This year, the Grammy Awards are spreading the wealth.
Fronting a diverse array of nominees, rapper Eminem led the pack with a total 10 nominations, including nods in such major categories as Album of the Year and Record of the Year, it was announced Wednesday night.
Not far behind: Bruno Mars, with seven nominations, including several as a songwriter, while Lady Gaga and country trio Lady Antebellum each earned six nominations, including one for Album of the Year for their stirring single “Need You Now.”
Many of the major nominations were announced live on CBS during an hour-long concert special hosted by LL Cool J from L.A.’s Club Nokia, which featured performances by Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Miranda Lambert.
Album of the Year nominations went to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, Eminem’s Recovery, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now, Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.
An enthusiastic Perry, who opened the concert special with a performance of her hit “California Gurls,” raved: “It’s like no other award show, because I feel like you’re being recognized by your peers.”
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