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EMI Music artists and releases score 31 nominations for 54th annual Grammy Awards

THREE NOMINATIONS EACH FOR COLDPLAY AND CHRIS TOMLIN

KATY PERRY CAPS INCREDIBLE YEAR WITH TWO NOMINATIONS INCLUDING RECORD OF THE YEAR FOR “FIREWORK”

DAVID GUETTA AND THE DECEMBERISTS EACH GRAB TWO NOMINATIONS

TWO NOMINATIONS IN BEST COUNTRY ALBUM CATEGORY, WITH RECOGNITION FOR LADY ANTEBELLUM AND ERIC CHURCH

Other nominated EMI Music artists include Swedish House Mafia, Danger Mouse, deadmau5, Corinne Bailey Rae, Fabio Biondi, Joyce DiDonato, Natalie Dessay, Antonio Pappano, Joe Lovano, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West & Mandisa

EMI Label Services partner labels score three nominations

DECEMBER 1, 2011 – Coldplay, Katy Perry, Chris Tomlin, David Guetta and The Decemberists are among the major multiple nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards to be held on February 12th next year in Los Angeles. Swedish House Mafia, Eric Church and last year’s big Grammy winners Lady Antebellum all feature among the 31 nominations picked up by EMI Music artists and releases.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “We talk a lot at EMI about our collective passion for music, and it’s the creativity and dedication of artists such as those nominated for next year’s Grammys that helps fuel that passion. These nominations show broad success across multiple genres and territories, and I’m looking forward to another successful event for our artists in February.”

Six-time Grammy winners Coldplay score another three nominations this year for the first two singles from their global number one album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ (Parlophone/Capitol Records). “Paradise” is nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category while “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” grabbed two nominations for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.

sixstepsrecords/Sparrow’s internationally acclaimed artist Chris Tomlin has three nominations for Best Gospel/Christian Performance, Best Christian Song (both for his number one single “I Lift My Hands”) and Best Christian Album (‘And If Our God Is For Us….’) making him a leader in the Christian/Gospel categories. Having recently celebrated a RIAA Gold Certification for his Christmas recording, ‘Glory In the Highest’, Tomlin recently entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 40 with his latest release, ‘How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection’.

Capitol Records artist Katy Perry picks up two nominations for her number one four times platinum hit “Firework” including a nod for Record of the Year and Pop Solo Performance. Perry recently wrapped up her internationally sold-out 122 arena ‘California Dreams’ tour with a free show on November 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to thank her fans. Perry is the first female to achieve five number one singles on the Billboard’s Hot 100 from one album and her sixth single from ‘Teenage Dream’, “The One That Got Away,” is currently in the US top 10.

Two-time Grammy-winning superstar DJ/Producer/artist David Guetta has another two Grammy nominations this year for Best Dance/Electronica Album for his acclaimed fifth studio album ‘Nothing But The Beat’ and Best Dance Recording for his electronic track “Sunshine” which he produced with Swedish DJ Avicii. Now an eight-time Grammy nominee, Guetta won the award for Best Remixed Recording back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.

The Decemberists earn their first-ever Grammy nominations this year for their hit song “Down By The Water” from their breakout album The King Is Dead which is released through Capitol Records and which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 in the US in January. “Down By The Water” – which reached number one on the American AAA radio chart earlier this year – has been nominated in both the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories.

After taking home five awards at last year’s Grammys, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Country Performance by a Duo or Group, Country Song of the Year and Country Album of the Year, Capitol Records Nashville trio Lady Antebellum this year released their third studio album, ‘Own The Night’, which debuted at the number one position on both Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and Country album chart. The album has produced two number one hits including “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss”, and is now nominated for Best Country Album. In addition to being the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, Lady Antebellum also recently won the award for Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group at the 2011 American Music Awards.

Eric Church’s critically acclaimed third studio album, ‘Chief’, which is also nominated in the Best Country Album category, debuted at the top of the Billboard Top 200 and held the number one spot on the Country albums chart for two weeks. In just over 10 weeks, the album was RIAA-certified gold. Church was awarded the ACM New Solo Vocalist of the Year Award at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year.

