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:: Spotlight :: 2011 Grammy Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were announced recently 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. The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” February 13, 2011, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles

Eminem tops 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 have four nominations.

The following is a sampling of nominations in 108 categories from the GRAMMY Awards' 30 Fields:

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).

This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered the highest number of submissions ever with nearly 20,000 entries. However, due to low entries in Category 60 — Best Regional Mexican Album — submissions in this category were sorted into other categories for consideration. As a result, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will feature 108 out of 109 categories.

GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on December 15 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by January 12, 2011, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the GRAMMY telecast.

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**Winners announced**

Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
Song of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
Country Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance

POP:
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance,” The Fame Monster
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are,” Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, The Imagine Project?
Pop Instrumental Performance: “Nessun Dorma,” Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion
Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto

R&B:
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia, “Bittersweet,” Back to Me
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, “There Goes My Baby,” Raymond V Raymond
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Sade, “Soldier of Love,” Soldier of Love
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots, “Hang On In There,” Wake Up!
Best R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, “Shine,” Wake Up!
Best R&B Album: Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots
Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond V Raymond, Usher

RAP:
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
Rap Song: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3
Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz, “On to the Next One,” The Blueprint 3
Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, “Not Afraid,” Recovery
Urban/Alternative Performance: “F*** You,” Cee Lo Green

ROCK:
Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter,” Good Evening New York City
Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up,” Brothers
Rock Song: “Angry World,” Neil Young, Le Noise
Hard Rock Performance: New Fang, “Them Crooked Vultures,” Them Crooked Vultures
Metal Performance: “El Dorado,” Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier
Rock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, “Hammerhead,” Emotion & Commotion
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance

COUNTRY:
Female Country Vocal Performance: Miranda Lambert, “ The House That Built Me,” Revolution
Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, “'Til Summer Comes Around”
Country Song: “Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) (Need You Now)
Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
Country Instrumental Performance: Marty Stuart, “Hummingbyrd” (Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions)
New Age Album: Miho: Journey to the Mountain, Paul Winter Consort
Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band
Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater

LATIN:
Latin Pop Album: Paraiso Express, Alejandro Sanz
Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: El Existential, Grupo Fantasma
Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradición, Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Tejano Album: Recuerdos, Little Joe & La Familia
Norteño Album: Classic, Intocable
Banda Album: Enamórate De Mí, El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario

DANCE:
Dance Recording: “Only Girl (in the World),” Rihanna
Electronic/Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux

NEW AGE
Best New Age Album: Miho: Journey to the Mountain – Paul Winter Consort

JAZZ
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band – The Stanley Clarke Band
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee – Dee Dee Bridgewater
Best Jazz Improvised Jazz Solo: A Change Is Gonna Come – Herbie Hancock
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Moody 45 – James Moody
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard – Mingus Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album: Chucho’s Steps – Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

GOSPEL
Best Gospel Performance: Grace – BeBe & CeCe Winans
Best Gospel Song: It’s What I Do – Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Hello Hurricane – Switchfoot
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Love God. Love People. – Israel Houghton
Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album: The Reason – Diamond Rio
Best Traditional Gospel Album: Downtown Church – Patty Griffin
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Still – BeBe & CeCe Winans

WORLD MUSIC
Best Traditional World Music Album: Ali and Toumani - Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
Best Contemporary World Music Album: Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks – Béla Fleck
Children’s
Best Music Album for Children: Tomorrow’s Children – Pete Seeger with the Rivertown Kids and Friends
Best Children’s Spoken Word Album: Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies – Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

MUSICAL SHOW
Best Musical Show Album: American Idiot – featuring Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong, producer (Green Day, composers; Billie Joe Armstrong, lyricist)

FILM/TV/VISUAL MEDIA
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Crazy Heart
Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: The Weary Kind – Ryan Bingham from Crazy Heart Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters

HISTORICAL
Best Historical Album: The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) - The Beatles Jeff Jones, compilation producer; Paul Hicks, Sean Magee, Guy Massey, Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers

CLASSICAL
Best Classical Album: Verdi: Requiem – Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master; Christopher Alder, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers/mixers
Best Orchestra Performance: Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; “Deus Ex Machina” – Terrence Wilson; Nashville Symphony Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Best Opera Recording: Saariaho: “L’Amour de Loin” – Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin
Kent Nagano, conductor; Daniel Belcher, Ekaterina Lekhina & Marie-Ange Todorovitch; Martin Sauer, producer
Best Choral Performance: Verdi: Requiem – Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master; Christopher Alder, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers/mixers
Best Classical Vocal Performance: Sacrificium - Cecilia Bartoli (Giovanni Antonini; Il Giradino Armonico)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition: Deus Ex Machina - Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Serrano)
Best Classical Crossover Album: Tin, Christopher: Calling All Dawns – Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Lucas Richman, conductor

MUSIC VIDEO
Best Short Form Music Video: Bad Romance - Lady Gaga Francis Lawrence, video director; Heather Heller, video producer
Best Long Form Music Video: When You’re Strange - The Doors Tom Dicillo, video director; John Beug, Jeff Jampol, Peter Jankowski & Dick Wolf, video producers

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