With nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards not being announced until December 1, Eminem is already being seen as a top contender to pick up the most trophies. To date, his album Recovery has sold 2.7 million copies, the strongest sales of 2010. Many music industry insiders and executives foresee the 2011 Grammys having the most competitive record and song of the year nominees in recent memory. Next yearâs Grammy night is also being seen as bittersweet for those in the music industry, as it will show the shift away from albums and toward the less profitable singles. The award showâs main categories are song and record of the year, album of the year, and best new artist. It was unanimous among those surveyed on possible nominees for song and record of the year that Eminem and Rihannaâs âLove the Way You Lieâ; Lady Antebellumâs âNeed You Nowâ; Jay-Z and Alicia Keysâ âEmpire State of Mind,â and Lady Gagaâs âBad Romanceâ would fight for top honors. The album of the year category is seen as subpar, but Eminemâs Recovery remains a favorite to win. âThis is Eminemâs year,â says Billy Mann, who served as co-writer and producer of Pinkâs hit âGlitter In the Air.â âHe brought his best game and then some. The public can feel it and the industry can feel it.â Other albums that are seen as possible nominations for album of the year are Sadeâs Soldier of Love, Jay-Zâs The Blueprint 3, Lady Antebellumâs Need You Now, Arcade Fireâs The Suburbs, Usherâs Raymond v. Raymond, Herbie Hancockâs The Imagine Project, and Robert Plantâs Band of Joy. For best new artist, many see it coming down to Justin Bieber and Drake, with Drake taking home the award. Florence & the Machine, Susan Boyle, and Adam Lambert are seen as other possible nominees. B.o.B and Mumford & Sons were also mentioned. Newcomers Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars are ineligible for nomination due to their album release dates falling outside of the eligibility period which is September 1, 2009-September 20, 2010. Grammy nominations will be announced during the third annual âGrammy Nominations Concert Live!!âCountdown to Musicâs Biggest Nightâ concert. The Grammys will air on CBS on February 13.
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