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Eminem, people who are not Eminem nominated for Grammys

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The nominees for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards have been announced, anointing the albums worthy of adulation in 2010, and condemning all others by omission to a mass purging by bonfire. This year’s big potential winner is Eminem, who dropped the fart jokes and got himself the highest number of nominations (10 overall) and his first Album of the Year nod since 2003’s The Eminem Show. He’ll be facing off against Arcade Fire, Katy Perry, and Ladies Gaga and Antebellum in a category devoid of the usual industry lions like Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Robert Plant, etc. whom the academy always loves to settle on. In fact, for a year this dominated by relatively newer, youth-skewing acts, you’d have to go back to 2004, when Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below beat out records by Missy Elliott, Evanescence, Justin Timberlake, and The White Stripes. (Regardless, our money is still on the relatively safe choice of Lady Antebellum.)

Bruno Mars came in second to Eminem with seven nominations, while Jay-Z and Ladies Gaga and Antebellum scored six apiece. Elsewhere, Cee Lo’s song of the year “Fuck You”—or, as the Associated Press refers to it, "(Expletive) You," which makes us wonder how they'll announce it at the ceremony—will square off against other non-songs of the year for Song Of The Year, Justin Bieber will take on Drake and Florence And The Machine for Best New Artist Of 2009 That We Just Now Noticed, the reunited Soundgarden managed to score a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for a song recorded nearly 20 years ago, and Michael Jackson similarly got what could be his final Grammy nod for the single “This Is It,” unless the forthcoming Michael somehow gets feted next year for mostly sentimental reasons. Also, judging by the list, there have been no new metal groups worth recognizing in pretty much the last 20 years. Here are some of the major categories; you can check out the full list here, which includes the revelation that Sarah Silverman can now claim to be a Grammy nominee. Winners will be announced on February 13.

Album of the Year
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Eminem, Recovery
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

Record of the Year
B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars), Nothin’ On You”
Eminem (featuring Rihanna), “Love The Way You Lie”
Cee Lo Green, “Fuck You”
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State Of Mind”
Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”


Song of the Year
Ray LaMontagne, “Beg Steal Or Borrow”
Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence, and Bruno Mars, “Fuck You"
Tom Douglas And Allen Shamblin (for Miranda Lambert), “The House That Built Me”
Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey, and Marshall Mathers (for Eminem and Rihanna), “Love The Way You Lie”
Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott (for Lady Antebellum), “Need You Now”

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Florence And The Machine
Mumford And Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Best Female Pop Single
Sara Bareilles, "King Of Anything"
Beyoncé, "Halo (Live)"
Norah Jones, "Chasing Pirates"
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream"


Best Male Pop Single
Michael Bublé, "Haven't Met You Yet"
Michael Jackson, "This Is It"
Adam Lambert, "Whataya Want From Me"
Bruno Mars, "Just The Way You Are"
John Mayer, "Half Of My Heart"

Best Pop Album
Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
Susan Boyle, I Dreamed A Dream
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
John Mayer, Battle Studies
Katy Perry, Teenage Dream


Best Hard Rock Performance
Alice In Chains, "A Looking In View"
Ozzy Osbourne, "Let Me Hear You Scream"
Soundgarden, "Black Rain"
Stone Temple Pilots, "Between The Lines"
Them Crooked Vultures, "New Fangs"

Best Metal Performance
Iron Maiden, "El Dorado"
Korn, "Let The Guilt Go"
Lamb Of God, "In Your Words"
Megadeth, "Sudden Death"
Slayer, "World Painted Blood"


Best Rock Album
Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion
Muse, The Resistance
Pearl Jam, Backspacer
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Mojo
Neil Young, Le Noise

Best Alternative Music Album
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Band Of Horses, Infinite Arms
The Black Keys, Brothers
Broken Bells, Broken Bells
Vampire Weekend, Contra


Best Rap Album
B.o.B, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
Drake, Thank Me Later
Eminem, Recovery
Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3
The Roots, How I Got Over