News: Kanye West, Jay-Z & Beyonce Lead 52nd Grammy Nominations

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 10:38PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Beyonce, Kanye West and Jay-Z will lead the upcoming Grammy Awards showcase next month with a combined total of 21 nominations including "Album of the Year."

According to reports, Beyonce and Taylor Swift snagged the most nods.

R&B singer Beyonce led the field of Grammy contenders with 10 nominations, followed by teen country sensation Taylor Swift with eight, organizers of the music industry's top awards said on Wednesday. Black Eyed Peas, R&B singer Maxwell and rapper Kanye West each had six nominations, with Lady Gaga and rapper Jay-Z getting five apiece. (Reuters)

The award nominees were announced during a ceremony Wednesday night.

George Lopez may have been star struck by Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr staring at him from ringside at Wednesday's The Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, but the comic and TV host still found the words to announce the nominations for Song of the Year. And they would be Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," Maxwell's "Pretty Wings," Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" and Taylor Swift's "You Belong to Me." (People)

Rappers like Eminem and Common are also up for awards.

R&B Album: "The Point Of It All," Anthony Hamilton; "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love and Politics," India.Arie; "Turn Me Loose," Ledisi; "Blacksummers' Night," Maxwell; "Uncle Charlie," Charlie Wilson. Rap Album: "Universal Mind Control," Common; "Relapse," Eminem; "R.O.O.T.S.," Flo Rida; "The Ecstatic," Mos Def; "The Renaissance," Q-Tip (Associated Press)

Jay-Z's last awards ceremony appearance was during last month's American Music Awards.

After the intro, Alicia Keys was on the main stage, accompanying herself on the piano while she sang "New York, New York," the classic made world-famous by Frank Sinatra. Meanwhile, the man who says he's the the modern-day version of Ol' Blue Eyes leaned on the piano, wearing a white tux jacket, black pants, a bow tie and sunglasses. After a few moments, the beat for "Empire State of Mind" kicked in and most of the audience rose to their feet. Mary J. Blige, Perez Hilton, Whitney Houston and many others were seen dancing in the audience. "Concrete jungle where dreams are made ..." (MTV)

Winners in all categories of the 52nd annual event will be announced at a televised awards ceremony on Jan 31.

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