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Eminem tops weak year for Detroit Grammy nominations

for Journal Register Newspapers

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The song says "don't forget the Motor City." But that's what voters did in nominations for this year's 54th Annual Grammy Awards, which were announced late Wednesday night (November 30).

Rapper and perennial Grammy favorite Eminem -- who led last year's nominations with 10 -- was the only Detroit area performer to receive nods for this year's awards. The MC received two -- Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration -- for co-writing and performing on Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor." His own work, including singles from his latest album, "Recovery," and his Bad Meets Evil team-up with fellow Detroit rapper Royce da 5'9", were ignored.

Also not getting any props were Kid Rock, Aretha Franklin, Big Sean, Mike Posner and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., all of whom released recordings during the eligibility period.

The Harper Woods-based Mack Avenue Records label did score a nomination, however -- Best Large Jazz Ensemble album for the Gerald Wilson Orchestra's "Legacy."

Kanye West topped all nominees with seven, followed by Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars with six each and Lil Wayne and Skrillex with five.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 12 in Los Angeles and will be televised on CBS. A full list of Grammy nominees can be found at www.grammy.com.

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