charged series Haunted, which was quickly canceled despite the fact that it was beginning to see a dedicated fan base. If Fox’s career seemed to be floundering somewhat in the wake of Party of Five, that would certainly change when Lost debuted on ABC to impressive ratings in late 2004. With his role as the reluctant leader proving once and for all that Fox had what it took to be a leading man, long-time fans could rest assured that they would likely be seeing much more of him in the future.

Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Lead 2010 CMT Music Awards Nominees

Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Lead 2010 CMT Music Awards Nominees

Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Lead 2010 CMT Music Awards Nominees

Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Lead 2010 CMT Music Awards Nominees. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean lead the pack of nominees for the 2010 CMT Music Awards. They each scored three nominations each, including all appearing among the finalists for Video of the Year. Swift and Underwood also picked up nominations for Female Video of the Year, while Lady Antebellum earned one for Group Video of the Year, along with Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, and Gloriana. Underwood and Lady Antebellum also appear together in the CMT Performance of the Year category for best musical performance in a CMT special, along with Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley.  McEntire, McGraw, Paisley and the Zac Brown Band all earned two nominations each, along with Sugarland, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and Steel Magnolia. “When you look at the talent and diversity amassed within these categories, it’s easy to see why this has been CMT’s biggest year ever,” said CMT President Brian Philips. ”Hosted by our Nashville-brother-by-way-of-Detroit, Kid Rock, this night promises to be an unforgettable party!”    Among the nominees scheduled to perform are Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, and Miranda Lambert. More performers are set to be announced.   Fans can vote online at CMT.com for the night’s winners, including voting during the show for the final category, Video of the Year. The 2010 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Kid Rock, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 9th on CMT.

Lady Antebellum Debut At #1 On Billboard Albums Chart With “Need You Now”

Lady Antebellum Debut

Lady Antebellum Debut

Lady Antebellum earned their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with their sophomore effort, “Need You Know.” The set debuts with over 481,000 copies sold, the biggest country album debut since Taylor Swift opened at 592,000 copies with “Fearless”. Lady Antebellum’s debut week is the also biggest debut of 2010 so far, on the strength of their #1 country single “Need You Now.” The track is currently climbing up pop radio, while its follow-up, “American Honey,” is moving up on country. Their self-titled debut bowed and peaked at #4 with 43,000 in May of 2008.  The “Hope For Haiti Now” compilation, the digital exclusive featuring live cuts from Christina Aguilera, U2, and Shakira, is at #2 this week with 143,000 copies. The biggest single from the album, Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris’ version of “Hallelujah,” is at #5 on the digital singles sales chart.  Lady Gaga is at #3 for another week with “The Fame,” which sells 68,000 copies this week. Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” drops down two spots to #4 with 59,000 copies. Debuting at #5 is Barry Manilow’s latest, “The Greatest Love Songs of All Time.” The set, which includes his versions of romance classics like “The Look of Love” and “I Only Have Eyes for You,” bows with 57,000 copies sold.  Jumping up to #6 from #17 its previous week is Michael Jackson with “This Is It,” selling 55,000 on the strength of its release on DVD and Blu-ray. Corinne Bailey Rae’s sophomore album, “The Sea,” debuts at #7 with 53,000 copies.  At #8 is the “2010 Grammy Nominees” compilation, which features music from Zac Brown Band and Kings of Leon. It moved down three spots in its second week and sold 45,000 copies. At #9 is a debut from Celtic Woman’s “Songs From the Heart,” which moves 42,000 its first week.  At #10 are the Black Eyed Peas with “The E.N.D.,” which sells 40,000 copies this week.

Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending February 13th, 2010

1. Need You Know, Lady Antebellum

2. Hope For Haiti Now, Various Artists

3. The Fame, Lady Gaga

4. I Dreamed A Dream, Susan Boyle

5. The Greatest Love Songs of All Time, Barry Manilow

6. This Is It, Michael Jackson

7. The Sea, Corinne Bailey Rae

8. 2010 Grammy Nominees, Various Artists

9. Songs From the Heart, Celtic Woman

10. The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas

The Grammy Award 2010 complete winners list!

