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GRAMMY Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Wednesday night by The Recording Academy during the GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live, which aired on CBS.

Eminem topped the diverse field with 10 nominations followed closely by Fender artist Bruno Mars, who garnered seven. Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga each earned six nods.

Mars scored a handful of nominations as a performer for his vocals on the chart-topping B.o.B track “Nothin’ on You,” and also earned several nominations as a member of the writing and production trio, The Smeezingtons. The Producer of the Year nominated trio, which consists of Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, is responsible for hits like Cee Lo’s “F—k You,” which picked up for nominations.

“We don’t know how it feels yet, because we just got the word. We’re a little awkward in these situations,” Mars admitted to MTV News following the show. “But the fact is that we worked so hard this year. In a studio not too far from here, in a little shack, we’d have B.o.B in there writing ‘Nothin’ on You’ with us, or Cee Lo writing ‘F— You’ with us. The fact that it’s being acknowledged by the Grammys is incredible. It’s really making us feel like we did something. We’re being acknowledged by the biggest.”

B.o.B and Mars performed “Nothin’ On You” during last night’s concert. Watch it below.

Mars also earned a nod for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his solo track “Just the Way You Are.” He’ll be competing in that category against another Fender artist in John Mayer. Mayer was nominated for single “Half of My Heart” from Battle Studies, which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. Mayer also picked up a nod for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for “Crossroads.” Interestingly, Mayer will compete in the latter category against Fender signature artist and Crossroads Guitar Festival leader Eric Clapton, who earned a Grammy nomination for his single “Run Back To Your Side.”

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s guitar work on “Hammerhead” is up for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, a category he’s previously won five times. Beck earned five total nominations with material from Emotion & Commotion, including Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“I Put A Spell On You” with Joss Stone), Best Pop Instrumental (“Nessun Dorma”) and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (“Imagine” with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare).

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Los Lobos — also up for Best Americana Album with Tin Can Trust — and Dweezil Zappa will compete against Beck for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

We’d also like to congratulate Maroon 5, Paramore and Train. All three groups were nominated for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals. Fender artist Dierks Bentley also scored a Best Country Album nomination for his bluegrass effort Up On the Ridge. A pair of its tracks, “Bad Angel” and “Pride (In The Name of Love),” earned Grammy nods for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

And finally, best of luck to Fender artist Jimmie Vaughan, up for Best Traditional Blues Album for Jimmy Vaughan Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites and Fender signature artists Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who will go head to head for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Click here to view a complete list of nominations.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 13, 2011.


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