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Jay-Z, B.o.B., & Fantasia Lead 53rd Annual Grammy Award Nominees

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It's a big year for R&B and rap hybrid tunes and the Recording Academy is certainly giving their stamp of approval to the artists who have had big hits in the genre with this year's Grammy Award nominations.

Jay-Z took in six Grammy nods, mostly for his chart-topping New York anthem 'Empire State of Mind' with Alicia Keys. Atlanta rap newcomer and T.I. protégé/artist B.o.B. follows close behind with five nominations for his pop hits 'Nothin' on You' with Bruno Mars and 'Airplanes II' with Haylee Williams and Eminem.

Gnarls Barkley front-man Cee Lo Green's infectious internet single 'F**k You,' which was recently parodied on 'Glee' by Gwyneth Paltrow and co-written by Grammy nominee Bruno Mars, earned Song of the Year and Record of the Year nominations. The Atlantic Records crooner has four nominations in total.

Backstage at the 'Grammy Nominations Concert Live' event, he said, "I was only aware of the two that they announced, but four is awesome. I'm speechless...just kind of living in the moment. I'm enjoying it for sure."

Fantasia Barrino, the 'American Idol' winner who had a rough year in the tabloids for her suicide attempt and dating a married man, pulled in several award nods. Her single 'Bittersweet' got Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance nominations and her album 'Back To Me' was nominated for Best R&B Album.

John Legend, who already has six Grammy Awards to his credit, received five nominations for his work with hip-hop's – and Jimmy Fallon's – favorite band, The Roots. The Philadelphia group is also nominated for Best Rap Album for their long-delayed Def Jam release 'How I Got Over.'

Also of note, Drake got four nominations, including Best New Artist, while Chris Brown and Sade received three. Kem, Janelle Monae, El Debarge, Monica, and Outkast's Big Boi, are a few of the artists that earned two nods.

Eminem leads all Grammy Award nominations with ten, including Record of the Year for his duet with
Rihanna, 'Love the Way You Lie,' and Album of the Year for 'Recovery,' which coincidentally is the year's best-selling album.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Feb.13 at 8 pm EST.

Below are a sampling of the nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Award Nominees:

Album of the Year
Arcade Fire – 'The Suburbs'
Eminem – 'Recovery'
Lady Antebellum – 'Need You Now'
Lady Gaga – 'The Fame Monster'
Katy Perry – 'Teenage Dream'

Record of the Year
B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) – 'Nothin' on You'
Eminem (featuring Rihanna) – 'Love the Way You Lie'
Cee Lo Green – 'F**k You'
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – 'Empire State of Mind'
Lady Antebellum – 'Need You Now'

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence & the Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Song of the Year
Ray LaMontagne – 'Beg Steal or Borrow'
Cee Lo Green – 'F--- You'
Miranda Lambert – 'The House That Built Me'
Eminem (featuring Rihanna) – 'Love the Way You Lie'
Lady Antebellum – 'Need You Now'

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
"Glee" cast – 'Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)'
Maroon 5 – 'Misery'
Paramore – 'The Only Exception'
Sade – 'Babyfather'
Train – 'Hey, Soul Sister (Live)'

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
B.o.B, Eminem and Hayley Williams – 'Airplanes II'
Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare – 'Imagine'
Elton John & Leon Russell – 'If It Wasn't For Bad'
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé – 'Telephone'
Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg – 'California Gurls'

Best Dance Recording
Goldfrapp – 'Rocket'
La Roux – 'In For The Kill'
Lady Gaga – 'Dance in the Dark'
Rihanna – 'Only Girl (In the World)'
Robyn – 'Dancing on My Own'

Best R&B Song
Fantasia - 'Bittersweet'
El DeBarge - 'Second Chance'
Jaheim - 'Finding My Way Back'
Kem - 'Why Would You Stay'
John Legend and the Roots – 'Shine'

Best R&B Album
Raheem DeVaughn - 'The Love and War Masterpiece'
Fantasia - 'Back To Me'
Jaheim - 'Another Round'
John Legend & The Roots - 'Wake Up'
Monica - 'Still Standing'

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Chris Brown and Tank – 'Take My Time'
Chuck Brown, Jill Scott and Marcus Miller – 'Love'
Ronald Isley and Aretha Franklin – 'You've Got a Friend'
John Legend and the Roots – 'Shine'
Sade – 'Soldier of Love'

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Faith Evans - 'Gone Already'
Fantasia - 'Bittersweet'
Monica - 'Everything to Me'
Kelly Price - 'Tired'
Jazmine Sullivan - 'Holding You Down (Going in Circles)

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
El DeBarge - 'Second Chance'
Jaheim - 'Finding My Way Back'
Kem - 'Why Would You Stay'
Kirk Whalum and Music Soulchild - 'We're Still Friends'
Usher - 'There Goes My Baby'

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
R.Kelly - 'When A Man Loves A Woman'
John Legend & The Roots - 'Hang On In There'
Calvin Richardson - 'You're So Amazing'
Ryan Shaw - 'In Between'
Betty Wright - 'Go'

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Bilal - 'Little One'
Cee-Lo Green - 'F**k You'
Carolyn Malachi - 'Orion'
Janelle Monae & Big Boi - 'Tightrope'
Eric Roberson - 'Still'

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Chris Brown – 'Graffiti'
R. Kelly – 'Untitled'
Ryan Leslie – 'Transition'
Janelle Monáe – 'The ArchAndroid'
Usher – 'Raymond v. Raymond'

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) – 'Nothin' on You'
Chris Brown, Tyga and Kevin McCall – 'Deuces'
Eminem and Rihanna – 'Love the Way You Lie'
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – 'Empire State of Mind'
John Legend, the Roots, Melanie Fiona and Common – 'Wake Up! Everybody'

Best Rap Song
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – 'Empire State of Mind'
Eminem and Rihanna – 'Love the Way You Lie'
Eminem – 'Not Afraid'
B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) – 'Nothin' on You'
Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz – 'On to the Next One'

Best Rap Album
B.o.B – 'The Adventures of Bobby Ray'
Drake – 'Thank Me Later'
Eminem – 'Recovery'
Jay-Z – 'The Blueprint 3'
The Roots – 'How I Got Over'

Best Rap Solo Performance
Drake - 'Over'
Eminem - 'Not Afraid'
Ludacris - 'How Low'
T.I. - 'I'm Back'
Kanye West - 'Power'

Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group
Big Boi & Cutty - 'Shutterbugg'
Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz - 'Fancy'
Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz - 'On To The Next One'
Ludacris & Nicki Minaj - 'My Chick Bad'
Young Jeezy & Plies - 'Lose My Mind'

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash – 'The List'
Los Lobos – 'Tin Can Trust'
Willie Nelson – 'Country Music'
Robert Plant – 'Band of Joy'
Mavis Staples – 'You Are Not Alone'




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