Grammy nominations show was a ladies' night
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift scoop up 18 nominations between them, but Whitney Houston is a surprising absence.
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Despite the love directed at the industry's divas, there were some unexpected omissions, points out Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, who says he was surprised that Whitney Houston was overlooked. "The Grammy voters usually pay attention to the whole trajectory of a career," he says, adding that in this case, Houston's comeback album was not just good, but had a couple of what he considers great songs as well as being a remarkable return for a major artist.Skip to next paragraph
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Following are the nominees in the top four general categories.
Album of the Year:
I Am... Sasha Fierce (Beyoncé)
The E.N.D. (The Black Eyed Peas)
The Fame (Lady Gaga)
Big Whiskey and The GrooGrux King (Dave Matthews Band)
Fearless (Taylor Swift)
Record of the Year:
"I Gotta Feeling" (The Black Eyed Peas)
"Use Somebody" (Kings of Leon)
"Poker Face" (Lady Gaga)
"You Belong With Me" (Taylor Swift)
Song of the Year:
"Poker Face," Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
"Pretty Wings," Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
"You Belong With Me," Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band
The Ting Tings
For a complete list of nominations, go to grammy.com.
• Staff writer Daniel B. Wood contributed to this report.