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EMI Music artists grab 47 nominations for 53rd annual Grammy Awards

Capitol Records Nashville’s Lady Antebellum scores six nominations including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year

Capitol’s Katy Perry picks up four nominations including Album of the Year

Dierks Bentley grabs three nominations in Country category

Gorillaz, Goldfrapp, VaShawn Mitchell & Forever Jones all earn two nominations

Other nominated EMI Music artists include The Beatles, Norah Jones, Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash, The Chemical Brothers, David Guetta, Little Big Town, Juan Luis Guerra, Alice In Chains, Patty Griffin, Chris Tomlin, TobyMac and Danger Mouse

DECEMBER 2, 2010 – Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry were among the major nominees for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards to be held in Los Angeles on February 13th, 2011. Dierks Bentley, Gorillaz, Goldfrapp, VaShawn Mitchell and Forever Jones were all named multiple nominees for the awards show, as EMI Music artists picked up a total of 46 nominations.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “I’m delighted to see the passion, creativity and determination of the artists we work with being recognized in this way, and proud to see such broad representation across all genres and categories. I’m sure that this is going to be another great Grammy Awards.”

Lady Antebellum have grabbed six nominations for next year’s awards, including nods for the top three categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year as well as Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Country Song and Best Country Album. Lady Antebellum’s sophomore album, Need You Now was recently certified triple platinum in the United States, with sales of more than three million and three consecutive #1 singles. The Capitol Records Nashville band has picked up two nominations at each of the previous two Grammy Awards, winning Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Run to You” at last year’s ceremony. The latest nominations come just one month after the band took home two awards for Vocal Group of the Year and the Single of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards for their smash single “Need You Now.”

Capitol Records artist Katy Perry picked up four nominations including a nod for the coveted Album of the Year, along with Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Perry followed up on the huge success of her 5x platinum debut One of the Boys with the release of her second studio album Teenage Dream earlier this year. Teenage Dream debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts in August and has since spawned two consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles with the summer smash “California Gurls” feat. Snoop Dogg, and title track “Teenage Dream”. Her
current hit “Firework” sits at the #1 slot this week for both biggest selling digital song and music video.

Dierks Bentley has three Grammy nominations this year, including Best Country Album for Up OnThe Ridge and two in the Best Country Collaboration With Vocals category for “Bad Angel” and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”.

The world’s most famous animated band and previous Grammy winner Gorillaz notched two nominations for their album Plastic Beach, including Best Short Form Music Video for their groundbreaking video for “Stylo” starring Bruce Willis that was directed by Jamie Hewlett. “Orchestral Intro” from Plastic Beach was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, while Damon Albarn’s band Blur was nominated for Best Long Form Music Video for No Distance Left To Run.

Goldfrapp also grabbed two nominations, with the 2010 album Head First receiving a nomination in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category, and the track “Rocket” being nominated for Best Dance Recording. This is the second time that the band have scored a double nomination at the Grammys, with previous album Supernature and the single “Oh La La” being recognized in the same categories in 2007.

EMI Gospel and Christian Music Group artists performed strongly in the nominations, picking up an astonishing sixteen nods. Forever Jones scored two nominations, with “He Wants It All” recognized for Best Gospel Performance, and debut album Get Ready featuring in Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. VaShawn Mitchell also picked up a double nomination, for Best Gospel Performance (“Nobody Greater”) and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Triumphant).

Amy Grant’s “It’s What I Do” and Chris Tomlin’s “Our God” both earned nominations in the Best Gospel Song category, while David Crowder Band and Switchfoot were each nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Three EMI artists were recognized in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (Steven Curtis Chapman, Sanctus Real and TobyMac), while Jeff & Sheri Easter scored a nod in Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for Expecting Good Things.

