Beyoncé leads Grammy nominations with 10

Associated Press
Thursday, December 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Beyoncé has enough Grammy nominations for her and Sasha Fierce.

The omnipresent diva garnered the most Grammy nominations on Wednesday night with 10, including nods for album of the year for "I Am . . . Sasha Fierce"; song of the year for her anthem "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"; and record of the year for "Halo."

Country crossover sensation Taylor Swift-- the year's best-selling artist other than the late Michael Jackson -- wasn't far behind Beyoncé. The 19-year-old received eight nominations, including album of the year for her multiplatinum sophomore disc, "Fearless," as well as song and record of the year for her hit "You Belong With Me." Swift, who has won everything from American Music Awards to Country Music Association trophies to that now-infamous MTV Video Music Award, said her Grammy nominations represent her apex.

"To be recognized by the Grammys is the ultimate honor," Swift said by phone. "The last couple of months has been a nonstop dream come true."

Another diva was nominated in all three categories, too: Lady Gaga. The eccentric entertainer, who had five nominations overall, received a best-album mention for her debut CD, "The Fame," and her "Poker Face" got nominations for record and song of the year.

Other nominees for album of the year included the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." and Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King." The Peas were also nominated for record of the year for "I Gotta Feeling" and will compete against the Kings of Leon, who were nominated for "Use Somebody." The Kings of Leon hit was also nominated for song of the year, as was Maxwell's comeback hit, "Pretty Wings."

The Peas, Maxwell and Kanye West received six nominations each; Jay-Z and DJ David Guetta each had five.

The country act the Zac Brown Band was nominated for best new artist, as were R&B siren Keri Hilson, rockers MGMT, the punk duo the Ting Tings and the rock group the Silversun Pickups.

The year's most popular new artist, Lady Gaga, wasn't in the new-artist category because she wasn't eligible. Her single "Just Dance" was nominated last year, before she was a platinum-selling act. Previous Grammy nominees cannot be nominated in the category.

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said that scenario won't likely happen again.

The nominations for the Grammys, to be Jan. 31, were unveiled as part of a prime-time CBS special. It was the second year in a row that the Recording Academy revealed a handful of its 109 nominees during a televised concert; in the past, they had been announced during a morning news conference.

But Wednesday's special gave nominees the chance to perform, such as the Peas, who sang their ubiquitous "I Gotta Feeling." It also provided face time for CBS stars, like LL Cool J, the rapper-actor who is the star of "NCIS: Los Angeles."

Maxwell performed a tribute to Jackson during the special. For Maxwell, the night was a culmination of his return after eight years.

"This is very surreal for me. I'm not used to this," said Maxwell. "I've been throwing out my trash, buying my milk, and living in basic obscurity. . . . To come back and make a record based on my own living experiences and not on my desire to be Number 1 . . . I feel like I've already won."

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