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Eminem was the leading nominee with 10, but his chance of a huge Grammy sweep was diminished as he lost five of the awards in the pre-telecast. He still won one during the pre-telecast ceremony, for best rap solo performance, for “Not Afraid.”
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ With his 10 nominations, Eminem has the potential to sweep Sunday night’s Grammy Awards _ as well as win that elusive album of the year trophy.
But the gifted and twisted rapper might get tripped up by some fierce competition, including a song that rivals him for coarseness _ Cee Lo Green’s “(Expletive) You,” which is in competition with Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, in the record and song of the year categories.
Eminem’s “Recovery” was 2010’s best-selling album and a favorite to win in the album category. It marked a major comeback for the rapper, considered one of the greatest but who had been addled by a prescription drug addiction and critical malaise in recent years. It is the third time he’s been nominated for album of the year; he’s lost twice before.
But he also faces tough competition in the category, from the likes of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” and Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster.” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” are also nominated.
Lady Gaga won the first award of the day as the Grammys pre-telecast ceremony, hosted by best new artist nominee Esperanza Spalding and Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin, began in the afternoon. Rihanna was also among the early winners, beating out Lady Gaga for best dance recording with “Only Girl (In The World).” It’s where the bulk of the Recording Academy’s 109 awards are doled out. The show is only broadcast online and top nominees usually don’t attend; Lady Gaga wasn’t present to pick up her trophy for best short form music video for “Bad Romance” _ she was too busy being carried down the red carpet in a huge egg, on a cross.
Inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, comedian Kathy Griffin, a presenter, took advantage of not having to censor herself for TV as she peppered her jokes with expletives. She joked about the dozens and dozens of categories to go through: “Seriously, keep these speeches short, we have 90 (expletive) categories.”
The live telecast will feature the top nominees, like record of the year. “Need You Now” is nominated in both song and the record of the year categories. Other nominees for record of the year include Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” the New York native’s anthem for his city featuring Alicia Keys, and rapper B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You,” with a melodious hook courtesy of Bruno Mars.
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