- Title: USA: Black Eyed Peas hit stage for Grammy nominations
- Date: 4th December 2009
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 2, 2009) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGER WILL.I.AM OF THE BLACK EYED PEAS ON THE HIP HOP BAND EARNING SIX GRAMMY NOMINATIONS, SAYING: "It feels good to be nominated. To have the six awards is great. Wow. We could have gone the okey dokey route and we could have been forgotten about if we would have just, you know, a lot of artists they reach a level of success and they get comfortable and they don't think it's important to go out in the world and collaborate with people. Go to clubs and see what the kids are listening to. But we really did our homework and participated in what is. We would go into clubs, go into underground clubs and even DJ. So these nominations, I'm so proud that we didn't get swallowed by yesterday's success."
- Embargoed: 19th December 2009 12:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVABDUDTPFWNW1N2RPFC7EGKCVY
- Story Text: The nominations for the upcoming 2010 Grammy Awards are announced for the second year in a row at a special concert held in Downtown Los Angeles with rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J playing host, and performances by popular musical acts like the Black Eyed Peas, Sugarland, Maxwell, and Nick Jonas.
The contenders for the upcoming 2010 Grammy Awards were announced for the second year in a row at a special concert held in Downtown Los Angeles.
Rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J opened the "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" on Wednesday (December 2) night.
The 41-year-old rapped to a medley of the past year's hits from artists like Lady Gaga and Kings of Leon.
He then proceeded to play host for the rest of the show.
The Black Eyed Peas opened and closed the night with different versions of their hit song "I Gotta Feeling," which was nominated for Record of the Year.
In between there were performances by popular country duo Sugarland, R&B singer Maxwell, who sang a cover of the Michael Jackson ballad "Lady of My Life," and Nick Jonas of the popular brother band The Jonas Brothers, who took the stage for the first time with his side project Nick Jonas & The Administration.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr of The Beatles together shared the task of announcing the two biggest categories of the night.
First they named the nominees for Record of the Year: Beyonce for "Halo."
Black Eyed Peas for "I Gotta Feeling."
Kings of Leon for "Use Somebody."
Lady Gaga for "Poker Face."
Taylor Swift for "You Belong With Me."
Next they read the nominees for Album of the Year: Beyonce with "I Am... Sasha Fierce."
Black Eyed Peas with "The E.N.D."
Lady Gaga with "The Fame."
Dave Matthews Band with "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King."
Taylor Swift with "Fearless."
Four out of the five nominees (Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift) in the top contests each earned a Record of the Year and Album of the Year nomination.
Before listing the nominees for Best Album of the Year, the two veteran musicians noted that more than 25 years ago the late Michael Jackson won for "Thriller," and two decades prior the The Beatles won for "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Parade."
Beyonce led the field of Grammy contenders with a total of 10 nominations, followed in second place by teen country sensation Taylor Swift with eight nods.
Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and rapper Kanye West each walked away with six nominations, with Lady Gaga, DJ David Guetta, and rapper Jay-Z getting five apiece.
Swift, 19, whose "Fearless" album is the biggest seller in the United States in 2009, will compete with Beyonce for the coveted album of the year Grammy, along with Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and the Dave Matthews Band.
Four nominations each went to Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, Kings of Leon, John Newton, RedOne, Bruce Springsteen, T-Pain and Keith Urban. A wide range of musical acts earned three nominations, including Jamie Foxx, Eminem, Willie Nelson, Third Day, Justin Timberlake, and U2. Earning two each were ACDC, Neko Case, Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Common, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan, Imogen Heap, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews Band, Brad Paisley, Pink, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Steve Winwood, and Neil Young.
In all, there are now nominations made for the Grammys in 109 categories for 30 different musical fields.
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.
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