Grammy Girls Vie For Awards Show Hardware
2:29pm UK, Sunday January 31, 2010
Heather Christie, Sky News Online
The stage is set for yet another female vocalist showdown at the Grammy Awards as superstars Beyonce Knowles, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga face off at the music industry's biggest night of the year. Taylor Swift accepts her MTV award from fellow Grammy nominee Beyonce in 2009 R&B diva Beyonce leads the race with 10 nominations to Swift's eight and Gaga's five.
All three women, who will also perform at the awards, are nominated for record of the year, album of the year, and song of the year. Eyes will also be on Kanye West - who is nominated for six Grammys - as Beyonce and Swift duke it out once more after a contentious race at last autumn's MTV Video Music Awards.
West surprised viewers as he interrupted Swift's acceptance speech for best video, saying that Beyonce should have won instead. Dance hall gurus The Black Eyed Peas are also running neck and neck with the ladies, winning nominations in six categories including record and pop performance of the year.
Gaga sports one of her eccentric 'dos This year's Grammys will begin at 5pm in Los Angeles (1am GMT) and the show is expected to feature an extended 3D film tribute to Michael Jackson, who will be honoured posthumously with a lifetime achievement award. The show's producer has distanced himself from rumours that the King of Pop's children - Paris, Blanket and Prince Michael - would be performing.
"Don't know where that came from and I really don't have anything to say about it," Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammys, told America's Access Hollywood entertainment news show. Performances are, however, expected from Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Green Day, Pink, Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Mary J Blige and Andrea Bocelli, among others.
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