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Grammys 2011: Eminem leads nominees


Story by Jack Foley

RAPPER Eminem will go into the 2011 Grammy Awards with 10 nominations, including album of the year.

The 38-year-old leads this year’s nominations field, ahead of Bruno Mars (with seven) and Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and country group Lady Antebellum with six apiece.

UK acts have also been recognised on several of the shortlists, including Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons and Susan Boyle.

In all, prizes in 109 musical categories will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 13, 2011.

Needless to say, by leading the field Eminem captured all the headlines, especially as they complete a solid comeback for Marshall Mathers III after his struggles with drug problems over the past couple of years.

He returned with the album Relapse in 2009 and its follow-up Recovery this year.

On top of his nods for album and record of the year, he is also shortlisted for song of the year for Love The Way You Lie, his collaboration with Rihanna.

But he probably won’t have things all his own way at the ceremony, as the coveted album of the year sees him up against Arcade Fire, country-pop band Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Of the UK acts hoping for success, folk rock band Mumford & Sons and Brit Award winner Florence Welch are up against Canadian teenage singing sensation Justin Bieber and rapper Drake for best newcomer.

And Susan Boyle – who topped the album charts in the UK and the US twice in the past 12 months – will take on Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the pop vocal album category.

La Roux and Goldfrapp are both on the shortlist for best dance recording and electronic/dance album along with fellow UK acts Chemical Brothers and Groove Armada.

And 27-year-old producer Alex Da Kid, aka London-born Alexander Hunt, will also be hoping for success in one of the four categories he has been nominated in for his work with Eminem and Rihanna, B.o.B and Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

The main nominees are:

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
Recovery – Eminem
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
Justin Bieber
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

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 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, songwriters (The Black Keys)

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 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