Swift is also nominated for Record and Song of the Year for her crossover smash "You Belong With Me." Swift is the first female country solo artist to be nominated for each of the "Big Three" awards since Shania Twain scored 11 years ago with Come On Over and her crossover smash "You're Still The One."
The Peas are nominated for Record of the Year for the third time with "I Gotta Feeling." They were previously nominated for "Where Is The Love?" (with Justin Timberlake) and "Let's Get It Started." They also received their first Album of the Year nomination for The E.N.D.
Kings of Leon were nominated for Record and Song of the Year for their stirring rock anthem "Use Somebody." They would doubtless have also been nominated for Album of the Year, but their Only By The Night album was released before the start of the eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2008 through Aug. 31, 2009).
Dave Matthews Band, which has been one of the top-selling album acts in the country for 15 years, received their first Album of the Year nomination for Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King.
Several other high-profile albums were passed over for Album of the Year, but did at least score a nomination for the top album award in their specific genres. These include Pink's Funhouse (which is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album), Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night (Best R&B Album), U2's No Line On The Horizon and Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown (both Best Rock Album), Eminem's Relapse (Best Rap Album), and Bob Dylan's Together Through Life (Best Americana Album). (Maxwell also received a nomination for Song of the Year for co-writing "Pretty Wings.")
Instead, the finalists for Best New Artist are Zac Brown Band, Keri Hilson, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and The Ting Tings. Zac Brown Band's The Foundation is a finalist for Best Country Album.
Also passed over for Best New Artist: Owl City, which had a recent #1 single with "Fireflies," and the Lonely Island, the comedy troupe that features Andy Samberg of Saturday Night Live.
Here are the nominations in the top four categories, and selected other races:
Record of the Year: Beyonce's "Halo," Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me."
Album of the Year: Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce, Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., Lady Gaga's The Fame, Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King, Taylor Swift's Fearless.
Song of the Year: "Poker Face" (Lady Gaga and RedOne), "Pretty Wings" (Maxwell Musze and Hod David), "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" (Beyonce Knowles, Thaddis Harrell, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart), "Use Somebody" (Kings Of Leon), "You Belong With Me" (Taylor Swift and Liz Rose).
Best New Artist: Zac Brown Band, Keri Hilson, MGMT, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings.
Best Pop Vocal Album: Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., Colbie Caillat's Breakthrough, Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted, The Fray's The Fray, Pink's Funhouse.
Best Electronic/Dance Album: The Crystal Method's Divided By Night, David Guetta's One Love, Lady Gaga's The Fame, LMFAO's Party Rock, Pet Shop Boys' Yes.
Best Rock Album: AC/DC's Black Ice, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood's Live From Madison Square Garden, Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown, Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King, U2's No Line On The Horizon.
Best Alternative Music Album: David Byrne & Brian Eno's Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Death Cab For Cutie's The Open Door, Depeche Mode's Sounds Of The Universe, Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeah's It's Blitz!
Best R&B Album: Anthony Hamilton's The Point Of It All, India.Arie's Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, Ledisi's Turn Me Loose, Maxwell's BLACKsummers' Night, Charlie Wilson's Uncle Charlie.
Best Contemporary R&B Album: Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce, Jamie Foxx's Intuition, Pleasure P's The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper, Trey Songz's Ready, T-Pain's Thr33 Ringz.
Best Rap Album: Common's Universal Mind Control, Eminem's Relapse, Flo Rida's R.O.O.T.S., Mos Def's The Ecstatic, Q-Tip's The Renaissance.
Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band's The Foundation, George Strait's Twang, Taylor Swift's Fearless, Keith Urban's Defying Gravity, Lee Ann Womack's Call Me Crazy.
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