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Nominations announced for the 2011 Grammys

by Shannon Harris on December 2, 2010

Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Lady Gaga were among the leading nominees for Wednesday's announcement of the 2011 Grammy contenders.

The Recording Academy gave Eminem 10 nominations which included album of the year, putting him at the top of a list of multi-nominated artists. Bruno Mars came in second with seven nods, with Lady Antebellum, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga in a close third with six nominations each.

"It's a sign of how much times, and Eminem himself, have changed that his leading nominations were not controversial, but expected and respected," reports the Associated Press, with a nod back to Eminem's hotly contested nomination for Album of the Year last decade.

Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber received his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and the singer will be contending with Drake, Esperanza Spalding, Florence & the Machine and Mumford & Sons for the title.

Lady Gaga was also nominated for Album of the Year for the second time in a row.

"It's amazing. It's like no other award show because I feel like you're being recognized by your peers. And there's so many fantastic performers and artists that could be in this category, so when they nominate you, it feels like a win," Katy Perry, whose Teenage Dream was nominated for Album of the Year, told the AP.

Other nominations for Album of the Year included Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now.

Song of the Year nominations included B.o.B's Nothin' on You and Cee Lo Green's (Expletive) You, both of which feature Bruno Mars. Other nominees include are Eminem and Rihanna's Love the Way You Lie, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys in Empire State of Mind, and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now.

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will broadcast on CBS this February 11.

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