Eminem leads the 2011 Grammy nominations, with nods in 10 categories.

The ‘Not Afraid’ rapper is in the running for some of the most prestigious prizes at the annual ceremony, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record Of The Year.

Singer-and-songwriter Bruno Mars got the second most nominations when they were announced last night (01.12.10) with seven, while Lady Gaga, rapper Jay-Z and country act Lady Antebellum all scored six.

Bruno – who, among his nominations, is up for Best Male Pop Vocal for his hit ‘Just the Way You Are’ – said: “It’s just been a great year, incredible, incredible year, and I can’t believe this is happening to me.

“We’ve worked so hard trying to make a living doing music and the fact that we’re here right now is incredible, incredible.”

Another track co-written by Bruno – Cee Lo Green’s ‘F**k You’ – was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and Cee Lo said he never realised the track, which was edited to ‘Forget You’ for the radio, would be such a hit.

He said: “It wasn’t meant to be a radio song. It was meant to be something with flair and first impression and it really took on a life of its own, and I had no idea it would become what it is today.”

In the Best Newcomer category, Justin Bieber found himself nominated alongside his fellow Canadian, rapper Drake.

He told LL Cool J – who hosted the nominations show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles: “It feels amazing – I can’t believe I’m in this position! I don’t know what to say!”

Among the performers at the nominations show were Katy Perry – who opened proceedings with ‘California Gurls’ – Justin Bieber, rapper B.o.B and indie group Train.

The 53rd Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 13 February 2011.

Grammy Awards 2011 list of main nominations:

Album of the Year:

‘The Suburbs’ – Arcade Fire

‘Recovery’ – Eminem

‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum

‘The Fame Monster’ – Lady Gaga

‘Teenage Dream’ – Katy Perry

Song of the Year:

‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’ – Ray LaMontagne

‘Forget You’ – Cee Lo Green

‘The House That Built Me’ – Miranda Lambert

‘Love the Way You Lie’ – Eminem feat. Rihanna

‘Need You Know’ – Lady Antebellum

Record of the Year:

‘Love the Way You Lie’ – Eminem feat. Rihanna

‘Nothin’ On You’ – Bruno Mars

‘Forget You’ – Cee Lo

‘Empire State of Mind’ – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist:

Justin Bieber


Florence and The Machine

Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Best Country Album:

Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Best Rap Album:

The Adventures Of Bobby Ray – B.o.B

Thank Me Later – Drake

Recovery – Eminem

The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z

How I Got Over – The Roots

Best Contemporary R’n’B Album:

Graffiti – Chris Brown

Untitled – R. Kelly

Transition – Ryan Leslie

The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monae

Raymond V Raymond – Usher

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:

‘Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)’ – Glee Cast

‘Misery’ – Maroon 5

‘The Only Exception’ – Paramore

‘Babyfather’ – Sade

‘Hey, Soul Sister (Live)’ – Train

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:

‘Airplanes II’ – B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams

‘Imagine’ – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare

‘If It Wasn’t For Bad’ – Elton John & Leon Russell

‘Telephone’ – Lady Gaga & Beyonce Knowles

‘California Gurls’ – Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording:

‘Rocket’ – Goldfrapp

‘In For The Kill’ – La Roux

‘Dance In The Dark’ – Lady Gaga

‘Only Girl (In The World)’ – Rihanna

‘Dancing On My Own’ – Robyn

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:

‘Ready To Start’ – Arcade Fire

‘I Put A Spell On You’ – Jeff Beck & Joss Stone

‘Tighten Up’ – The Black Keys

‘Radioactive’ – Kings of Leon

‘Resistance’ – Muse