The many facets of Beyoncé landed her a whopping 10 Grammy nominations, pushing her past the year's biggest star, Taylor Swift, who netted eight nods of her own for her smash album "Fearless."
Beyoncé and Swift will battle in Grammy's top three categories - with B's "I Am . . . Sasha Fierce" going against Swift's "Fearless" for album of the year, and Swift's "You Belong With Me" competing with Beyoncé's "Halo" for record of the year and against her "Single Ladies" for song of the year. Lady Gaga will also compete in those categories, as her single "Poker Face" got nods for record and song of the year and her album "The Fame" landing a prestigious album of the year nomination.
It was Beyoncé's work in "Cadillac Records" that pushed her past Swift, as the movie's soundtrack landed her nominations for best traditional R&B performance and best song written for a motion picture.
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"I got a feeling that tonight's gonna be great," said Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am as he introduced the group's massive hit "I Gotta Feeling" on the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" on Dec. 2. He turned out to be right, as the song landed a record of the year nomination, one of the group's six nods, including one for album of the year for "The E.N.D."
The album of the year category featured a few of the night's shocks, with Grammy faves U2 and Green Day pushed out by newcomer Lady Gaga and Dave Matthews Band's poignant elegy "Big Whiskey and The GrooGrux King."
U2's nominations for "No Line on the Horizon" were limited to the rock category, as were Green Day's for "21st Century Breakdown." Rockers Kings of Leon ended up with the more high-profile nods, as their smash "Use Somebody" picked up nominations for record and song of the year, while Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" rounded out the song of the year category.
The special also featured unique performances. Maxwell delivered a pretty, soulful tribute to Michael Jackson with "Lady in My Life." Nick Jonas growled his way through the TV debut of his new side project The Administration, which didn't sound nearly as "grown-up" or as different from the Jonas Brothers as the pre-show buzz would have had us believe.
Winners will be announced at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Jan. 31 on CBS.
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IN TOP CATEGORIES:
Song of the Year:
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga and RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
“Pretty Wings,” Hod David and Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
“Use Somebody,” Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
“You Belong With Me,” Liz Rose and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Zac Brown Band
The Ting Tings
“Black Ice,” AC/DC
“Live From Madison Square Garden,” Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood
“21st Century Breakdown,” Green Day
“Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King,” Dave Matthews Band
“No Line On The Horizon,” U2