Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Grammy Awards won't be held until Feb. 13, but nominees were announced live Wednesday night on CBS during a concert hosted by LL Cool J at L.A.'s Club Nokia. Among the artists up for awards were Eminem, who led the nominees with 10 nods, and Bruno Mars, whose songwriting skills in particular netted him a chance to bring home seven statues. Artists up for Album of the Year include Eminem's Recovery, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. Best New Artist nods were just as random: Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, Mumford and Sons and Esperanza Spalding are nominated. The Biebs couldn't make the show in person, but he was reached via satellite in London and said, "Wow, it feels amazing. I can't believe I'm in this position. I don't think of myself as a superstar. I think of myself as a normal person living my dream." Cee-Lo Green got a couple of nominations for "F--- You," which should make for an interesting acceptance speech, should he win.