Eminem, Justin Bieber likely to secure Grammy nods
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even though Grammy nominations will not be announced until later on Wednesday, organizers of the music industry's top awards have already signaled that some likely contenders will include teen idol Justin Bieber and pop star Katy Perry.
Both are scheduled to perform during a one-hour concert special televised on the U.S. CBS network when nominees will be announced in five major categories.
The event, beginning at 10 p.m. EST (0300 GMT Thursday) in Los Angeles and broadcast live to viewers on the East Coast, also features performances by rock band Train, rapper B.o.B, country singer Miranda Lambert, and singer/songwriter Bruno Mars.
Traditionally, most performers in the program end up with Grammy nominations. Last year's roster included French DJ David Guetta, funk band the Black Eyed Peas, soul singer Maxwell and country group Sugarland. All scored nominations, and all but Sugarland ended up with statuettes.
Industry pundits also expect Eminem to figure highly in the big categories, including album of the year for his latest release, "Recovery," which will likely be the biggest seller of 2010 in the United States.
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Grammy voters love to reward artists on the comeback trail, especially if they have overcome an addiction or other personal setbacks along the way, and the 38-year-old rapper fulfills those criteria.
He went almost five years between studio albums, spending much of his time holed up in his Detroit home battling an addiction to prescription medication. He nearly died of a methadone overdose in 2007.
Eminem returned to the limelight in May 2009 with "Relapse," an album that chronicled his personal demons. It was one of the biggest sellers of the year, and picked up two Grammys last January, bringing his career tally to 11. Continued...