Friday, December 2, 2011

SuBo to go head to head with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards after both score nominations for Best Pop Album



Battle of the divas: Susan Boyle, pictured in New York this week, will go up against Lady Gaga at next year's Grammys after both scoring nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album

Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and John Mayer also score nods

Eminem sweeps the board with TEN nominations

These are two names you wouldn't normally hear in the same sentence.

Susan Boyle is set to go up against Lady Gaga at next year's Grammy Awards after both artists scored nominations in the coveted Best Pop Vocal Album category.

The 49-year-old singer, whose second album the Gift was released last month, was stunned by her inclusion in the nominations.

She said in a statement today: 'Up against wonderful artists like Lady GaGa and Katy Perry I don't expect to win for a moment but how fantastic just to be recognised like this with a nomination on my first album.'

Perry is nominated for her latest album Teenage Dream, which has spawned hits California Gurls, Firework and the title single.

Justin Bieber and John Mayer round out the category with their records My World 2.0 and Battle Studies, respectively.

Britain's Got Talent runner-up Boyle has sold over ten million copies worldwide of her debut album I Dreamed A Dream, while Gaga's The Fame Monster has achieved over 14 million global sales, with 2.4 million in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company sales data.

Katy Perry was the only artist in the pop album category on hand in Los Angeles to hear the nominations last night.

The singer, who dressed for the theme in a metallic confection, is also up for Album of the Year.

Golden girl: Katy Perry at the Grammy nominations concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California

Opening act: After rehearsing her routine yesterday, Katy slipped back into her silver dress to perform her hit California Gurls

She also received a nod for best female pop vocal performance for her single Teenage Dream, and best pop collaboration with vocals for California Gurls alongside Snoop Dogg.

But it was rapper Eminem, riding high on the comeback trail after spending several years battling drug addiction, led the field of Grammy contenders with 10 nominations.

The 38-year-old, who did not attend the nomination ceremony, will compete for the three big awards of album, song and record of the year, as well as in a host of rap categories.

Leading the charge: Eminem, pictured here in January, received an impressive 10 nominations for his comeback album, Recovery

The nominations were announced as part of an hour-long TV special from Club Nokia, which Katy opened with a high-energy performance.

The show also featured appearances by nominees such as Bruno Mars, Train and Miranda Lambert.

It was a night that also saw the academy honor one of the year's most profane but infectious hits: Cee Lo's F*** You, so rude it had to be changed for radio to Forget You, was nominated for both record and song of the year.

'It wasn't meant to be a radio song,' said Cee Lo, of Gnarls Barkley, after the nominations.

'It was meant to be something with flair and first impression and it really took on a life of its own, and I had no idea it would become what it is today.'

That song was co-written by Bruno Mars and helped him garner seven nominations, the second-highest tally.

'It's just been a great year, incredible, incredible year, and I can't believe this is happening to me,' said Mars, who was also nominated for best male pop vocal for his own hit, Just the Way You Are.

'We've worked so hard trying to make a living doing music and the fact that we're here right now is incredible, incredible.'

Other top nominees included Lady Antebellum, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, who were all nominated for six each. Gaga also was nominated for album of the year - the second straight nomination in the category for her.

source :dailymail