The 2011 Grammy Nominees were announced yesterday. And thanks to Eminem and his “quitting-drugs-makes-you-better” opus “Recovery,” urban music is nominated in almost every single category… you know, except for the categories where Hip-Hop and R&B don’t qualify. ‘Cause, duh!
Nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the third 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” a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia at L.A. Live.
Eminem topped the nominations with 10; Bruno Mars garnered seven; and Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum, and Lady Gaga each earned six nods. Jeff Beck, B.o.B, David Frost, Philip Lawrence, and John Legend received five each; and Alex Da Kid, the Black Keys, Drake, Cee Lo Green, Ari Levine, Katy Perry, Rihanna, the Roots, Dirk Sobotka, and Zac Brown each earned four nominations.
“This year’s nominations are a true reflection of an exceptional and talented community of music makers that embody some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “It is most gratifying to see the GRAMMY Awards process once again produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres. Coupled with the third year of our primetime nominations special, the road to Music’s Biggest Night, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, is off to an exciting start.”
Here are the nominees in the four categories people really give a fawk about…
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
Album Of The Year:
The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry
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 New Artist:
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons
Other urban artists nominated for Grammies this year: Michael Jackson, Sade, Snoop Dogg, Faith Evans, Fantasia, Monica, Kelly Price, Jazmine Sullivan, El DeBarge, Jahiem Usher, Jill Schott, Chris Brown, Tank, Ronald Isley, Aretha Franklin, R. Kelly, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, Ryan Leslie, Ludacris, T.I., Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 13, 2011.