Eminem, whose comeback album, Recovery is up for album and rap album of the year,Â and Lady Gaga, whose 8-song EP The Fame MonsterÂ is also up for album of the year, highlight a diversified Grammy field withÂ 10 and 6Â Grammy nominations, respectively.Â 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,Â 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.Â Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott (a.k.a. “Jilly from Philly”), Bilal, organist Joey DeFrancesco and Philadelphia soul legend Solomon BurkeÂ have also earned consideration in categories ranging fromÂ urban/alternative performance to contemporary jazz album.
Â Although the Grammys have been increasingly devalued over the years due to theÂ abundantÂ number of categoriesÂ (there are 108) and talent pool, with artists such as The Arcade Fire, Legend, Ray LaMontagne, Mumford & Sons, Cee Lo GreenÂ 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 completeÂ list of live performances and nominees, check the official site: http://www.grammy.com/news/53rd-grammy-awards-slated-for-feb-13-2011