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Eminem, Lady Gaga and Local Philly Artists Headline the List of Grammy Nominees

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Ms. Po-ker Face, Lady Gaga, is up for 6 gramaphones.

Eminem, whose comeback album, Recovery is up for album and rap album of the year,  and Lady Gaga, whose 8-song EP The Fame Monster is also up for album of the year, highlight a diversified Grammy field with 10 and 6 Grammy nominations, respectively.  The show will be broadcast live by CBS on February 13 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

A number of local, Philadelphia-area artists were nominated, led by The Roots who garnered five nominations. Four of The Roots’ nominations are for Wake Up!, the collaborartive studio-album with University of Pennsylvania-alum, John Legend, covering 60s and 70s soul music, with themes of social awareness and empowerment. (Fela!, the Broadway show about Afro-pop inventor, Fela Kuti,  that Roots’ drummer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson co-produced, also earned a nod for best musical album.)

Strawberry Mansion-raised Jazmine Sullivan’s single, “Holding You Down (Going in Circles)” was nominated for best female R&B performance.  Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott (a.k.a. “Jilly from Philly”), Bilal, organist Joey DeFrancesco and Philadelphia soul legend Solomon Burke have also earned consideration in categories ranging from urban/alternative performance to contemporary jazz album.

 Although the Grammys have been increasingly devalued over the years due to the abundant number of categories (there are 108) and talent pool, with artists such as The Arcade Fire, Legend, Ray LaMontagne, Mumford & Sons, Cee Lo Green and Florence & the Machine up for major-category nominations, this year’s show should be more captivating than most.

For more information about the show, including a complete list of live performances and nominees, check the official site: http://www.grammy.com/news/53rd-grammy-awards-slated-for-feb-13-2011