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EMI Music’s David Guetta fuels global success with five Grammy nods, electrifies US TV audience with Grammy nominations concert performance

Other nominations underscore EMI Music’s multi-genre creative success; Keith Urban earns four nominations, Lady Antebellum and Trace Adkins earn two each; Willie Nelson and EMI CMG’s “Oh Happy Day” get three nods

Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Heather Headley add two nominations each

Alice In Chains, The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, Greg Kurstin, Smokie Norful, Katy Perry, Pet Shop Boys, Sir Simon Rattle, Röyksopp among other nominees

December 3, 2009 – A genre-spanning group of EMI Music artists, led by David Guetta, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Heather Headley have earned multiple nominations for one of the music industry’s highest honors at the upcoming Grammy® Awards. The EMI Music family earned a total of 56 Grammy Award nominations, which will be handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31st, 2010.

In last evening’s Grammy Nomination Concert on the CBS Network, globe-trotting artist, DJ and producer David Guetta displayed his creative talents in a show-opening performance with the Black Eyed Peas and earned five nominations, including three for his global smash hit album, “One Love” (Astralwerks), which has gone multi-platinum and has reached #1 in 17 countries. Guetta earned nods for Best Electronic/Dance Album; Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical; and Best Dance recording. He is also up for Album of the Year and Record of the Year awards for his work on the Black Eyed Peas’ album, “The E.N.D.” David Guetta’s current single “Sexy Bitch” featuring Akon has gone platinum in the U.S. and is currently #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Guetta has just completed a highly successful DJ tour of the U.S. and will return on New Year’s Eve to play for 90,000 fans at the “Together as One” festival at the L.A. Sports Arena.

“These nominations show the creative excellence of our artists from so many genres and so many parts of the globe,” said Elio Leoni-Sceti, EMI Music Chief Executive Officer. “Congratulations to all EMI Music’s nominees, their teams and management for continuing to touch the lives of fans around the world. I’m so pleased David Guetta has been recognized for his outstanding work in what has been a truly breakthrough year for him.”

Capitol Nashville artist and two-time Grammy winner Keith Urban earned four nominations, including for Best Country Album for “Defying Gravity,” Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the single “Sweet Thing” and best Long Form Music Video for “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour Live.” In addition, Urban was nominated for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the duet “Start a Band” he performed with Brad Paisley on Paisley’s album “Play.” Urban, who recently took home an American Music Award (AMA) for Best Male Country Artist, released his sixth album, “Defying Gravity,” earlier this year which has produced two #1 singles to bring his total career #1′s to eleven. Urban will kickoff the international leg of his Escape Together World Tour in Melbourne, Australia on December 11th.

Legendary singer and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Willie Nelson was nominated twice for his Blue Note Records album “American Classic,” earning a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, as well as Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for Nelson’s duet with label mate Norah Jones on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” “American Classic” is Nelson’s first album of jazz standards since his landmark 1978 Grammy-winning masterpiece “Stardust.” He also shares a nomination for Best Americana album for “Willie and The Wheel” with the group Asleep at the Wheel.

Capitol Nashville trio Lady Antebellum earned nominations for Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group and Best Country Song for the track, “I Run To You,” just one month after taking home two awards for Vocal Group of the Year and the Single of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The good news comes as Lady A makes history as the first country group to break the Top 10 of Billboard’s all genre Hot 100 chart since the Dixie Chicks in 2007. They cracked the top five last week with their multi-week #1 hit “Need You Now.” The band becomes only the third country group to ever appear in the Hot 100′s Top 10 this decade. “Need You Now” is also spending its third consecutive week at #1 on both country charts in the U.S. and its eighth consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard Canada Country chart. Last year the Platinum selling trio earned their first two Grammy nominations including one for Best New Artist.

Capitol Nashville’s multi-Platinum selling Trace Adkins nabbed two more Grammy nominations this year for Best Male Country Performance for “All I Ask for Anymore” and the song also is nominated for Best Country Song. Adkins received his first two Grammy nominations last year. “All I Ask for Anymore” is from his album “X” (TEN). In addition, his label mate Dierks Bentley received his seventh career Grammy nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (with Patty Griffin) for his song “Beautiful World,” off Bentley’s #1 selling album “Feel That Fire.”

Seven-time Grammy winners Coldplay earned two nominations for the track “Life in Technicolor II” (Best Rock Performance by A Duo Or Group with Vocals and Best Short Form Music Video) off their “Prospekt’s March” EP. Last year the band had the most Grammy Award nominations of any group, with seven nominations across major categories including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Multi-Grammy nominated electro legends Depeche Mode received two Grammy nominations this year including Best Alternative Album for their acclaimed 12th studio release “Sounds of the Universe” and a nomination in the Best Short Form Music Video category for “Wrong,” which was the album’s first single. Depeche Mode kicked off their Tour of the Universe in 2009, playing in front of 2.1 million people around the world by the time the tour concludes at Dusseldorf, Germany’s ESPRIT Arena on February 27, 2010.

“All Together Now,” the documentary about the making of The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles: LOVE,” is Grammy-nominated in the Long Form Music Video category. The documentary details the story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the creation and 2006 launch of “LOVE,” the stage production still playing to packed houses at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The show’s music, the experimental Beatles soundscape album of the same name, garnered two Grammy Awards for producers Sir George Martin and Giles Martin in the categories of Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Medium and Surround Sound Album.

Capitol Records recording artist Katy Perry earns her second consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal performance. Her 2010 nomination for “Hot N Cold” follows her 2009 nomination for “I Kissed a Girl;” both tracks from her debut album “One of the Boys” which has sold over 2.5 million albums and 19 million singles worldwide. Perry was a presenter at the Grammy Nominations Concert last night and is currently in the studio working on her follow up to be released next year.