BEST NEW ARTIST: Zac Brown Band

BEST NEW ARTIST: Zac Brown Band

Kings Of Leon and Beyonce top Grammy Awards. Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Kings Of Leon won the major awards at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Here is the complete winners list:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Fearless,” Taylor Swift
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION: “Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
BEST ROCK ALBUM: “21st Century Breakdown,” Green Day
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM: “Fearless,” Taylor Swift
SONG OF THE YEAR (songwriter’s award): “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart
RECORD OF THE YEAR: “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
BEST NEW ARTIST: Zac Brown Band
BEST COMEDY ALBUM: “A Colbert Christmas ? the Greatest Gift of All!,” Stephen Colbert
BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “Make It Mine,” Jason Mraz
BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “Halo,” Beyoncé
BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS: “I Gotta Feeling,” the Black Eyed Peas
BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS: “Lucky,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: “Throw Down Your Heart,” Béla Fleck
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM: “Potato Hole,” Booker T. Jones
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: “The E.N.D.,” the Black Eyed Peas
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM: “Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden,” Michael Bublé
BEST SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “Working on a Dream,” Bruce Springsteen
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS: “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE: “War Machine,” AC/DC
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE: “Dissident Aggressor,” Judas Priest
BEST ROCK INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: “A Day in the Life,” Jeff Beck
BEST ROCK SONG (songwriter’s award): “Use Somebody,” Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM: “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” Phoenix
BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyoncé
BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “Pretty Wings,” Maxwell
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS: “Blame It,” Jamie Foxx and T-Pain
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “At Last,” Beyoncé
BEST URBAN/ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE: “Pearls,” India.Arie and Dobet Gnahore
BEST R&B SONG (songwriter’s award): “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart
BEST R&B ALBUM: “Blacksummers’ Night,” Maxwell
BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUM: “I Am . . . Sasha Fierce,” Beyoncé
BEST RAP SONG (songwriter’s award): “Run This Town,” Jeff Bhasker, Shawn Carter, Robyn Fenty, Kanye West and Ernest Wilson
BEST RAP ALBUM: “Relapse,” Eminem
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM: “Electric Dirt,” Levon Helm
BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM: “The Crow,” Steve Martin
BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM: “A Stranger Here,” Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM: “Already Free,” the Derek Trucks Band
BEST TRADITIONAL FOLK ALBUM: “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,” Loudon Wainwright III
BEST DANCE RECORDING: “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM: “The Fame,” Lady Gaga
BEST RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE: “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” Jay-Z
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP: “Crack a Bottle,” Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent
BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “White Horse,” Taylor Swift
BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “Sweet Thing,” Keith Urban
BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS: “I Run to You,” Lady Antebellum
BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS: “I Told You So,” Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis
BEST COUNTRY INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: “Producer’s Medley,” Steve Wariner
BEST COUNTRY SONG (songwriter’s award): “White Horse,” Liz Rose and Taylor Swift
BEST NEW AGE ALBUM: “Prayer for Compassion,” David Darling
BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM: “75,” Joe Zawinul and the Zawinul Syndicate
BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM: “Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman,” Kurt Elling
BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO: “Dancin’ 4 Chicken,” Terence Blanchard, soloist
BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM: “Five Peace Band ? Live Chick Corea and John McLaughlin,” Five Peace Band
BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM: “Book One,” New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM: “Juntos Para Siempre,” Bebo Valdés and Chucho Valdés
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE: “Wait on the Lord,” Donnie McClurkin featuring Karen Clark Sheard
BEST GOSPEL SONG (songwriter’s award): “God in Me,” Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell and Warryn Campbell
BEST ROCK OR RAP GOSPEL ALBUM: “Live Revelations,” Third Day
BEST POP/CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM: “The Power of One,” Israel Houghton
BEST SOUTHERN/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS GOSPEL ALBUM: “Jason Crabb,” Jason Crabb
BEST TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM: “Oh Happy Day,” various artists
BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B GOSPEL ALBUM: “Audience of One,” Heather Headley
BEST LATIN POP ALBUM: “Sin Frenos,” La Quinta Estación
BEST LATIN ROCK, ALTERNATIVE OR URBAN ALBUM: “Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo,” Calle 13
BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM: “Ciclos,” Luis Enrique
BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN ALBUM: “Necesito de Ti,” Vicente Fernández
BEST TEJANO ALBUM: “Borders y Bailes,” Los Texmaniacs
BEST NORTEÑO ALBUM: “Tu Noche con . . . Los Tigres Del Norte,” Los Tigres Del Norte
BEST BANDA ALBUM: “Tu Esclavo y Amo,” Lupillo Rivera
BEST CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUM: “Townes,” Steve Earle
BEST HAWAIIAN MUSIC ALBUM: “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2,” various artists
BEST NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC ALBUM: “Spirit Wind North,” Bill Miller
BEST ZYDECO OR CAJUN MUSIC ALBUM: “Lay Your Burden Down,” Buckwheat Zydeco
BEST REGGAE ALBUM: “Mind Control ? Acoustic,” Stephen Marley
BEST TRADITIONAL WORLD MUSIC ALBUM: “Douga Mansa,” Mamadou Diabate
BEST CONTEMPORARY WORLD MUSIC ALBUM: “Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 ? Africa Sessions,” Béla Fleck
BEST MUSICAL ALBUM FOR CHILDREN: “Family Time,” Ziggy Marley
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM FOR CHILDREN: “Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Songs,” Buck Howdy
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM: “Always Looking Up,” Michael J. Fox
BEST MUSICAL SHOW ALBUM: “West Side Story”

