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Grammys 2010: Beyonce and Taylor Swift lead nominations

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Story by Jack Foley

BEYONCE and Taylor Swift lead the field in the nominations for the 52nd Grammy Awards with 10 and eight nominations apiece.

They will compete against the likes of Black Eyed Peas, R&B singer Maxwell and rapper Kanye West, who also earned six nominations each.

British band U2 picked up three nominations, Depeche Mode and Coldplay picked up two nods each, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, and The Tings Tings are nominated for best new act.

The main nominees were announced during a televised concert in Los Angeles, hosted by rap star LL Cool J, and the winners will be announced on January 31, 2010, at the city’s Staples Center.

Among the categories that Beyonce and Swift will compete in are the coveted title of record of the year. Beyonce is up for Halo, taken from album I Am… Sasha Fierce, and Swift is up for You Belong With Me, from her second album Fearless.

They face competition from The Black Eyed Peas (for I Gotta Feeling), Kings of Leon (for Use Somebody) and Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.

Beyonce is also nominated for song of the year for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).

Of the British nominees vying for success, Coldplay are nominated for best rock performance by a group with vocals, and best video for their song Life In Technicolor II.

Depeche Mode, meanwhile, will compete against them in the best video category for Wrong, and are also nominated for Sounds Of The Universe in the best alternative music album category.

Fellow Essex musician Imogen Heap is nominated for best pop instrumental The Fire and best non-classical engineered album. Ironically, her third solo album Ellipse has yet to make a major impact on the UK chart despite reaching No.5 in the US.

Further British hopes lie with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, who picked up nods for best rock album for their live concert at Madison Square Garden, in New York, and Elvis Costello, who was nominated for best contemporary folk album for Secret, Profane and Sugarcane.

The Pet Shop Boys Yes LP will go up against Lady Gaga’s The Fame for best electronic dance album, and Adele is in the running for best pop vocal nominations for Hometown Glory, as is Seal for If You Don’t Know Me By Now.

Birmingham band Judas Priest also earned a nod for best metal performance for the song Dissident Aggressor.

View the list of main nominees