Superstar DJ collective Swedish House Mafia pick up their first ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for their number one Billboard Dance hit “Save The World”. The trio, who consist of superstar DJs Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, will make history this month as the first DJ act to headline Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Three-time Grammy winner Danger Mouse is nominated once again in the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical category, which he won previously in 2011. The nomination is in recognition of his stand-out production work on his Parlophone/Capitol Records album ‘Rome’, a collaboration with arranger Daniele Luppi that featured vocalists Norah Jones and Jack White.

EMI Music artist deadmau5 has three nominations. His latest studio collection, ’4×4=12′ is nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album while the track “Raise Your Weapon” from ’4×4=12′ is in the running for the Best Dance Recording award. Deadmau5 is also nominated in the Best Remixed Recording , Non-Classical category for his remix of “Rope” by Foo Fighters. One of the most sought after DJ/producers in the world, deadmau5 was previously nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.

Previous Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae picks up a nomination for Best R&B Performance for her creative and emotional cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” from her Parlophone/Capitol Records EP ‘The Love’. This is the British singer’s fifth Grammy nomination. She won previously in 2008 for her work on Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters”.

In the classical genre there are six nominations for EMI and Virgin Classics releases this year. Conductor/violinist Fabio Biondi’s new Virgin Classics recording of ‘Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte’ earns a nomination for Best Opera Recording. The album features a star-studded cast including acclaimed singers such as Diana Damrau, Rolando Villazon, Vivica Genaux, Philippe Jaroussky and American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Joyce DiDonato also receives a nomination for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her critically-acclaimed ‘Diva, Divo’ album on Virgin Classics, as did soprano Natalie Dessay for her ‘Handel: Cleopatra’ album and tenor Ian Bostridge for his ‘Three Baroque Tenors’ release on EMI Classics. Bostridge has to date received 12 Grammy nominations with two wins.

In the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and conductor Antonio Pappano are nominated for their recording of the ‘Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4′. The album also received a nod for Best Engineered Album, Classical, to engineer Arne Akselberg.

Blue Note Records’ acclaimed saxophonist and previous Grammy winner Joe Lovano received another nomination this year in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for ‘Bird Songs’. This adventurous tribute to the Charlie Parker songbook with his band Us Five features last year’s Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding on bass.

EMI CMG artist Steven Curtis Chapman’s 16th Grammy nomination in the Best Gospel/Christian Performance category is for his 47th number one hit, “Do Everything,” featured on Chapman’s latest Sparrow records’ release, ‘re:creation’. Chapman has won five Grammys during his career, and sold over 10 million records including two RIAA certified platinum albums and eight RIAA certified gold albums. Natalie Grant is also nominated for Best Gospel/Christian Performance, for “Alive (Mary Magdalene)”.

Matthew West earns his second career Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for “Strong Enough” which has been a mainstay on American radio, staying at number one for three weeks on the AC-Monitored chart. Lauded by The New York Times as “a vivid and compelling songwriter,” West is currently promoting his first full length Christmas record ‘The Heart of Christmas’.

Season 5 American Idol finalist Mandisa’s third Grammy nomination comes in the Best Christian Album category for her 2011 release ‘What If We Were Real’ on Sparrow Records. She is currently touring with label mate and fellow Grammy nominee Matthew West on The Heart of Christmas tour.

Three of EMI Music’s Label Services division partner labels have Grammy nominations this year. Levon Helm is nominated for Best Americana Album for ‘Ramble At The Ryman’ on Vanguard/Dirt Farmer Music; Jim Lauderdale for Best Bluegrass Album for ‘Reason and Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs’ By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale on Sugar Hill Records; and mastering engineers Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa who are nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category for their work on Sarah Jarosz’s album ‘Follow Me Down’ on Sugar Hill Records.

This year’s Grammy nominations are the first to be announced since the Recording Academy reduced the number of Grammy categories earlier this year from 109 to 78.

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