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Check out the nominees in the top categories

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British sensation Adele hit it big with four nominations, including best new artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and female pop vocal for "Chasing Pavements."
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Lucky number seven? Coldplay bagged seven nominations, with Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends up for Album of the Year, and "Viva La Vida" up for record.
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She's won X-Factor. Now can she win a Grammy? Simon Cowell's protege, Leona Lewis, earned three nominations, including Record of the Year and female pop vocal for "Bleeding Love."
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M.I.A. found mainstream success with the funky "Paper Planes," which is up for Record of the Year.

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss teamed up for Raising Sand, an endeavor that's earned them five nods, including ones in album and record (for "Please Read the Letter").
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Will Grammy voters have "Mercy" on best new artist contender Duffy? The songstress is also vying for pop vocal album (Rockferry) and female pop vocal honors ("Mercy").
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So what if they've already released three albums? The Jonas Brothers had a year like no other, warranting a best new artist nod.
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Lady Antebellum already won best new artist at the Country Music Awards. Can they do it at the Grammys too?
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Missy Elliott knows talent when she sees it. Protege Jazmine Sullivan nabbed five nominations, including best new artist.
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"Love Song"-writer Sara Barreilles may have to write two acceptance speeches should she win female pop vocal or song of the year honors.
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She kissed a girl, but do Grammy voters like it? Bi-curious Katy Perry is one of six nominees in the female pop vocal performance race.
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Two-time Grammy winner Pink will look to add a third trophy with "So What," up for female pop vocal.
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No, it's not a typo. Kid Rock is up a Grammy in a pop category. "All Summer Long" is contending in male pop vocal.
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John Mayer, a five-time champ, is nominated for another five Grammys, with "Say" up for male pop vocal.
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Paul McCartney is singled out for the old and the new. His live version of "I Saw Her Standing There" is nominated for rock solo performance, while "That Was Me" is up for male pop vocal.
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Will a Grammy or two be Jason Mraz's. The reggae-infused "I'm Yours" is contending in Song of the Year and male pop vocal.
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James Taylor, who won his first Grammy in 1972, is nominated in male pop vocal for "Wichita Lineman."