NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Nominees for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night. The broadcast will take place Jan. 31, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here is a shortened list of nominees from the major categories:

RECORD OF THE YEAR

“Halo” – Beyoncé
“I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
“Use Somebody” – Kings of Leon
“Poker Face” – Lady GaGa
“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

I Am… Sasha Fierce – Beyoncé
The E.N.D. – Black Eyed Peas
The Fame – Lady GaGa
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King – Dave Matthews Band
Fearless – Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Poker Face” – Lady GaGa (Lady GaGa, RedOne)
“Pretty Wings” – Maxwell (Hod David, Musze)
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyoncé (T. Harrell, B. Knowles, T. Nash, C. Stewart)
“Use Somebody” – Kings of Leon (C. Followill, J. Followill, M. Followill, N. Followill)
“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift (L. Rose, T. Swift)

BEST NEW ARTIST

Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

“Hometown Glory” – Adele
“Halo” – Beyoncé
“Hot N Cold” – Katy Perry
“Sober” – Pink
“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift

BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

“This Time” – John Legend
“Love You” – Maxwell
“Make It Mine” – Jason Mraz
“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” – Seal
“All About the Love Again” – Stevie Wonder

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS

“I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
“We Weren’t Born to Follow” – Bon Jovi
“Never Say Never” – The Fray
“Sara Smile” (Live) – Daryl Hall & John Oates
“Kids” – MGMT

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas
Breakthrough – Colbie Caillat
All I Ever Wanted – Kelly Clarkson
The Fray – The Fray
Funhouse – Pink

BEST SOLO ROCK PERFORMANCE

“Beyond Here Lies Nothin'” – Bob Dylan
“Change in the Weather” – John Fogerty
“Dreamer” – Prince
“Working on a Dream” – Bruce Springsteen
“Fork in the Road” – Neil Young

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS

“Can’t Find My Way Home” – Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
“Life in Technicolor II” – Coldplay
“21 Guns” – Green Day
“Use Somebody” – Kings of Leon
“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” – U2

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Black Ice – AC/DC
Live from Madison Square Garden – Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
21st Century Breakdown – Green Day
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King – Dave Matthews Band
No Line on the Horizon – U2

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

“War Machine” – AC/DC
“Check My Brain” – Alice in Chains
“What I’ve Done” – Linkin Park
“The Unforgiven III” – Metallica
“Burn It to the Ground” – Nickelback

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

“Dissident Aggressor” – Judas Priest
“Set to Fail” – Lamb of God
“Head Crusher” – Megadeth
“Señor Peligro” – Ministry
“Hate Worldwide” – Slayer

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today – David Byrne & Brian Eno
The Open Door – Death Cab for Cutie
Sounds of the Universe – Depeche Mode
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix
It’s Blitz! – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyoncé
“It Kills Me” – Melanie Fiona
“That Was Then” – Lalah Hathaway
“Goin’ Thru Changes” – Ledisi
“Lions, Tigers & Bears” – Jazmine Sullivan

BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE

“The Point of It All” – Anthony Hamilton
“Pretty Wings” – Maxwell
“Sobeautiful” – Musiq Soulchild
“Under” – Pleasure P
“There Goes My Baby” – Charlie Wilson

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS

“Blame It” – Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
“Chocolate High” – India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild
“Ifuleave” – Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige
“Higher Ground” – Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
“Love Has Finally Come at Last” – Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby

BEST R&B ALBUM

The Point of It All – Anthony Hamilton
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics – India.Arie
Turn Me Loose – Ledisi
Blacksummers’ Night – Maxwell
Uncle Charlie – Charlie Wilson

BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUM

I Am… Sasha Fierce – Beyoncé
Intuition – Jamie Foxx
The Introduction of Marcus Cooper – Pleasure P
Ready – Trey Songs
Thr33 Rings – T-Pain

BEST RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE

“Best I Ever Had” – Drake
“Beautiful” – Eminem
“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” – Jay-Z
“Day ‘N’ Nite” – Kid Cudi
“Casa Bey” – Mos Def

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP

“Too Many Rappers” – Beastie Boys & Nas
“Crack a Bottle” – Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
“Money Goes, Honey Stay” – Fabolous & Jay-Z
“Make Her Say” – Kid Cudi, Kanye West & Common
“Amazing” – Kanye West & Young Jeezy

BEST RAP ALBUM

Universal Mind Control – Common
Relapse – Eminem
R.O.O.T.S. – Flo Rida
The Ecstatic – Mos Def
The Renaissance – Q-Tip

BEST DANCE RECORDING

“Boom Boom Pow” – The Black Eyed Peas
“When Love Takes Over” – David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
“Poker Face” – Lady GaGa
“Celebration” – Madonna
“Womanizer” – Britney Spears

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM

Divided By Night – The Crystal Method
One Love – David Guetta
The Fame – Lady GaGa
Party Rock – LMFAO
Yes – Pet Shop Boys

Qualifying recordings were released between Oct. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2009.

Neil Young will be honored with the MusiCares Person of the Year award. Expect a surprise appearance from Kanye West around this time in the broadcast.

View the comprehensive list of nominees here.

(Grammy.com)

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