Beyoncé and Taylor Swift dominate Grammy Award nominations

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Somebody lock up Kanye West because Beyoncé are Taylor Swift are getting ready for a showdown at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, January 31 in Los Angeles. The nominations were revelaed last night and the R&B diva led with ten via I Am… Sasha Fierce, while the country-pop sensation earned eight for Fearless.

The Black Eye Peas, Kanye West and Maxwell followed with six nominations. Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and producer David Guetta earned five nominations while Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Kings Of Leon Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino John Newton, T-Pain and producer RedOne each received four nominations.

Beyoncé and Swift will face off against one another in the top three categories of Album, Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The other Album of the Year nominees are Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D., Lady Gaga’s The Fame, and Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King. Surprisingly absent were two of rock’s biggest releases of the year in U2’s No Line on the Horizon and Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown. Both did earn nominations in Rock Album of the Year. The Best New Artist nominees are Zac Brown Band, Keri Hilson, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and the Ting Tings.

A partial list of nominees is available below. For the complete list of nominees, go here.

The nominations were announced last night during a primetime special held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. LL Cool J hosted the event, which included performances from The Black Eyed Peas, Sugarland, Maxwell, and Nick Jonas and the Administration.

The winners will be announced during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony to be held on Sunday, January 31 and broadcast live on CBS from the Nokia Theatre. The ceremony is being held earlier in the year than usual due to the Olympics. By moving the ceremony, organizer were forced to shorten the year’s eligibility period. All nominees were based on releases prior to August 31, 2009 rather than the traditional September 30. Albums released during that period will now be eligible for next year’s awards.

52nd Annual Grammy Award Nominations

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 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.

Best Rock Album:
Black Ice, AC/DC
Live From Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood
21st Century Breakdown, Green Day
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King, Dave Matthews Band
No Line On The Horizon, U2

Best Country Album:
The Foundation, Zac Brown Band
Twang, George Strait
Fearless, Taylor Swift
Defying Gravity, Keith Urban
Call Me Crazy, Lee Ann Womack

Best R&B Album:
The Point Of It All, Anthony Hamilton
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love and Politics, India.Arie
Turn Me Loose, Ledisi
Blacksummers’ Night, Maxwell
Uncle Charlie, Charlie Wilson

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

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