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2011 Grammy Nominees Announced!

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grammy nominations announced 2011 Grammy Nominees Announced!

Wednesday night, the recording industry and all of America were abuzz with pageantry and promise as the 2011 Grammy Nominations were announced at the Grammy Nominations Concert at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. We were there and were treated to live performances by [lastfm]Miranda Lambert[/lastfm], [lastfm]B.o.B[/lastfm], [lastfm]Justin Bieber[/lastfm], [lastfm]Train[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Katy Perry[/lastfm], with [lastfm]LL Cool J[/lastfm] hosting the event.

[lastfm]Eminem[/lastfm] led the pack with 10 nominations, [lastfm]Bruno Mars[/lastfm] got seven, and [lastfm]Lady Antebellum[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] picked up 6 nods each, but that’s only part of the story.

The night started off with Katy Perry serenading the crowd with her hit “California Gurls.” The pop goddess rocked a silver outfit complete with wild/festive/shiny headgear. While the bit was pre-recorded, the performance was still amazing. The song made *spoiler alert* her later nomination all the more sweet. LL Cool J then kicked off the live show and threw it to Bruno Mars.

Mars, recently dogged by drug charges, made the crowd wonder when he donned a pair of sunglasses as he played an acoustic version of his hit “Just The Way You Are.” By the second verse, Mars’ fans were cheering, and he was one of the biggest hits of the night.

The Weirdest Presenter Couple of the Night Award goes to Selena Gomez and Foo Fighters’ member Dave Grohl. After Mars’ performance, they announced the nominees for Song of the Year (see below). The audience members weren’t the only folks who found Selena absolutely adorable. Grohl had his eye on the up-and-comer during the entire presentation.

Next, in another outdoor pre-recorded segment, Train rocked LA Live with the hit “Hey, Soul Sister.” Fans cheered while they watched the song which became huge this week after it was featured on Glee. Paramore’s Hayley Williams then took the stage and announced the nominees for Best New Artist. Paramore was a recent winner of the prize, and she welcomed the newest nominees to her very select club.

Justin Bieber and Miranda Lambert, respectively, performed two of the year’s biggest hits.  Live from London, Bieber stopped dancing just long enough to sit down with an acoustic guitar for “Favorite Girl.” Lambert looked particularly beautiful while belting out “Only Prettier.” We’re not saying she was staring daggers at Katy Perry while she sang the song, but the girl was definitely in her eye-line.

Music legend Stevie Wonder announced the nominees for Album of the Year. He threw it LL Cool J who was in the audience with the one and only Katy Perry! It was a total surprise to the superfans in the mezzanine who fell over themselves (and almost over the rail) to get a picture of their idol. It’s a small price to pay to be close to celebrity. Before there were any casualties, Bruno Mars returned to the stage (sans glasses) and performed “Nothin’ On You” with B.o.B.  A group of tweenagers in the nosebleed section screamed their love for B.o.B. so loudly they drowned him out.  Never underestimate the power of young girls’ lungs.

Beloved CBS late night host, Craig Ferguson then took to the stage and announced the nominees for Best Female Country Performer. Good thing Miranda Lambert was nominated. It would have been really awkward if she was just silently weeping when they panned to her. Although, LL Cool J is so amazing he would have been able to comfort her if she lost her nomination to her (fictional) rival Gwyneth Paltrow.

The night ended with LL Cool J announcing Record of the Year nominees. For a song with such a racy title, Cee-Lo’s “Album Commonly Referred to As Forget You” hit a nerve with the voters and was up for numerous awards including Record of the Year. (Your mom will not be pleased when she finds out the actual lyrics.) Just before the show closed with a rousing set by B.o.B., LL Cool J had a moment with an ecstatic Cee-Lo who could barely keep in his excitement and expletives over his nominations.

The evening was amazing. The stars were huge. The performances were epic. Now, we bring you your Grammy nominees!

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 (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)
“F*** You” — Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars (Cee Lo Green)
“The House That Built Me” —Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin (Miranda Lambert)
“Love The Way You Lie” — Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers (Eminem Featuring Rihanna)
“Need You Now” — Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)

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 Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
“Don’t Stop Believin'” — Glee Cast
“Misery” — Maroon 5
“The Only Exception” — Paramore
“Babyfather” — Sade
“Hey, Soul Sister” — Train

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 (Neil Young)
“Little Lion Man” — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston (Mumford & Sons)
“Radioactive” — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon)
“Resistance” — Matthew Bellamy (Muse)
“Tighten Up” — Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney (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 (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)
“Love The Way You Lie” — Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers (Eminem & Rihanna)
“Not Afraid” — M. Burnett, J. Evans, Marshall Mathers, L. Resto & M. Samuels (Eminem)
“Nothin’ On You” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Bobby Simmons Jr. (B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars)
“On To The Next One” — Shawn Carter, J. Chaton & K. Dean (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 (George Strait)
“Free” — Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band)
“The House That Built Me” — Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin (Miranda Lambert)
“I’d Love To Be Your Last” — Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate (Gretchen Wilson)
“If I Die Young” — Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry)
“Need You Now” — Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott (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

For the full list of nominees in 108 categories, head over to Grammy.com and don’t forget to watch the Grammies on CBS February 13th.

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