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Eminem, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga top 2011 Grammy nominees

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Eminem tops the list of nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards with 10 nods, including album of the year for his acclaimed and impassioned "Recovery."

Other top contenders for the golden turntables -- announced Monday night during "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live," an hourlong concert on primetime network TV -- include Bruno Mars with seven, plus Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga tying with six. Country's Zac Brown Band kept its momentum going with four nominations.

Continue reading for more news and a complete list of nominees ...

Surprises came early in the category for song of the year, starting with dark horse Ray Lamontagne for "Beg, Steal or Borrow." He's competing in a diverse heat with Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me," Eminem and Rihanna's collaboration "Love the Way You Lie," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and Cee Lo's sweet shocker, "F--- You." (Can't wait to hear that acceptance speech!)

This was a robust year for singles, but the album of the year category showcases some diverse choices, too: Eminem was a shoo-in, followed by Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster," and two slight surprises -- Katy Perry's lusty "Teenage Dream" (unworthy here) and Arcade Fire's indie-rock epic "The Suburbs" (a landmark for independent music).

Eminem won two Grammys last year for the album "Relapse," making his career total 11.

Taylor Swift won for album of the year last year, shocking many. She's not on the board this year, though; her new big seller, "Speak Now," missed the deadline for eligibility.

Best new artist contenders include 16-year-old phenom Justin Bieber, Canadian rapper Drake, Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and the category's sole but significant surprise, Esperanza Spalding -- an inventive jazz bassist and an impressive pick.

Bieber piped in via satellite to react to his nomination -- and was at a loss for words, and not for shock. "I don't know what to say," he said among stammers. "Uh ... it feels good." Then he hit his talking point: "I don't think of myself as a superstar. I just think of myself as a person who's living my dream."

For the third year in a row, the Recording Academy announced its competitors live during a concert special (as opposed to the previous early morning snoozefest) hosted by actor-rapper LL Cool J and featuring performances by Lambert, Perry, B.o.B., Bruno Mars, Train and the TV-show get of the season, Bieber.

Perry opened the show on the stage outside Club Nokia in Los Angeles with a purely professional presentation of her hit, "California Gurls," a celebration of "sun-kissed skin" while her backup singers and band were dressed in long sleeves and gloves for the December night. Mars strummed through a subdued but still soulful "Just the Way You Are."

Country star Miranda Lambert, who recently swept the CMAs, delivered the most rock 'n' roll performance, wielding a pink acoustic guitar and a well-earned swagger. Bieber's acoustic guitar wasn't pink, just his cheeks; he played "My Favorite Girl" via satellite from London.

Train, just the kind of corporate rock the Grammys love, struggled through a strained performance of "Hey, Soul Sister," which seemed as if it were in a key about two steps too high for singer Patrick Monahan. Train was, in a word, a wreck.

There was more music to choose from for this year's nominations. January's Grammys were earlier than usual, making that eligibility period for the 52nd Grammys 11 months. Thus, this year's Grammys cover more than a year -- 13 months of music, from Sept. 1, 2009, to Sept. 30, 2010. (Before you ask: Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" just came out last week, so we don't get that speech/freakout for more than a year. Cee Lo Green's "The Lady Killer" album missed the cut, too, but his "F--- You" single was on time.)

The Grammys will be awarded at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 on CBS from L.A.'s Staples Center.


THE LIST OF TOP POP NOMINEES
The complete list of Grammy noms is here.

Album Of The Year:
The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire
Recovery -- Eminem
Need You Now -- Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster -- Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream -- Katy Perry

Record Of The Year:
"Nothin' On You" -- B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
"Love The Way You Lie" -- Eminem Featuring Rihanna
"F*** You" -- Cee Lo Green
"Empire State Of Mind" -- Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
"Need You Now" -- Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year:
"Beg Steal Or Borrow" -- Ray LaMontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)
"F*** You" -- Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green)
"The House That Built Me" --Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
"Love The Way You Lie" -- Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers, songwriters
(Eminem Featuring Rihanna)
"Need You Now" -- Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
"Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)" -- "Glee" Cast
"Misery" -- Maroon 5
"The Only Exception" -- Paramore
"Babyfather" -- Sade
"Hey, Soul Sister (Live)" -- Train

