Eminem and R&B singer Bruno Mars lead Grammy nominees

Thu Dec 2, 2010 5:33pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Eminem, riding high on the comeback trail after spending several years battling drug addiction, led the field of Grammy contenders on Wednesday with 10 nominations.

The 38-year-old hip-hop star will compete for the three big awards of album, song and record of the year, as well as in a host of rap categories.

Other leading nominees for the major music awards included rising R&B star Bruno Mars with seven nods, while rapper Jay-Z, flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga and country group Lady Antebellum picked up six nominations each.

Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber, mobbed by young girls everywhere as one of the hottest new commodities in the music world, led a strong international field for best new artist. He will compete for the coveted award alongside a compatriot, rapper Drake; two British bands, Florence & The Machine and Mumford & Sons; and American jazz singer Esperanza Spalding.

Winners in all 109 categories will be announced during ceremonies in Los Angeles on February 13.

Rock bands were largely missing from the leading categories, as pop, hip-hop and country artists grabbed the spotlight.

Indie Montreal-based band Arcade Fire will fly the flag for the rock genre in the album of the year race. Its third release, "The Suburbs," will vie for the Grammys' top honor with Eminem's "Recovery," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" and pop singer Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."

Songs nominated for record of the year, a category that honors the artist and the producer, were "Nothin' On You," by rapper B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars; "Love The Way You Lie," by Eminem featuring R&B singer Rihanna; "F*** You," by funk singer Cee Lo Green; "Empire State Of Mind," by rapper Jay-Z & R&B singer Alicia Keys; and "Need You Now," by Lady Antebellum.

Three of those songs -- Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," Green's "F*** You" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" -- were also cited for song of the year, a songwriter's award. The field was rounded out by "Beg Steal Or Borrow" performed by singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne, and "The House That Built Me," performed by country singer Miranda Lambert.   Continued...

<p>Rapper Eminem performs 'Not Afraid' at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>