Alice in Chains have garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Check My Brain,” the smash hit single from the band’s new album “Black Gives Way to Blue.” Fueled by the chart-topping track, which hit #1 on the Modern, Active and Rock formats and was hailed by Spin magazine as “one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains’ history,” the album entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at #5, with first-week sales exceeding 126,000 copies. Alice in Chains will launch a North American headlining tour in February.

Singer Rosanne Cash, a past Grammy winner, was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Sea of Heartbreak,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen from her critically acclaimed album “The List” on Manhattan Records. The album is a collection of 12 cover songs selected from a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” that her legendary father Johnny Cash gave her when she was a teenager.

Three-time Grammy Award winners Beastie Boys earned a nomination for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Too Many Rappers” featuring Nas.

Jazz/hip-hop keyboardist Robert Glasper received his first-ever Grammy nomination with a nod in the R&B category for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “All Matter,” a track featuring vocalist Bilal from Glasper’s Blue Note Records album “Double-Booked.” The album features both sides of Glasper’s musical persona with his acoustic jazz Trio and his hip-hop fusion Experiment band.

Greg Kurstin, producer and keyboardist of the bird and the bee with vocalist Inara George, was nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. A first-time Grammy nominee, Kurstin produced Lily Allen’s album “It’s Not Me, It’s You” on Capitol Records, as well as the bird and the bee’s album “Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future” on Blue Note Records.

Pet Shop Boys earned a nomination in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category for their album “Yes.” This is their 5th Grammy nomination. “Yes,” the band’s first album on Astralwerks and tenth album overall, debuted at an impressive number 32 on the Billboard 200, achieving the act’s highest position on that chart since 1993′s “Very” debuted at number 20. In addition, Astralwerks artist Röyksopp earned a nomination for “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” for their track “The Girl and the Robot (Jean Elan Remix).” This is the first nomination for the Norwegian electronic duo.

In the classical genre, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic earned a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance. Sir Simon helms the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has recently renewed his relationship until 2018; in addition to continuing his legacy with EMI for another four years. Sir Simon and the Berlin Philharmonic have just wrapped an acclaimed US tour which included well-received stops at New York’s Carnegie Hall and L.A’s Disney Hall. Simon Rattle is a previous Grammy Award winner.

Virgin Classics album “Britten: Billy Budd” earned two nominations; one for Best Opera Recording, featuring Daniel Harding, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose & Gidon Saks, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus. It was also tapped for Best Engineered Album, Classical. John Fraser, producer of “Britten: Billy Budd” was again nominated Producer of the Year, Classical. In addition, David Frost is nominated for Producer of the Year which includes his work on two EMI Classics albums, “An American Journey” (Eroica Trio) and “Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 22″ (Jonathan Biss & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra).

In the Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra), conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, and soloist Evgeny Kissin of the Philharmonia Orchestra received a nomination for “Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3.” And, three-time Grammy Award winning pianist Martha Argerich earns another nod for Best Chamber Music Performance for “Schumann/Bartok: The Berlin Recital.”

Compilation album, “Oh Happy Day” from EMI Gospel/Vector had three nominations, including for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for the track “Higher Ground,” featuring Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters; Best Gospel Performance for the track “I Believe,” by Jonny Lang With Fisk Jubilee Singers, and the album itself was nominated for Best Traditional Gospel Album. The album’s producers included EMI CMG’s President & CEO Bill Hearn and EMI Gospel’s Ken Pennell.

Other Gospel Field nominees from the EMI family include Grammy winner Smokie Norful for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for his “Smokie Norful: Live” album. Former American Idol finalist and previous Grammy nominee Mandisa was tapped for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Last year’s winner of Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album TobyMac is nominated for Best Gospel Song for “City On Our Knees.” Kierra Sheard is nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album; first-time nominee and Sparrow Records recording artist Matthew West received a nomination for Best Gospel Song for “The Motions.” In addition, Jeremy Camp earned a nod for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Gaither Music Group artists Jason Crabb and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound both received nominations for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album. And, in her solo debut album for EMI Gospel, Sheri Jones-Moffett was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album, a category in which EMI Gospel has four out of the five nominees. In addition, the album “Lost in the Sound of Separation” from Tooth & Nail artists Underoath earned a nomination for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

Capitol Latin artist Shaila Durcal received a nomination for Best Regional Mexican Album for “Corazon Ranchero” (Ranchero Heart). Durcal recently performed at 2009 Latin Grammy Awards held in Las Vegas where she was also nominated for Best Ranchero Album, “Corazon Ranchero.” In 2007, Shaila was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Female Pop Vocal Album category for her album “Recordando.”

Bebe, Spanish singer-songwriter received a nomination for Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album for her recently released album “Y” (“And That’s That”). In 2005, her breakthrough album “Pafuera Telarañas” (“Blowing Away the Cobwebs”) gained international recognition and garnered her five Latin Grammy nominations and a win for Best New Artist.

EMI Music-distributed Welk Music Group’s Sugar Hill and Vanguard labels also earned six nominations in the Country and American Roots fields. Nominations included Best Americana Album for Levon Helm’s “Electric Dirt” (Vanguard) and The Robert Cray Band for Best Contemporary Blues Album, as well two nods for Sugar Hill for Best Country Instrumental Performance for The Crystal Merchant and Sarah Jarosz. Additional Sugar Hill nominees include Bryan Sutton and Friends (Best Bluegrass Album) and Maura O’Connell (Best Traditional Folk Album).

Funny lady Kathy Griffin also received a Best Comedy Album nod for “Suckin’ It for the Holidays” (Music with a Twist.), distributed by EMI Label Services.

Click for the full list of EMI 2010 Grammy Nominees.

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