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
"Airplanes II" -- B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
"Imagine" -- Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
"If It Wasn't For Bad" -- Elton John & Leon Russell
"Telephone" -- Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
"California Gurls" -- Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording:
"Rocket" -- Goldfrapp
"In For The Kill" -- La Roux
"Dance In The Dark" -- Lady Gaga
"Only Girl (In The World)" -- Rihanna
"Dancing On My Own" -- Robyn

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
"Ready To Start" -- Arcade Fire
"I Put A Spell On You" -- Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
"Tighten Up" -- The Black Keys
"Radioactive" -- Kings Of Leon
"Resistance" -- Muse

Best Hard Rock Performance:
"A Looking In View" -- Alice In Chains
"Let Me Hear You Scream" -- Ozzy Osbourne
"Black Rain" -- Soundgarden
"Between The Lines" -- Stone Temple Pilots
"New Fang" -- Them Crooked Vultures

Best Rock Song:
"Angry World" -- Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)
"Little Lion Man" -- Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Radioactive" -- Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"Resistance" -- Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
"Tighten Up" -- Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, songwriter (The Black Keys)

Best Alternative Music Album
The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire
Infinite Arms -- Band Of Horses
Brothers -- The Black Keys
Broken Bells -- Broken Bells
Contra -- Vampire Weekend

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
"Take My Time" -- Chris Brown & Tank
"Love" -- Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller
"You've Got A Friend" -- Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
"Shine" -- John Legend & The Roots
"Soldier Of Love" -- Sade

Best Contemporary R&B Album:
Graffiti -- Chris Brown
Untitled -- R. Kelly
Transition -- Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid -- Janelle Monáe
Raymond V Raymond -- Usher

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"Nothin' On You" -- B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
"Deuces" -- Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
"Love The Way You Lie" -- Eminem & Rihanna
"Empire State Of Mind" -- Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
"Wake Up! Everybody" -- John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

Best Rap Song:
"Empire State Of Mind" -- Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Sylvia Robinson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)
"Love The Way You Lie" -- Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers, songwriters
(Eminem & Rihanna)
"Not Afraid" -- M. Burnett, J. Evans, Marshall Mathers, L. Resto & M. Samuels, songwriters (Eminem)
"Nothin' On You" -- Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Bobby Simmons Jr., songwriters (B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars)
"On To The Next One" -- Shawn Carter, J. Chaton & K. Dean, songwriters (G. Auge & X. De Rosnay, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz)

Best Rap Album:
The Adventures Of Bobby Ray -- B.o.B
Thank Me Later -- Drake
Recovery -- Eminem
The Blueprint 3 -- Jay-Z
How I Got Over -- The Roots

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals:
"Bad Angel" -- Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson
"Pride (In The Name Of Love)" -- Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
"As She's Walking Away" -- Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson
"Hillbilly Bone" -- Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins
"I Run To You" -- Marty Stuart & Connie Smith

Best Country Song:
"The Breath You Take" -- Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (George Strait)
"Free" -- Zac Brown, songwriter (Zac Brown Band)
"The House That Built Me" -- Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
"I'd Love To Be Your Last" -- Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson)
"If I Die Young" -- Kimberly Perry, songwriter (The Band Perry)
"Need You Now" -- Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

Best Country Album:
Up On The Ridge -- Dierks Bentley
You Get What You Give -- Zac Brown Band
The Guitar Song -- Jamey Johnson
Need You Now -- Lady Antebellum
Revolution -- Miranda Lambert

Best Americana Album:
The List -- Rosanne Cash
Tin Can Trust -- Los Lobos
Country Music -- Willie Nelson
Band Of Joy -- Robert Plant
You Are Not Alone -- Mavis Staples

Best Traditional Blues Album:
Giant -- James Cotton
Memphis Blues -- Cyndi Lauper
The Well -- Charlie Musselwhite
Joined At The Hip -- Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites -- Jimmie Vaughan

This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to: Rob Cavallo, Danger Mouse, Dr. Luke, RedOne, and The Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine).

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Lady Gaga should've had more nominations. She writes, produces, sings (perfect pitch!) her songs and even co-directs her videos. Now that's a real artist.

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