Nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled tonight, with hopefuls in the top categories announced during a concert at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Favorites include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kings of Leon, U2, Green Day, Black Eyed Peas and Eminem. The Grammy Awards will be presented Jan. 31 at Staples Center.
The Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Nick Jonas & the Administration and Sugarland are scheduled to perform during the hourlong concert, which will be broadcast live on the East Coast but shown on tape delay in California.
During the concert, nominees will be announced in some of the major categories. The rest of the nominees in the 100-plus categories will be posted online at Grammy.com.
Taylor Swift, 19, won top honors at the American Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards thanks to the success of her album Fearless.
Lady Gaga is expected to be nominated for the top Grammy categories – best album, record and song. Lady Gaga cannot be nominated in the best new artist category despite skyrocketing to fame this year because she was nominated last year in the best dance recording category for "Just Dance."
The late Michael Jackson earned a pile of American Music Association Awards, but he isn't likely to be a gig name at the Grammys. The soundtrack for the Jackson rehearsal-footage film This Is It was released after the Sept. 1 deadline for Grammy consideration.
LL Cool J will host the nominations concert, titled "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night."
Presenters will include Linkin Park, talk show host/actor George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain and Dwight Yoakam.