Eminem, the veteran Detroit rapper scored a leading 10 Grammy nominations Wednesday, including song and record of the year (for "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna) and his third career nom for album of the year. The Recording Academy certainly is doing its part to aid in Eminem's recovery. His Recovery also is up for rap album of the year, a prize he has taken four times. This looks like the erstwhile Marshall Mathers' year to break through in the top category.Bruno Mars, the Singer-songwriter-producer is next with seven mentions, followed by Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga with six apiece. Jeff Beck, B.o.B, David Frost, Philip Lawrence and John Legend drew five noms each.
There weren't a tremendous number of surprises among the major categories, though there is plenty of fresh blood in the album of the year race. Lady Gaga nabbed her second consecutive nom in the category with The Fame Monster, but three first-timers made the cut: Nashville country trio Lady Antebellum (Need You Now), Canadian rock band Arcade Fire (The Suburbs) and California pop/tabloid queen Katy Perry (Teenage Dream).
Perry, a phenomenally successful singles act, gets an album of the year mention but was shut out of the song and record categories. Her set debuted at No. 1 in late summer but sold only a middling 192,000 units despite including a No. 1 single ("California Gurls") and another ("Teenage Dream") that topped the chart a week after the album's release.