Swift, Kings of Leon score major Grammy nominations

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 11:25pm

Taylor Swift's domination of awards competitions will extend into 2010 as she garnered eight Grammy nominations Wednesday night, including bids in Album of the Year and Record of the Year categories.

However, for a little more Tennessee flavor, she's joined in both categories by Music City rockers Kings of Leon, giving Nashville acts 40 percent of the spots in two prime Grammy areas.

Nominees in these and a handful of other categories were announced during a live ceremony Wednesday night. The show, televised live, featured L.L. Cool J as primary host.

Swift's Fearless faces off with Beyonce's I Am Sasha Fierce, Lady Gaga's The Fame, The Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., and the Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King for Album of the Year Honors.

Swift's "You Belong To Me" and the Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" were tabbed in Record of the Year and Song of the Year respectively. Opposing them for Record of the Year are Beyonce's "Halo," Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling."

Other nominees vying for Song of the Year include Maxwell's Pretty Wings," Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." This is a songwriting award, with all four Followill brothers sharing the "Use Somebody" nomination, plus Liz Rose, co-writer of "You Belong To Me" with Swift.

The Zac Brown Band secured one of the bids for Best New Artist, alongside Keri Hilson, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and The Ting Tings.

Sugarland, the only country act to get a performing slot during the one-hour special, were nominated for Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals. They're joined by Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band.

Beyonce led all artists with 10 Grammy nominations. The Kings of Leon and Keith Urban were among performers with four nods, a feat matched by Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, John Newton, RedOne, T-Pain and Bruce Springsteen.

David Guetta, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga nabbed five nominations, while Maxwell, The Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West received six.

Smokey Robinson made the latest Taylor Swift/West joke by commenting after she was named among Best Album nominees that she didn't have to worry.because "Kanye West isn't here tonight."

The 52nd annual Grammy Awards airs live Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. on WTVF-5. A complete list of all nominees in every field is available here.


1 Comment on this post:

By: HighlyAnnoyed on 12/3/09 at 10:25

Taylor Swift is a terrible singer and her songs are so lame. Proof that most Americans have absolutely no taste in music.