EMINEM received 10 Grammy nominations, the most of any artist, including album of the year for Recovery, which has sold more than 3 million copies.
The 38-year-old rapper, who records for Universal Music Groups Interscope Records, is also a finalist for best song of the year, record of the year and best rap solo performance, the Recording Academy announced yesterday on a CBS Corp.
telecast.
Bruno Mars received seven nominations, including two in the record-of-the-year category.
Mars, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber performed on the one-hour program, which was hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J.
Exposure from award shows like the Grammys can propel album sales, Laura Martin, an analyst with Needham & Co.
in Pasadena, California, said in an interview.
These big platforms still have a lot of value and drive sales through sampling and discovery, Martin said.
Being nominated or performing on one of these shows can sometimes be as good as actually winning.
The nominations drew 7 million viewers last year and will help build a bigger audience for the Grammy Awards show, which will air Feb.
13 on CBS, the Recording Academy said in a statement.
Mars, the 25-year-old R&B performer, writer and producer who records for Warner Music Group Corp.
s Elektra label, was nominated in the record-of-the-year category for Nothin on You with rapper B.
o.
B, and as part of the producing team for Cee Lo Greens You - also a song-of-the-year nominee.
Record of the year recognizes a tracks artists, engineers and producers, while song of the year credits songwriters.
Three artists received six nominations: pop singer Lady Gaga, hip-hop impresario Jay-Z, and country group Lady Antebellum.
Lady Gaga, whose given name is Stefani Germanotta, was nominated for album of the year for The Fame Monster, and for best female pop vocal performance for Bad Romance.
The 24-year-old singer, signed to Vivendi SAs Universal Music, has sold 1.
35 million copies of The Fame Monster, released in November 2009, according to data from Nielsen Soundscan.
Jay-Zs collaboration with Alicia Keys for Empire State of Mind and Lady Antebellums Need You Now were nominated for record of the year, along with Love the Way You Lie, by Eminem featuring Rihanna, and the Cee Lo and B.
o.
B entries.
Eminem, born Marshall Mathers III, has won 11 Grammys, including best rap album for Relapse in 2009, 1999s The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000.
Recovery, released in June, will compete for album of the year with The Suburbs, from Arcade Fire, Need You Now, Fame Monster and Teenage Dream, from Katy Perry.
Bieber, the teen star who gained prominence on Google Inc.
s YouTube, was nominated for best new artist, along with the rapper Drake, rock bands Florence & the Machine and Mumford & Sons, and jazz artist Esperanza Spalding.
Artists who released albums between Sept.
1, 2009 and Sept.
30, 2010 are eligible for the 53rd annual Grammys.
Ballots are due Jan.
12, when they will be tabulated ahead of the awards show, according to the Recording Academy.
Bloomberg

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