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Wednesday
Dec052012

Grammy Nominations Announced Tonight: Whose Names Will Be Called?

PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyAt the 54th Grammys earlier this year, two-time winner Tony Bennett was the only veteran act who took home more than one trophy.  Which artists' names will be called tonight, when the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards will be announced?  The nominees in the top categories will be revealed on the CBS primetime special The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!, co-hosted by Grammy winners Taylor Swift and LL Cool J, and airing live from Nashville.

In addition to the revelation of the nominees for the music industry's highest honor, the special, airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT, also will feature a performance by rock legends The Who.  Other artists on the big event's entertainment lineup include Maroon 5, fun., Ne-Yo, and and country stars Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

So, who'll be racking up the nods tonight?  Billboard.com editor Tye Comer tells ABC News Radio that unlike last time, when it was wall-to-wall Adele, Grammy is likely to spread the love among a handful of nominees in the top categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Among the veteran stars Comer thinks may see their latest albums recognized are Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan

"You know, the Grammy committee always...turns their ears to some of the tried-and-true artists," he says, "and I think that both Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, and even Bob Dylan have a chance of getting strong Album of the Year nominations."

Springsteen's Wrecking Ball has received much acclaim, McCartney has gotten a lot of attention for his standards collection, Kisses on the Bottom, and Dylan's latest, Tempest, is another in a string of well-received releases from the folk-rock legend.  As for Richie, his hit country duets album Tuskegee likely could score the former Commodores frontman nominations in multiple categories.

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