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Grammy Noms: Beyoncé Is Sasha-Fiercest of Them All

Thursday, December 3, 2009 , Posted by Narantaka at 9:50 AM

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If Grammys were rings, Beyoncé could end up with enough for all 10 fingers.
The diva leads the field heading into the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards with a whopping 10 nominations, including Album of the Year for the platinum-selling I Am...Sasha Fierce, Record of the Year for "Halo" and Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
Get the complete list of nominees.
Not far behind was fellow Album of the Year nominee Taylor Swift, whose 2010 promises to be just as good as her '09 after racking up eight nominations behind the strength of her sophomore studio effort, Fearless.
Kanye West, Maxwell and the Black Eyed Peas are tied with six nods apiece.
Beyoncé and Swift's competition for top album honors includes the Peas' The E.N.D., the Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King and Lady Gaga's The Fame.
Staring right into Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" for Song of the Year honors, besides Beyoncé's "Single Ladies," are Swift's "You Belong With Me," Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" and Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody."
The same Gaga (who, with five noms, didn't do too shabbily), Kings of Leon (four noms) and Swift songs join Beyoncé's "Halo" and the Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" in the Record of the Year category.
And so ended the amount of information gleaned from tonight's hourlong Grammy Nominations Concert special on CBS, which will air the actual Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, live from Los Angeles' Staples Center.
Perhaps the biggest deal tonight was the first-ever live performance by Nick Jonas & the Administration, who were introduced by Nick's proud yet suddenly lonely-looking older brothers, Joe and Kevin.
But in further, off-camera Grammy excitement, the Zac Brown Band, Keri Hilson, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and the Ting Tings are all up for Best New Artist of the Year.
Though shut out of the main categories in favor of a younger varietal, Madonna has a chance to add a little more hardware to her collection, scoring a nod for Best Dance Recording for "Celebration," though she'll be facing off against ex-makeout partner Britney Spears, who's nominated for "Womanizer."
Slowing down pacewise, if not careerwise, '60s-era warhorses Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Neil Young share the Best Solo Rock Vocal category with the slightly younger Bruce Springsteen and the only slightly younger still Prince.
Not one under 51, all awesome.
Meanwhile, Steve Martin might be hitting up more than the Oscars next year: His The Crow/New Songs for the Five-String Banjo is up for Best Bluegrass Album.
Onetime Wayne's World hottie Tia Carrere branched out as well this year, teaming with Daniel Ho for He Nani and scoring a nod for Best Hawaiian Music Album in the process.
(Originally published Dec. 2, 2009, at 7:10 p.m. PT)

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