2010 Grammy nominees:The Fame (Lady Gaga) up for Album of the Year!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

For the second year in a row, the Grammy Awards announced their nominations during a special primetime concert, held at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and broadcast live on CBS. In between performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Sugarland, host LL Cool J and Nick Jonas’ new band, the Administration, presenters read off the nominees in all major categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Beyoncé led all nominees with 10 nods, followed by Taylor Swift with eight nominations. The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and Maxwell each received six. (View photos from the Grammy nominations concert.)  Below are the nominees in some of the top categories. For a complete list of nominees, visit GRAMMY.com. And keep checking Metromix.com for predictions, poll and previews of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, taking place Sunday, Jan. 31 in Los Angeles and broadcasting live on CBS.

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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 and John Oates)
“Kids” (MGMT)

The Album of the Year category hasn’t been totally respectable in a long time–favoring sales and mainstream recognition over quality–but usually a solid act like Radiohead,Dixie Chicks,White Stripes,OutKast,Bob Dylan will slip in there to class up the joint.  This year? Say it ain’t so, Grammy.  When the nominees were revealed last night during a primetime concert in L.A., we learned that album of the year nominees include Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift. No, that is not the list of top 5 artist on your young cousins’ iPod. Those are the nominees for Album of the Year.  In other silliness, not-new-anymore artists like MGMT and Silversun Pickups were nominated for Best New Artist, though I was glad to see Maxwell’s writers pick up a nod for Song of the Year for the gorgeous “Pretty Wings.” Biggest observations during a stroll through the other categories: The Pop Vocal Album category is scary (Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Caillat and The Fray, such brilliance!) while Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance should include the phrase “over 50 years old” when nominating Prince, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. All legends, of course, but still.  Nice lineup for Best Rock Song of U2, Green Day, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Springsteen. And French pop act Phoenix continues its rise with a Best Alternative Album nod for “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.”

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