EMI artists also dominate the Best Traditional Gospel Album category, with nominations for Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Patty Griffin and Karen Clark Sheard, while Aaron Sledge’s eponymous album was nominated for Best  Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

Rosanne Cash has been nominated for Best Americana Album for The List. This is Cash’s eleventh career nomination, including a nomination last year for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Sea of Heartbreak,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen that appears on The List. She won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female for “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me.” The List also won Album of The Year at the 2010 Americana Music Honors and Awards Show in September. Cash’s first-ever covers album, The List is a collection of 12 classic songs she selected from a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” that her legendary father Johnny Cash gave her when she was a teenager.

The Best Male Country Vocal Performance category features a nomination for Keith Urban for “’Til Summer Comes Around”, taken from his 2009 studio album Defying Gravity. Urban has won the Best Male Country Vocal Performance twice before, winning in 2008 for “Stupid Boy” and earlier this year for “Sweet Thing”. Keith Urban’s latest album Get Closer was released on November 16th, and follows two previous consecutive Billboard country and pop #1 albums, as well as five previous solo efforts all of which have been certified platinum or multi-platinum.

Little Big Town are nominated alongside labelmates Lady Antebellum in the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group category, for “Little White Church” from the chart topping album The Reason Why. In their career to date, the group has earned three Grammy nominations, seven ACM nominations, and eight CMA award nods.

Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) was nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for his standout production work on albums including his collaboration with Sparklehorse on Dark Night of the Soul, as well as Broken Bells and The Black Keys. Danger Mouse’s forthcoming album Rome will be released on Capitol in spring 2011.

The Chemical Brothers continue a successful Grammys track record, with the recent album Further picking up a nomination in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category. The band have previously won three Grammy awards, with “Galvanize” (Best Dance Recording) and Push The Button (Best Electronic/Dance Album) winning in 2006, and We Are The Night also winning Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2008.

Alice In Chains are nominated in the Best Hard Rock Performance for “A Looking In View”. This is the seventh time the band has been nominated for a Grammy award, and follows last year’s Best Hard Rock Performance nod for lead single “Check My Brain,” the No. 1 hit from the band’s gold-certified album, Black Gives Way To Blue. The album entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 5, with first-week sales exceeding 126,000 copies.

Iron Maiden, whose career-long association with EMI Music has now reached 30 years, are nominated in the Best Metal Performance category for “Eldorado” from their latest album The Final Frontier. The album was released by EMI worldwide outside of the USA in August, and reached number one in over 20 countries.

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones received a nomination in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for “Chasing Pirates” from her platinum selling album The Fall. Jones has sold over 40 million albums worldwide to date.

The Beatles followed their successful digital launch on iTunes last month with a nomination in the Best Historical Album category for The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) stereo box set. The band is a seven times Grammy winner, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band having notably picked up the Best Album award in 1967.

Alaska-born mezzo soprano Vivica Genaux has been nominated in the Best Classical Vocal Performance category for her Vivaldi album on Virgin Classics. Pyrotechnics – Opera Arias features numbers from a dozen of operas and includes five arias receiving their first recording. Released in 2009, it has already been awarded the prestigious 2010 Echo Klassik prize in Germany.

Multi-platinum artist Juan Luis Guerra received a Grammy nomination for Best Tropical Latin Album for Asondeguerra. The Dominican superstar recently dominated the Latin Grammys, taking home three awards for Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Tropical Album, and Best Topical Song.

EMI Music superstar DJ/producer/artist David Guetta was nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his One Love Club Remix of Madonna’s “Revolver.” Last year Guetta was nominated in five categories including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for his production work with The Black Eyed Peas and won the award for Best Remixed Recording for his remix of his breakthrough international hit featuring Kelly Rowland “When Love Takes Over” from his hit album One Love. Guetta will release a re-package of One Love called One More Love on Jan. 25th which includes his latest track “Who’s That Chick” featuring Rihanna. One Love was originally released in August, 2009 and has since sold over 2 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide.

And in the Jazz categories, Hank Jones, who is released through EMI Label Services in Canada, is nominated for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo award on the track “Lonely Woman” taken from his album Pleased To Meet You.

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