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Grammy Nominations Set

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Nominations for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced recently by The Recording Academy and several artist were selected from the Christian and Gospel music scene.

Third Day topped the nominations with Best Gospel Performance for Born Again, Best Gospel Song for Born Again and Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album with Live Revelations. Gospel newcomer Heather Headley pulled in a few nods for Best Gospel Performance for Jesus Is Love her duet with Smokie Norful. She also scored a nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her project Audience of One. She is up against some longtime gospel favorites including Sheri-Jones-Moffett, J Moss and Smokie Norful himself.

For the secular side Beyoncé topped the nominations with 10, Taylor Swift garnered eight, and the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, and Kanye West each earned six nods. David Guetta, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga received five each; and Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, Kings Of Leon, John Newton, RedOne, Bruce Springsteen, T-Pain, and Keith Urban each received four nominations.

For the second year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live. The one-hour special — broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia at L.A., featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by the Black Eyed Peas, DJ/producer Guetta, Maxwell, Nick Jonas & The Administration, Sugarland, and host LL Cool J. Presenters included Linkin Park, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain, and Dwight Yoakam.

"The nominations this year truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence in their respective fields," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Once again, the GRAMMY Awards process has yielded a well-rounded and diverse group of impressive nominees across multiple genres. Coupled with the second year of our primetime nominations special, which featured stellar performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, the road to Music's Biggest Night and the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in January is off to an exciting start."

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Jan. 31, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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