The full list of nominations for the 2010 Grammy Awards were unveiled last night, and it represents all the usual suspects. Taylor Swift leads the way with 10 nominations total, including nods for Record, Song and Album of the Year. It seems like the Grammy Awards would be the perfect end to an incredible cycle for Swift, whose Fearless is the top-selling album in the country in 2009 and who has won just about every award for which she has been nominated in the past 12 months (including Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards, Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards and Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards). Just behind her in nominations is Beyoncé, who continues to be lauded for her excellent I Am ... Sasha Fierce and who also scored the nomination trifecta for Record, Song and Album of the Year.
The biggest competition to Swift and Knowles will likely be Lady Gaga, whose The Fame continues to tear up the charts and break giant singles. Gaga is nominated in the same three categories as the other ladies, making this three-way rivalry a somewhat familiar one, but also one that pits three quite distinct styles against one another. The Black Eyed Peas also picked up a handful of nominations for their album The E.N.D. and the smash single "I Gotta Feeling," which spent most of the summer sitting on top of the Billboard Hot 100.
As far as surprises go, the biggest shock might be the Album of the Year nod scored by Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, the tribute to late band member LeRoi Moore. (That album also picked up a nod for Best Rock Album.) We'll have plenty more coverage later today (including some inexplicable choices in some truly odd categories), but for now, check out the official Grammy Awards Web site for the complete list of nominees in all 110 (!) categories.