Thursday, December 2, 2010; 1:04 AM
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Eminem, riding high on the comeback trail after spending several years battling drug addiction, led the field of Grammy Award contenders Wednesday with 10 nominations.
The 38-year-old hip-hop star will compete for the three big awards of album, song and record of the year, as well as in a host of rap categories.
Other leading nominees in the major categories included rising R&B star Bruno Mars with seven nominations, followed by rapper Jay-Z, flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga and country group Lady Antebellum, who had six nods each.
Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber led a strong international field for best new artist. He will compete for the award against a countryman, the rapper Drake, as well as British bands Florence & the Machine and Mumford & Sons, and American jazz singer Esperanza Spalding.
Winners in all 109 categories will be announced during ceremonies in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
Rock bands were largely missing from the leading categories, as pop, hip-hop and country artists grabbed the spotlight.
The Montreal-based indie band Arcade Fire will fly the flag for the rock genre in the album of the year category. Its third release, "The Suburbs," will compete for the Grammys' top honor against Eminem's "Recovery," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" and pop singer Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."
Songs nominated for record of the year, a category that honors the artist and the producer, were "Nothin' on You," by rapper B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars; "Love the Way You Lie," by Eminem featuring R&B singer Rihanna; "Forget You," by funk singer Cee Lo Green; "Empire State of Mind," by rapper Jay-Z and R&B singer Alicia Keys; and "Need You Now," by Lady Antebellum.
Three of those songs - Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," Green's "Forget You" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" - were also cited for song of the year, a songwriter's award.
Here is a list of nominees in key categories for the 2011 Grammy Awards:
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; "Forget You," Cee Lo Green; "Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z and 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); "Forget You," Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence and Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green); "The House That Built Me," Tom Douglas and Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert); "Love the Way You Lie," Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey and Eminem, songwriters (Eminem, featuring Rihanna); "Need You Now," Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum).
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: "My World 2.0," Justin Bieber; "I Dreamed a Dream," Susan Boyle; "The Fame Monster," Lady Gaga; "Battle Studies," John Mayer; "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry.
BEST ROCK ALBUM: "Emotion & Commotion," Jeff Beck; "The Resistance," Muse; "Backspacer," Pearl Jam; "Mojo," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; "Le Noise," Neil Young.
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 CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUM: "Graffiti," Chris Brown; "Untitled," R. Kelly; "Transition," Ryan Leslie; "The ArchAndroid," Janelle Mone; "Raymond V Raymond," Usher.
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 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.