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.
Beyoncé topped the nominations with 10, Taylor Swift garnered eight, and the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, and Kanye West each earned six nods. David Guetta, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga received five each; and Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, Kings Of Leon, John Newton, RedOne, Bruce Springsteen, T-Pain, and Keith Urban each received four nominations.
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 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 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 are the nominations in the four General Field categories:
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:
"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
The Ting Tings
Following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, the nominees are "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas; "We Weren't Born To Follow" by Bon Jovi; "Never Say Never" by The Fray; "Sara Smile" by Daryl Hall & John Oates; and "Kids" by MGMT.
Nominees for Best Rock Album are Black Ice by AC/DC; Live From Madison Square Garden by Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood; 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day; Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King by Dave Matthews Band; and No Line On The Horizon by U2.
Nominations in Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals are "Blame It" by Jamie Foxx & T-Pain; "Chocolate High" by Indie.Arie & Musiq Soulchild; "Ifuleave" by Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige; "Higher Ground" by Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters; and "Love Has Finally Come At Last" by Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby.
The Best Rap Album nominees are Universal Mind Control by Common; Relapse by Eminem; R.O.O.T.S. by Flo Rida; The Ecstatic by Mos Def; and The Renaissance by Q-Tip.
Nominees for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals are "Cowgirls Don't Cry" by Brooks & Dunn; "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band; "I Run To You" by Lady Antebellum; "Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts; and "It Happens" by Sugarland.
For Best Americana Album, the nominees are Together Through Life by Bob Dylan; Electric Dirt by Levon Helm; Willie And The Wheel by Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel; Wilco (The Album) by Wilco; Little Honey by Lucinda Williams.
This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominees are 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 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.
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.