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Eminem's Recovery continues to go quite well.
The rap wizard was rewarded for his efforts with a leading 10 nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Record and Song of the Year for the barn burner, "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna.
Facing off against the resurgent Marshall Mathers for the 2011 Grammys' top honor, Album of the Year, are Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now and, in a welcome dose of indie recognition, the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, the third album from the Montreal-based group and its first to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Lady Gaga didn't just wind up with her second straight Album of the Year nod for what sounded like a deluxe rerelease of last year's The Fame, either. She ended up with six nominations, tying Jay-Z and Lady Antebellum for third in the field.
"Just the Way You Are" singer Bruno Mars earned him a nod for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, but his collaborations served him even better. He shares a Song of the Year nod for cowriting Cee Lo's too-blue-for-radio "F--k/Forget You!" and Record of the Year nod with B.O.B for "Nothin' on You." Mars trailed only Eminem in notching seven nominations.
Speaking of which, "Love the Way You Lie," "F--k/Forget You!" and "Nothin' on You" are up against Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" for Record of the Year.
Top 40 radio faves "Love the Way You Lie," "Need You Now" and "F--ck/Forget You!" are joined in the Song of the Year category by Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" and—score one for beard folk!—Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs' "Beg, Steal or Borrow."
Green can celebrate his good f--king fortune knowing that the other half of Gnarls Barkley is doing just fine. Danger Mouse, as half of Broken Bells, scored a Best Alternative Music Album nod for the cleverly titled Broken Bells and is up for Producer of the Year
Don't worry, just like every other award-giving body this year, the Academy didn't forget Justin Bieber.
The youngster is up for Best New Artist, along with fellow Canuck Drake, British folk-rock quartet Mumford & Sons, upstart British indie rockers Florence and the Machine and Oregon-bred jazz artist Esperanza Spalding.
Bieber's My World 2.0 is also up for Best Pop Vocal Album, albeit against the much more worldly The Fame Monster, Teenage Dream, John Mayer's Battle Studies and, way to go SuBo, I Dreamed a Dream.
The Beliebers aren't alone, either. Gleeks can rejoice in knowing that the cast of Glee's rendition of "Don't Stop Believin'" (regionals version) was deemed worthy of a nom for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.
Glee: The Music, Volume 1 is also nominated for Best Compilation Sountrack Album for movies, TV and visual media—but we expected that. It'll have to beat the soundtracks from Crazy Heart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, True Blood Vol. 2 and Tremé to get the gold.
And no, last year's top album winner Taylor Swift didn't go from hero to zero. Because the so-called 2011 Grammys honor work done between Oct. 1, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2010, Speak Now is eligible for the 2012 Grammys.
Makes so much sense, doesn't it?
(Originally published Dec. 1, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. PT)