The nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards have been revealed and surprises abound — starting with the overall noms count.

Eminem, the gay community’s former public enemy number one, leads the field with 10 nods on the strength of his post-addiction comeback album, “Recovery,” and the massive hit single it yielded, “Love The Way You Lie.” Pop crooner Bruno Mars comes in second with seven noms, while there’s a three-way tie for third between Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and gay fave Lady Gaga who score six nods apiece.

The Grammy Awards will be presented live Feb. 13 on CBS. Here are the nominees in the Big Four categories and for Best Dance Recording.

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, Holly Hafferman & 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

Two more categories to keep an eye on include Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (where “Don’t Stop Believin’” by the cast of “Glee” is in contention) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry face-off for diva supremacy). : :


David Stout

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