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Beyonce Leads 2010 Grammy Field With 10 Nominations

Beyonce leads all nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, reaping the benefits of her smash double album I Am... Sasha Fierce and her prominent role on the soundtrack to last year's Chess Records docudrama Cadillac Records, in which she appeared as an R&B diva from an earlier age, Etta James.

Nominations were announced Wednesday night, and the Houston-born superstar received 10, including one in each major category except Best New Artist: Record of the Year ("Halo"), Album of the Year (I Am...) and Song of the Year ("Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)").

Her other nominations came in Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Halo"), Female R&B Vocal Performance ("Single Ladies"), Traditional R&B Vocal Performance (James' "At Last," from the Cadillac soundtrack), Best R&B Song ("Single"), Contemporary R&B Album (I Am...), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Ego," with Kanye West) and Best Song for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media ("Once In a Lifetime," from Cadillac).

Other Texans with multiple nominations were Willie Nelson, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack. Nelson is up for Pop Vocal Collaboration for his "Baby, It's Cold Outside" duet with Norah Jones, Traditional Pop Vocal Album for American Classic and Americana Album for his Willie & the Wheel collaboration with Asleep at the Wheel.

Strait and Womack's duet "Everything But Quits" was nominated for Country Collaboration With Vocals, with King George also picking up nods for Country Male Vocal Performance ("Living for the Night") and Best Country Album (Twang), and Womack for Best Country Album (Call Me Crazy) and Country Female Vocal Performance for "Solitary Thinkin'," where her competition includes fellow Texan Miranda Lambert's "Dead Flowers."

Other nominees with Houston connections include Missouri City native Robert Glasper, up for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the Bilal duet "All Matter"; Steve Earle, a Contemporary Folk Album nominee for his Townes Van Zandt tribute Townes; Ruthie Foster, whose Contemporary Blues Album-nominated The Truth According to Ruthie Foster was released on Houston's Blue Corn Music; and Beyonce's former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, whose collaboration with French DJ David Guetta, "When Love Takes Over," was nominated for Best Dance Recording.

Lone Star artists were largely shut out of the Latin categories, but Los Texmaniacs and Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso were both nominated in Best Tejano Album, for Borders y Bailes and Radiacion Musical, respectively. Dallas native Roy Hargrove is up for Improvised Jazz Solo for "Ms. Garvey," and the University of North Texas' One O'Clock Lab Band was nominated in Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Lab 2009.

Grammy winners will be announced January 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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